Yummylicious Beef Tamale Recipe

What is the most yummy and unique dish you have ever had? It cannot be crazier than what we are going to share with you today. The dish is called Beef Tamale. It is a Mesoamerican dish and it is made with masa. It is a steamed dish which makes it a very healthy option but there is the goodness of beef in this dish. It is a beautiful dish that you must try to make at home. We will not say that it is an easy to make recipe but if you follow the steps, you will definitely get there! Just take a look at the recipe and you will be motivated to cook it.

Here Is The Recipe For Beef Tamale:


Preparation Time: 5 Hours 40 Minutes
Cooking Time: 1 Hour
Serves: 6


Boneless chuck roast – 4 pounds
Garlic cloves – 4
Dried corn husk – 3 package
Ancho chiles (dried) – 4
Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
All purpose flour – 2 tbsp
Beef broth – 1 cup
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Ground cumin – 1 tsp
Minced garlic – 2 cloves
Chopped fresh oregano – 2 tsp
Red pepper flakes – 1 tsp
White vinegar – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Lard – 3 cups
Masa harina – 9 cups

Method Of Preparation:

Step 1

Place the garlic and beef in a pot. Make sure the pot is large enough. Cover it with cold water and put it to boil on high heat. Once the water boils, reduce the heat and cover the pot. Let it simmer for about 3 hours. The beef should get tender by now and it should shred easily. If it has not gotten tender, keep it on stove for another 30 minutes. Once the beef is done, just remove it from pot and reserve the liquid in the pot. Discard the garlic. You would get 5 cups at least from the pot. Allow the meat to cool down. Once it is cooled down, use a fork to shred it.

Step 2

Now take a container and place the corn husk and cover it with warm water. Let it soak for at least 3 hours. It should get soft after 3 hours. Keep a check.

Step 3

Now you need an iron skillet. Toast the ancho chiles in it. Do not burn them – you do not want them to leave a bad taste. Let it cool once it is done. Remove the seeds and stems. Crumble this and pulse it in a coffee grinder. You can use a pestle or a mortar as well. You can use any equipment to pulse it.

Step 4

Take a large skillet and heat oil in it. Mix the flour and allow it to brown. Pour 1 cup of the beef broth and stir till it gets smooth. Mix in the pulsed chiles, ground cumin, cumin seeds, oregano, garlic, vinegar, salt and red pepper flakes. Stir in the shredded beef into the same skillet and cover it. Let it simmer for about 45 minutes.

Step 5

Now you need to place the salt and lard in a bowl. It should be a large mixing bowl. Now you need to whip these ingredients. Use an electrical mixer to do so. Make sure it is on high speed. Whip till it gets fluffly. Add the masa harina and beat it at low speed. It should get well mixed. Pour in the cooking liquid that we reserved. Pour slowly! The mixture should get really soft at this point.

Step 6

Drain the water from the corn husks. Now you need to flatten the husk one at a time. The narrow end should be facing you. Spread about 2 tbsp of masa mixture on the husk. Cover only 2/3 of the corn husk. Now spread 1 tbsp of the prepared mix meat mixture at the center of masa. Roll the corn husk. Once you have rolled it, you can tie it up with a butchers twine. This is an important step. Make sure you make a clean roll.

Step 7

Place the tamales in a steamer. You need to put it in a steamer basket. Steam the tamales over boiling water. It should take one hour to prepare the tamales. The masa will get firm and it will hold the shape as well. You need to keep a check and make sure that the steamer should have water at all times. Serve it immediately to your family and guests. They can unwrap it and have their own tamale. Your dish is ready!

This is surely hard work but it is a great dish. Your family needs a break from the usual things that you eat. How about making something new? Try making the beef tamales today and surprise your family. We are sure you will love it. Happy cooking to you!


Anshu Choudhury is a Delhi girl. She loves to write and believes that words have power to change lives. She has a Master's degree in Sociology from Jamia Millia Islamia. Anshu loves cooking. She aspires to open her own restaurant serving Bengali and Odiya cuisine. Dancing makes her happy. She likes traveling and swimming. She is versatile, optimistic and adventurous.

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