Yeah, quick and easy is my thing, and guess what? TAMALES ARE QUICK AND EASY! Well, not quick-quick, but quick-do-something-else-while-you-wait-quick.

Believe it or not, I keep a package of corn husks and a bag of masa harina in my pantry. I know, you’d be more likely to expect instant rice and Velveeta, but no.

You can fill tamales with all kindsa stuff. I filled these with Meatless Griller Strips, salsa, and cheese.

Okay, soak the corn husks in warmish water for a few minutes, then drain. Meanwhile, mix the masa harina into tamale dough according to package directions. I don’t use lard, so I used Smart Balance Organic Buttery Spread. Spread a lump of the dough onto a corn husk. Put on some salsa, some warmed griller strips, cheese, maybe some beans and/or rice. Not too much. Wrap the corn husk around it all and fold down the ends or tie them off.

Put the corn husk packets in the top of a double boiler or a steamer with the water just barely simmering and steaming. Dampen a cloth and put that over the top of the packets.

Steam for 45-60 minutes.

You can serve these with more salsa, taco or enchilada sauce, melted cheese, as you like it.

My Tamales

tamalesYeah, they kinda leaked, but, as my Grandpa used to say, it don’t hurt the eatin’ of it.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character is surprised when a project turns out to be much easier than expected.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Tamales!

  1. Jim Hilton

    February 25, 2015 at 8:21am

    I do love them there tamales

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  2. Jane

    February 25, 2015 at 9:25am

    You MADE the wrappers!!
    Instant chef cred.

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      Marian Allen

      February 26, 2015 at 9:29am

      Oh, tamales are delicious and delightful! Even the ones that come in a can are pretty good, but fresh ones are stellar!

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  3. john

    February 26, 2015 at 4:02am

    looks yummy. do you use corn husk. if i dont have corn husk what other wrapper can i use except plastic.

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      Marian Allen

      February 26, 2015 at 9:36am

      Looking online, I find these suggestions: 1. Buy corn in the husk, pull off the husks, and dry them in a 100F oven until they’re … you know … dry. 2. banana leaves 3. cabbage leaves 4. parchment paper 5. aluminum foil. Naturally, whatever you use will give the tamale a different flavor or non-flavor.

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  4. john

    March 1, 2015 at 11:02pm

    thank you i use some banana leave and it has some aromatic smell that i like.

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  5. James Pabling

    June 12, 2015 at 12:47am

    I love tamales, thanks for this wonderful guide. Can’t wait to make some then eat them during movie marathons.

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