Authentic Mexican Beef Tamales

Mexican Beef Tamales,k Photo by tatslow, Flickr commons

Now you have the opportunity to make the most amazing and delicious authentic Mexican beef tamales that you have ever tasted. We also includ a wonderful tamale relish that is made from scratch and is quick and easy. Each step of making these beef tamales is layed out carefully and completely so your results will be the best.


There is nothing more delicious than a fresh, hot tamale. If you take your time and make these tamales with loving care, you will receive lots of compliments.


4 pounds boneless chuck roast


4 cloves garli/c
3 (8 oz.) pkgs. dried corn husks
4 dried ancho chiles
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup beef broth
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon white vinegar
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon salt
9 cups masa harina


Here are the complete steps to preparing these amazing and delicious Mexican beef tamales.


Place the beef and garlic in a large pot. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat. As soon as the water boils, reduce heat to a simmer and cover the pot. Let simmer for 3-1/2 hours, until the beef is tender and shreds easily with a fork.

After the beef is done, remove from pot, reserving 5 cups of cooking liquid. Discard the garlic. Allow meat to cool slilghtly. Shred into small pieces with 2 forks.

Meanwhile, place corn husks in a large container and cover with warm water. Allow husks to soak for 3 hours, until soft and pliable. You may need to weight them down with an inverted plate or heavy can.

Toast ancho chiles in a cast iron skillet, making sure not to burn them. Allow to cool and then remove the stems and seeds. Crumble and grind the chilies in a clean coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle.

In a large skillet, heat up the oil. Mix in the flour and allow it to brown slightly. Pour in 1 cup beef broth and stir until smooth.

Mix in the ground chilies, cumin seeds, ground cumin, minced garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, vinegar and salt. Stir in the shredded beef and cover. Let simmer for 45 minutes.

Place the lard and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whip with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy. Add in the masa harina and beat at low speed until well mixed. Pour in the reserved cooking liquid, a little at a time, until the mixture is the consistency of soft cookie dough.

Drain the water from the corn husks.

Flatten out each corn husk, one at a time, with the narrow end facing you. Spread 2 tablespoons of the masa harina mixture onto the top 2/3 of the husk.

Spread 1 tablespoon of the meat mixture down the middle of the masa harina.

Roll up the corn husk, starting at one of the long sides. Fold the narrow end of the husk down onto the rolled tamale and tie with a piece of butchers’ twine.

Place wrapped tamales into a steamer basket. Steam over boiling water for one hour, until the masa is firm and holds its shape. Make sure the steamer doesn’t run out of water.

Serve immediately, allowing each person to unwrap their own tamales.

Keep leftovers inside their husks and store them uncovered in the refrigerator.

Continue to the next page for the delicious tamale relich recipe.


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