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Homemade Tamales Part 2: the masa & assembly.mov

The art of making tamales Part 2 (making the masa and assembling the tamales). This is the second part of a 2-part series on making homemade tamales. You will learn to properly make the masa and assemble the tamales.

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  1. Wow spinach&cheese what an idea,looks delish,and loved how you explained, you gals are Awsome!!!

    p.s. Goooo Lumberjacks!! HSU!!
    Lol My daughter 2nd yr.

  2. Love your video. I want to learn how to make Mexican Tamales and your instructions and your variety of recipes has been helpful. Now I need to get over my fear. It looks like a huge project. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I will be making tamales soon and I already boiled my pork the red sauce recipe was very helpful I bought the dryed chilles not knowing excactly how to use them. you helped me a lot. thank you for the videos. ps I was glad to see hair tied up

  4. My Grandma passed away a while ago and i never got her recipe for tamales, i think it’s still around somewhere with my family but i’m glad i found a similar recipe, those tamales looked phenomenal!

  5. This the closest I have seen to my favorite New Mexico tamales, especially your pork filling. I do agree, the most important part of the tamale is the masa..bad if too thick or too dry, both not good. My question is the time of cooking, some say 30 mins other 2 1/2 hours. So many varieties. 

    1. We always check our tamales after steaming for 2 hours.  You want the majority of the masa to be set/firm and only a very small portion to be slightly firm or a little “mushy”.  Letting the tamales sit for 10-15 minutes will finish setting the masa.  The cooking time will vary depending on how many tamales you put in the pot.  Try to place them in your pot loosely.  If you pack them in tightly it can increase the cooking time by 1 to 1 1/2 hours.  

    2. +C. Margaret Steele Have you heard about putting a small piece of the dough in water, if it floats that means its the right consistancy? The last ones I made, the masa came out dry. Some say the masa should be like butter, others like play dough, not sticky. I am confuse to the consistancy of the masa as well. Any thoughts? 

    3. +Linda Baker I’ve never used the float test.  I’ll have to try it.  We always make the consistency of the masa similar to soft butter.  If the masa isn’t soft enough your tamale will be too firm and in some cases dry.  Our tamales are usually soft and moist — never dry.  

  6. Thank you so much. I haven’t made them in years and my friend begged me to make them. I had to tell her I remembered how. Thank goodness for YouTube and you ladies.

  7. Made some this using most of your suggestions! Never would have thought to add tomatillo salsa to the masa. They came out really good. I have never made my own masa before. Thanks for the step by step, it helped to convince me it wasn’t as hard as I had always thought!

    1. +Carmina Salinas I’m so glad you tried making them. They are not hard to make just time consuming.

  8. Ladies tks for your help. I remember my friends mother making tamales 45 years ago and I could never get it quite right. Just made the chicken w/ green chili  … BAM that’s what I remember them like. Thank you so much for bringing back my childhood favorites. PS: I  all the cooking in my home and I’m very picky on my recipes and the food I make, Great homemade tamales.

    1. Awwww! Thank you Ray! This is my Grandma’s recipe so it goes way back. We’ve altered it very little so this is an old family recipe. I’m glad you enjoyed them.

  9. this woman is crazy… they don’t know how to make tamales.. and she is nasty.. she played with her hair and then she used her palm to put in ingridents…

    1. I could see you throwing a tantrum like you are if she were cooking them for you, but she’s not. Quit being ridiculous.

    2. well L.P.  I don’t care what you say, that is my opinion… I bet if you went to a restaurant and saw that happening… you would have a say so…

    3. Alma you are a troll with no self confidence, so you bash others trying to make yourself feel or seam smart. Not. Get a life looser.

  10. This tamale recipe is the best I have found.  The masa dough is perfection.  I love this tutorial because you made it so clear to understand by breaking it down and showing that you don’t have to do everything the same day.  Thank you ladies, I now make your tamales 2 times a year and have to keep it a secret from extended family or I have none for the freezer.

  11. great job girls. Don’t listen to the trolls out there. They are losers. I’ll be trying this recipe soon. Thanks again.

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