Whenever I plan on making tamales, I always plan on spending a few hours in the kitchen rolling out all of the masa, shredding and preparing the filling, rolling the tamales and then stuffing it in the corn husk. Not anymore! Christina Fuentes Rosendahl, a party planner from San Antonio, Texas has shared her trick for making a tamale in under a minute.
With over 11,000,000 views and 5,000 comments, Christina is sharing her technique with fellow tamale makers. While some question the technique, (some authentic Mexican tamale makers are saying that the corn masa should be wet and spread on the dried corn husk), most commenters are thrilled to learn this quick trick to help speed up the tamale-making process.
Posted by Christina Fuentes Rosendahl on Tuesday, January 2, 2018
How To Make Mexican Tamales Fast
Once the fillings are done, it's time to prepare the masa dough (tamale dough). Made with masa harina, flour, baking powder, salt, hot water and pork lard (or vegetable shortening), this dough only takes a few minutes to whip up.
Now comes the part where, once time-consuming, it is reduced to seconds thanks to Christina and her step-by-step guide. Using a plastic flour tortillas bag (in this case a H-E-B bag) cut the sides to make the bag lay flat. Place the bag on the tortilla press, open so once you add the masa dough a flap of plastic covers it.
Press down on the tortilla maker (if you don't have one you can totally get one here) and release. The dough should be almost the size of the tortilla press. Add in your tamale fillings and then roll. Place the rolled homemade tamales in the corn husk, roll and fold, and you're done! Make yourself an assembly line with another helping hand and these tamales will be filled before you can say, "delicioso."
Looking to make your own tamales this week? Check out our chicken tamales recipe and try out the trick yourself. We love to make this tamale recipe and serve it with chile sauce or salsa verde, and refried beans.
If the masa dough seems too wet for the tortilla press add in a little extra of masa harina.