Cuban Style Tamales

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Cuban Style Tamales
Recipe Info - Skill Level
Recipe Info - Serving Size
12 to 14 tamales
Recipe Info - Prep Time
30 min
Recipe Info - Cook Time
2 hr 22 min
These delicious Cuban style tamales are filled with pork and corn and are worth the time and effort. For a spicier tamale, add roasted green chiles.


Make It

Step 1

Soak corn husks in water for at least 1 hour.

Step 2

Heat oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add pork, onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.

Step 3

Add tomato sauce and bell pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 7 minutes. Remove from heat. Set aside.

Step 4

Place corn in a food processor. Pulse 5 to 7 times or until corn is a thick, chunky consistency.

Step 5

Add corn to pork; stir. Add masa; stir until combined.

Step 6

Place corn husk on a flat surface, pointy side down. Spread ¼ cup pork mixture on husk. Fold sides, overlapping over filling, then fold pointy side up. Repeat with remaining filling and husks.

Step 7

Arrange tamales upright on steamer rack. Fill with hot water to right below the rack.

Step 8

Cover top of tamales with remaining husks and damp towel; cover with lid. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, adding water as needed. Steam for 2 hours or until masa pulls away from husk.

Step 9

Serve warm with a side of sour cream.


Add 1/3 cup of roasted green chile strips to the mix for a spicy kick.