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A homemade tamale on a dinner plate.

Shredded Beef Tamales Recipe

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
Make the best Shredded Beef Tamales homemade authentic Mexican tamales for Cinco de Mayo or any time you are craving Mexican food.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 16 Servings
Calories 168 kcal


  • 2 cups seasoned and shredded Beef (I used my crock pot shredded beef)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cups shortening
  • 2 cups corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 10 large corn husks
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • sour cream
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  • Place the corn husks in a bowl of hot water and soak them to make them pliable.
  • In a skillet heat the Crock Pot Shredded beef, chili powder, cumin, and salt.
  • In a bowl beat the shortening until fluffy.
  • Add the corn flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined well.
  • Fill each corn husk with 2-3 tablespoons of tamale dough spreading it down the center and spreading to the sides.
  • Spread 1 tablespoon of meat filling down the center. Roll the husk so the dough surrounds the meat completely.
  • Fold the husk envelope style over the filling.
  • Place each tamale on a plate and cover with a damp paper towel to keep moist.
  • Fill the remaining corn husks with dough and meat filling.
  • Place a rack in the bottom of a deep pot. Fill the pot with hot water just to the rack. Stand tamales upright in the pot on the rack.
  • Bring to a boil and cover.
  • Steam for about 30-40 minutes, replacing water as needed.
  • Check that tamales are done by removing one and opening to see if dough is firm and no longer sticks to the corn husk.
  • Serve with enchilada sauce and sour cream.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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