how to set up tamales in pot

how to set up tamales in pot

How to Set Up Tamales in Pot

Tamales are a traditional Mexican dish that is becoming increasingly popular all around the world. Even if you’ve never made tamales before, it’s surprisingly easy to set up a pot of delicious tamales. Here’s what you need to know to get started:

Ingredients and Supplies

  • Corn Husks – You can pick up dried-out corn husks in Mexican grocery stores or order them online.
  • Filling – The filling will vary based on your preference, but common options include cheese, pork, beef, or chicken.
  • Starch – Most tamal recipes require 1 to 2 cups of starch, either masa harina or wheat flour, plus salt.
  • Spices – You’ll also need some spices to give your tamales flavor. Common options include garlic, cumin, chile powder, oregano, and salt.
  • Additional Seasonings – You can also add some oil or butter, plus a splash of chicken broth or water.
  • Cooking Supplies – You’ll need a large pot with a steaming basket, and plenty of water.


  1. Begin by soaking the corn husks in hot water for 30 minutes, until they are pliable.
  2. Prepare the filling by combining the meat, spices, and additional seasonings. Divide the filling into tablespoon-sized portions.
  3. Mix together the starch and spices for the dough. Gradually add hot water, stirring until you have a thick paste.
  4. Lay a corn husk out flat on the counter. Spread half a cup of dough over the middle of the husk. Place a tablespoon of filling on top of the dough and fold up the husk.
  5. Place the tamal in the steamer basket and complete all 12 tamales.
  6. Place the steamer basket in the pot. Fill the pot with water until it is just below the level of the basket. Bring the water to a boil and reduce it to a low simmer.
  7. Cover the pot and let the tamales steam for about an hour. Check periodically to make sure the pot still has enough water.
  8. Remove the steamer basket and let the tamales rest in the covered pot for about 10 minutes.
  9. Remove the tamales from the pot and enjoy!


  • You can buy pre-made dough or make your own by blending masa harina, water, lard, and salt.
  • You can add additional flavor to the water in the pot by adding herbs or spices.
  • If you are having trouble getting the dough to the right consistency, try adding a teaspoon of baking powder.
  • To freeze leftover tamales, let them cool and wrap them in aluminum foil.

Making tamales in a pot is a simple and rewarding process. It’s also a great way to get your friends and family involved in the cooking process. With a little practice, you’ll be the tamal master in no time!