I have always loved tamales, well ever since I moved here to Arizona. Before Arizona I don’t think I have ever had one. For the past few years I have been wanting to make them myself, I always have someone bringing them to me and they are oh so good. It seems that everyone’s recipe is a little different but they all taste great. IMUSA sent me a tamale steamer from their collection of their Latin inspired cookware.
These are great and plenty big enough to make a batch of tamales. These are made out of an aluminum so they’re lighter weight.
After cooking my chicken for 8 hours in my crockpot on low and then shredding it. Then mixing in green chilies, chili powder, sliced olives and garlic powder to complete the filling.
I used already made masa and soaked the husks for a few hours. I think the hardest part was figuring out how to fold and tie the tamales, but once I got the hang of things it went rather smoothly.
My tamales turned out so pretty!! So easy to steam for a few hours, I couldn’t wait to unwrap them. The texture was perfect but my flavor was a little bland I still need to perfect my recipe, I think a homemade masa would have been better.
I can’t wait to try steaming lobster or crab! Check out the great recipes on IMUSA.