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Beef Tamales

These Beef Tamales offer the perfect way to try a traditional Mexican delicacy on your own terms. These tamales are made with high-quality, all-natural ingredients, including slow-cooked beef, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and a variety of spices. All are wrapped in soft corn masa dough and steamed to perfection for outstanding flavor and texture.


  • 1 ½ cups Braveheart Top Sirloin Steak, cooked and finely chopped

  • 2 cups masa harina

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • 1/2 cup lard or vegetable shortening

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 cup diced onions

  • 1/2 cup diced bell peppers

  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes

  • 1/2 cup diced jalapeno peppers (optional)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

  • 1/4 cup diced fresh green onions

  • 1/4 cup diced fresh parsley

  • 2 cups shredded cheese (optional)

  • 24 dried corn husks


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the masa harina, beef broth, lard or shortening, baking powder, and salt. Mix until the dough comes together and is smooth.

  2. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the cooked beef, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers (if using), garlic, cilantro, green onions, and parsley. Mix until well combined.

  3. If using cheese, add 1 cup of the shredded cheese to the beef mixture and mix until well combined.

  4. Soak the corn husks in warm water for at least 30 minutes to soften them.

  5. Spread a small amount of the masa dough onto each softened corn husk, leaving about a 1-inch border around the edges.

  6. Place a spoonful of the beef mixture onto the center of the dough. If using cheese, sprinkle some of the remaining 1 cup of cheese over the top of the beef mixture.

  7. Fold the sides of the corn husk over the filling and roll it into a tight cylinder shape, making sure that the seam side is facing down. Repeat with the remaining masa dough and beef mixture.

  8. Place the tamales seam-side down in a large steamer basket or on a rack in a large pot. Add enough water to the pot to reach the bottom of the steamer basket or rack.

  9. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and steam the tamales for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the masa is cooked through and the tamales are tender.

  10. Serve the tamales hot, garnished with your choice of toppings such as sour cream, salsa, or chopped fresh cilantro. Enjoy!

Looking for more recipe inspiration? Braveheart Stuffed Eggplant.

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