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Category: Main courses

Cheese and chile tamales (Tamales de queso y chile)

Every year at this time, many Latino families gather to celebrate a fragrant tradition--the tamalada, or tamale-making party. These family gatherings serve as social affairs where members of the extended family get together to prepare food, catch up on family ... Read more

Active work time: 1 hour | Total preparation time: 2 1/2 hours | Makes 40 tamales
  • 2 pounds Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 (7-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • Salt
  • 1/2 pound corn husks
  • 4 pounds prepared masa for tamales

Step 1Mix cheese and chiles in large bowl and season to taste with salt.

Step 2Soak husks in a sink filled with warm water 15 minutes. Remove and pat dry. Stack in pile.

Step 3For each tamale, take a spoonful of masa and spread on corn husk, making sure that tapered end of husk points down and that there is room all around the husk to allow for wrapping. Place about 1/4 cup chile-cheese mixture in center. Fold in each side of husk, then fold up from bottom. Repeat to make rest of tamales.

Step 4When tamales are all formed, place in batches in steamer set over simmering water. Steam until masa is firm, about 1 1/2 hours.

Each tamale:
279 calories; 624 mg sodium; 20 mg cholesterol; 12 grams fat; 33 grams carbohydrates; 10 grams protein; 0 fiber.
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