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12 (1 tamale each)

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  • Mix masa harina, lard, baking powder and salt in large bowl with wooden spoon until well blended and crumbly. Gradually add just enough chicken broth to make a stiff dough, stirring constantly; set aside. Mix chicken, cheese and lemon juice in medium bowl.
  • Hold banana leaf with tongs and pass quickly across a stove burner on medium heat several times until banana leaf is pliable. (Do not overheat or leaf will become brittle.) Spread 1/4 cup of the dough into 3-inch square in center of smooth side of banana leaf. Top with about 2 Tbsp. of the chicken mixture. Fold over sides of the leaf and both ends to completely enclose the filling. Repeat to make 12 tamales.
  • Line large tamalera with remaining 4 banana leaves. Stack tamales in basket, folded sides down; cover. Adjust heat to maintain a gentle boil. Steam for 1 hour or until tamales pull away from the banana leaves, adding more water to the pot when necessary. Cool slightly before serving.

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Spend time with your family making this special recipe. Then when it comes time to enjoy them, be sure to keep an eye on serving size.


Tamales can be assembled, wrapped tightly in foil and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Steam as directed.

Special Extra

Serve with your favorite salsa.

Cooking Know-How

If you don't have a tamalera, stand tamales in a steamer basket in large saucepan or pot filled 1/4-full with water. Make sure tamales are not in the water. Bring water to a boil and cover. Steam for 1 hour or until tamales pull away from the banana leaves, adding more water to the saucepan as needed.


  • 12 (1 tamale each)

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 12 (1 tamale each)
Calories 250
Total fat 16g
Saturated fat 6g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 420mg
Carbohydrate 17g
Dietary fiber 2g
Sugars 0g
Protein 9g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 0 %DV
Vitamin C 2 %DV
Calcium 10 %DV
Iron 8 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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