Week 4 June: Hot Tamale

Hot Tamale




Many garden birds will enjoy this recipe. Tamale combines meat, fats, fruit and a soft dough that birds can easily eat.  

You will need:


  • 12 trimmed corn husks.
  • Paper Towels
  • 2kg of pulled beef burgers
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed red hot pepper flakes
  • Two-thirds of a cup of water


  • Two-thirds of a cup of lard.
  • 1 stock cube dissolved in one-quarter of a cup of boiling water.
  • 2 cups of cornmeal.
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

How to make it!

  • Soak the corn husks in water for 1 hour before making this recipe.
  • Make the filling. Cook the pulled beef mince until it is brown.
  • Mix together the raisins, hot red pepper flakes and water. When done add the mix to the mince.
  • Mix the lard with the masa harina and the baking powder and add the stock to form a spongy dough.
  • Remove the corn husks from the water and place them on a paper towel to remove the excess water.
  • Place the husks in a row to be filled.
  • Spread one tablespoon of dough over each cornhusk before adding one tablespoon of the mixture to the centre of the husk. Now fold each side of the husk towards the centre.
  • Repeat this process and fold in the same way all the cornhusks.
  • Now place the Tamale in a metal colander over steam and hot water for one hour.
  • Leave to cool then cut into small pieces and place outside for birds to eat.

Hot Tamale recipe - Mexico


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Phil Bracegirdle

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