Jalapeño and Cheese Tamales (Vegetarian)

Prepare for a flavor-packed experience with Jalapeño and Cheese Tamales! This delectable dish is sure to please, featuring a spicy kick and a creamy texture that's hard to resist. If you're a tamale enthusiast, this dish is a must-try that's sure to impress.

Jalapeño and Cheese Tamales

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Ingredients for Jalapeño and Cheese Tamales

  • Pickled Jalapeños, drained and rinsed
  • Cheese: Monterey Jack or Oaxaca cheese cut into strips

  • Masa
  • Maseca cornflour
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder (optional)
  • Vegetable broth or water

  • Wrap
  • 1 bag 12 - 15 oz Corn Husks ( approx. 30)

  • Step-by-step Instructions:

    Soaking the Corn Husk 
    •  In a large pot, I place corn husks in hot water with something heavy on top to keep corn husks underwater for at least 2 hours. Corn husks can be bought at most stores in the Hispanic/ethnic aisle in most grocery stores. If you can't find them, you can buy them here online.

      Making the Masa (tamale dough) 
      • Mix Maseca Tamal or Masa Harina, baking powder, salt, and garlic powder in a bowl. 
      • Add enough vegetable broth/or water and mix thoroughly with your hands or spoon to make a soft moist dough.
      •  In a standup mixer, mix the vegetable shortening with the paddle or whipping attachment until light and fluffy.
        Jalapeño and Cheese Tamales
      • Add the masa and continue beating until the batter becomes smooth and slightly sticky. Drop a pea-size piece of tamale masa(dough) into cold water, if the dough floats...your dough is ready.

    • Gather all your tamale ingredients, a tamale pot, and a spoon ( I use a plastic putty knife) or tamale spreader. 

    • Cover the mixing bowl with a damp paper towel, to keep the dough from drying out.

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      • Spread masa on tamale husk, and place 2 cheese strips and 2 jalapeño slices. (you can use 1 jalapeño slice for a milder tamale). 
      • Fold the sides over towards the center, place in a pot with a steamer insert, and cook for approximately 1 hour with 1 inch of water, always keep at least 1 inch of water on the bottom for steaming. 
      • Let tamales sit for at least 15 minutes for tamales to firm up when done cooking.

      • Jalapeño and Cheese Tamales
        Serve with salsa, Mexican rice, and refried beans.

      Jalapeño and Cheese Tamales

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