Amazing Green Chili Chicken Tamales Recipe

May 17, 2016

Amazing Green Chili Chicken Tamales Recipe

Yes, they take a bit to make – but they are so fun and worth it. And once you know how to make a tamale, you can stuff them with almost anything.



  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 16-18 tamales


Stand Mixer


  • 18 dried corn husks
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • 1/3 cup green salsa
  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups instant tamale corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/4 pound Monterey Jack cheese


  1. Put husks in a large bowl and cover with hot water – leave an hour.
  2. Combine chicken with salsa, mix and set aside.
  3. Put shortening in a mixer and using the paddle, mix about 2 minutes until fluffy.
  4. In a large bowl put corn flour, salt, baking powder, chili powder and water – mix well with your hands making a soft dough. Turn on mixer, add corn flour combination to the shortening and mix until smooth.
  5. Spread corn flour mix about 1/3 inch thick on the wide end of a corn husk, add some chicken mix down the middle, some cheese, and then fold the sides in to cover the mixture and fold up the narrow end.
  6. Put in a steamer and steam with the lid on 45 – 50 minutes.

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