I am soo excited – I made some Tamales for the first time a few days ago and they came out great. Now this truly does not fit in the “efficient” area of cooking BUT it was fun.
The interesting part was my step-parent only wanted them with ground beef – that was a first too – but they tasted great. We found a couple of different recipes and you know me – I had to add my own twist and pulled from both recipes.
I am going to post the links at the bottom. My twist was with the chiles and the broth.
Preparation of the the ground beef:
I sauteed onions, bell pepper and garlic in oil and added the ground beef. I seasoned it with the suggestions from the recipe. I cut up some of the chiles into the meat while it cooked as well. Once it was browned, I added beef broth and let it simmer for about an hour. I wanted to have very flavored broth for the masa. In the meantime – I soaked chile guajillo pods in water.
I drained the juices from the meat and and took some of the water that the chile was soaking in and put that into a blender. I used that mixture for the masa with the oil. The flavor was excellent. I pretty much followed the recipes for the masa – but I highly recommend NOT using as much salt that they recommend because if your meat is seasoned and you add these juices to the masa – you don’t need more salt. How do you say Fabulous in spanish? I have no idea – lol!
Feeling adventurous – It is a great way to get friends involved in the meal – it will make the process much faster!