Shrimp tamales - American Style

Shrimp tamales - American Style


  • Tamale dough:
  • 6 cups of MASECA® Tamale corn masa flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspons of salt
  • 1 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 1 ¼ cups of vegetable shortening
  • 8 ½ cups of shrimp broth
  • Filling:
  • 3 cups of small shrimp, raw
  • 1 cup of chipotle peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup of pineapple in syrup, cubed
  • 12 ounces of cream cheese in stick form and cut into cubes
  • Tamales:
  • Aluminum foil sheets
  • Banana leaves
  • Kitchen twine


Dough for tamales

  1. In a bowl combine MASECA® Tamale corn masa flour, salt, baking powder, shortening, and shrimp broth.
  2. Beat all ingredients until batter is smooth and fluffy.


Tamale assembly

  1. Take a piece of aluminum foil and place a banana leaf on it. Spread batter on the leaf, place a few shrimps in the center, plus a cube of cream cheese, a teaspoon of chipotle and a few cubes of pineapple.
  2. Fold the leaf to form a sack and tie the top with string. Place the tamales loosely in a steam cooker.
  3. Cover the steam cooker and cook for 1 hour.

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