Chicken Tamales

Prep Time:
45 min
Cook Time:
1 hr 15 min
Total Time:
2 hr
12 servings


  • 24 tamale papers or corn husks, plus additional corn husks for steaming, if desired
  • 2 tablespoons Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 cups taco sauce
  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
    OR 3/4 cup Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 4 cups White Lily® Enriched Self-Rising White Cornmeal Mix


  1. SOAK tamale wrappers in warm water 30 minutes. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion in oil. Add diced green chiles, chili powder and taco sauce. Remove from heat. Stir in shredded chicken. Set aside.
  2. BRING chicken broth to boiling in small saucepan. Beat shortening in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add cornmeal mix until combined. Gradually add chicken broth until cornmeal mix is thicker than for cornbread, but still moist.
  3. DRAIN wrappers. Place 3 tablespoons cornmeal mixture in center of each wrapper or overlapped corn husks; spread to 4 x 2 inches. Top with 2 tablespoons chicken mixture in center. Fold over short ends; fold over sides until tight against the cornmeal. Tie bakers string around each end and in center.
  4. Tamales may be frozen in freezer bags or used immediately.
  5. PLACE tamales in vegetable steamer. Cover with corn husks, if desired. Place tamales in steamer so that long ends are resting on sides of pot.
  6. STEAM 1 hour if tamales are refrigerated. Heat an additional 15 minutes if tamales are frozen. To test for doneness, tamales will be firm and set, and will begin to pull away from the wrapping.
  7. SERVE topped with any of the following: chili, salsa, guacamole, sour cream or shredded Monterey Jack cheese.


Serving Size (2 tamales), Calories 430 (Calories from Fat 160), Total Fat 18g (Saturated Fat 3.5g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 35mg, Sodium 1130mg, Total Carbohydrate 44g (Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 4g), Protein 18g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 6%, Vitamin C 30%, Calcium 4%, Iron 15%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.