Oaxacan Tamales

We bring to kitchen a classic and rich Mexican Oaxacan tamales recipe.

Oaxacan Tamales

Ingredients (8 servings)

  • 1 package large, washed and dried banana leaves
  • 3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 kg green tomato
  • 250 grams lard
  • 1 kg corn masa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Green chile to taste, cooked and liquefied with garlic and onion (thick)
  • 1 kg red tomato with dry pepper to taste, boiled and liquefied with garlic and onion
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • Salt to taste.


  • Put the dough in a bowl and stir in the butter. Gradually stir in chicken broth so that it is a soft dough.
  • Stir in baking soda, salt to taste and baking powder and beat well.
  • Cut the banana leaves into squares. Heat in a frying pan until change color (should stop being green).
  • Separate the chicken in two and cover each half with a sauce. Stir a little until all ingredients are incorporated.
  • On each leaf place a tablespoon of dough and one or two tablespoons of chicken and closes the leaf in rectangular form.
  • Arrange the tamales in a steamer with water. Let heat on high for 4-5 hours. checking constantly that the steamer has water.
  • Serves.
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