Refried Bean Tamales
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 15
  • •1 kg (2 lbs) of prepared corn masa dough (see note below)
  • •100 gr (3.5 oz) lard (hmm delicious, right?)
  • •salt to taste
  • •about 2 cups of refried beans, drained
  • •avocado leaves (optional)
  • •corn husks for tamales (found at your local Mexican market)
  1. In a large bowl mix corn masa, manteca and salt. It has to be dry enough to mold.
  2. Extend the resulting dough over a flat surface forming a square of about 2 cms (1/2 to ¾") thick. You can do this in 2 batches
  3. Spread refried beans on top of the masa and carefully roll it.
  4. Cut pieces of about 12.5 cm (5 inches) wrap them in avocado leaves and then in the corn husks.
  5. Cook the tamales in a big steamer for about 35 minutes or until they are thoroughly cooked.
  6. Serve hot with pipian or any other mole.
Recipe by What's Cooking, Mexico? at