I LOVE tamales, but they can be a pain in the butt to make, and ever look to buy them at the super market? They're like 8 bucks for 8 tiny tamales!  Oh, yes, it's true!!  My recipe makes 12 tamale pie wedges for under 5 bucks! All packaged up in a cute little pie wedge! Plus, there is plenty more masa left over for other future recipes.  See! Deliciouis, AND economical!

  I made these with pork chirizo this time, but I think I will try a vegetarian variation, or do a playful spin on the chile rellanos and see how that goes! Have fun, and experiment with different fillings!  The masa feels like Play-dough in your hands, so it's really easy to mold. A great little project to do with the kids; they'll love molding the masa! 

Have fun!!
-Cath xxo

  • 4 cups of prepared masa (may use masa flour, and prepare as directed on package)
  • 1/2 pound of pork chirizo (or, beef)
  • 1 cup of Mexican crema (may substitute Philadelphia cooking cream)
  • 1 cup of Mexican cheese blend (shredded)
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • You favorite salsa verde, or green chili for dipping


Cast Iron Cornbread Wedge Skillet

Step 1:

Masa can be found in Latin markets, or in the supermarket, you will find masa flour near the All purpose flour. If you buy masa flour, just prepare it according the manufacturers directions. It's pretty easy- usually adding water, or broth.

Also, pork chirizo goes quite nicely with this recipe, so  you may choose to fill with just crema, or cheese and perhaps some chopped roasted jalapenos? That sounds great, actually!!
<p>Made these a couple of times. Great idea, I love tamales but never got the courage to make them. The second time I made these I used my tortilla press to flatten the masa before pressing in the pan. This was much easier than doing it without the tortilla press.</p>
Such a cool idea and what an awesome skillet!
thanks!! It's an old one that I picked up at thrift store for about 6 bucks. But you can buy the same one new by Lodge Brand, for under 20 bucks, I think. I love it and I use it So much!! :-)
Oh and great instructable. Very well written and great photos.. A+
Wowsers!! Thank you, for the great compliment!!! Made my night! <br> <br>-Cath
OMG! That looks delicioso!<br>I'm not a big fan of masa but I would try this recipe in a heartbeat.

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Bio: Cathi Iannone is a Brooklyn-based, designer, Italian-American home cook, and creator of the Italian-American food & lifestyle blog, The Brooklyn Ragazza. She specializes in local and ... More »
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