Canned Tamales

Canned Tamales

2 reviews, 5 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 8 hours

This is variation on a recipe I've been using that came from an old Kerr Canning book. These tamales are canned in a pressure cooker and take a while to wrap and prepare. I usually get about 15 pint jars of these from a recipe. I usually have to make the meal twice to have enough for the meat filling. They are great for quick meals when your running short on time.


Meat Filling
3 pounds Ground beef or venison
1 Onion; chopped
3 teaspoons Minced Garlic
3 teaspoons Salt
Add to Meat after grinding
5 tablespoons Chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups Water with 2 beef bouillon cubes; dissolved before adding
1/2 teaspoon Ground cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons All purpose flour
Corn Meal Spread
4 1/2 cups Corn Meal Extra Fine; Like Masa Harina Cornmeal
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons Chili powder
5 cups water; *5 beef bouillion cubes can be dissolved in this if desired

Original recipe makes 45 Servings



Brown the meat and drain off the fat. Add the onion, garlic and salt. Mix well and put mixture through a food grinder using the finest blade.

To the meat mixture add the 5 tablespoons of chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 cups of beef bouillon, cayenne pepper and 2 tablespoons flour. Simmer over medium heat about 5 minutes until thick. Then it is ready to be spread on the meal.

Mix the last 4 ingredients together until smooth and of a consistency to spread. Cut parchment paper into 6 inch x 3 inch strips. Spread meal mixture about 1/4 inch thick. Allow enough space at each end and down one side of the paper to turn these over. Through the center of the meal dough spread about 2 teaspoons of the prepared meat mixture. Roll up, folding sides and the ends of paper.

Into clean pint canning jars pack tamales into jar. To prevent difficulty in packing the last tamale, place it between to knives and slip it into the center of the pack. (I usually get 6 to 7 tamales in a jar.) Add 1 tablespoon of water to each pint before sealing.

Put on lids and bands screwing them down firmly tight, Process in pressure canner at 10 pounds of pressure for 60 minutes.

Verified by gailwhitman
Alert editor   

Canned Tamales

Calories Per Serving: 142 Get detailed nutrition information, including line-by-line nutrition insights?  Try BigOven Pro for Free for 14 days!

Date My private notes
Add your own private notes with BigOven Pro!

Take your recipes anywhere

Save to your recipe box and bring to the store with free BigOven membership!

Recipe Links

Link in another recipe. What would you serve with this?

Comment on Canned Tamales

Rating (optional):

sign in to add your comment

Get seasonal ideas by email


Comment or review

this is really a good recipe but have one question. When you roll,do you roll the paper to the inside along with the masa and filling or just roll masa and filling then roll paper around on the outside.
judith1313 1y ago

Excited to make these!
triciamillsbaehr 1y ago

Add unlimited recipes. Remove ads. Custom folders. Find recipes for your diet. Try BigOven Pro Free