Not quite a burrito, in no way a fajita, and not even close to being a taco, a tamale is made of corn-based dough (or maize), and can be filled with beef, chicken, pork, chilli, cheese, beans or vegetables.
Tamales come wrapped in a corn husk which forms the tamale and gives it a distinct texture. Cooking is a breeze, just boil, microwave or steam. Add some salsa, guacamole or hot sauce and enjoy!
Place unopened bag of tamales in 4-5 inches of boiling water, turn water down to simmer for 20 minutes from frozen or 15 minutes if thawed.
Remove Tamales from the plastic bag. Place tamales in the steaming pot with the lid on above boiling water (with the open end of the tamales facing up if possible). Steam for 30 minutes if frozen or 20 minutes if thawed. (You can't over steam a tamale).
Ever wonder where the saying "Hot Tamale" comes from?! These little buggers cook up hot! Leave your tamales to stand for a couple of minutes before unwrapping them to eat.