Healthy Meal Prep
Bean Tamales (Tameles de Frijoles) Recipe

Bean Tamales (Tameles de Frijoles)


This authentic bean tamales recipe from Mexico packs quite a punch - both the masa and the refried beans are mixed with ancho chile salsa.


  • dried corn husks
  • 6 dried ancho chile peppers, seeded
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 pinch ground cumin
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon water, or as needed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (17 ounce) can refried beans
  • 1 cup lard
  • 2 pounds fresh corn masa dough
  • 1 (4 ounce) can canned jalapenos, sliced


  1. Place corn husks in a bowl, cover with boiling water, and soak for a few hours. Drain, place on a work surface, and cover with a clean, damp towel.
  2. Place ancho chiles in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  3. Combine ancho chiles, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper, and a little water in a blender; blend salsa until smooth. Strain through a sieve.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 the salsa and cook, 3 to 5 minutes. Add refried beans, stir well, and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Beat lard with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add masa and beat until well combined. Add remaining salsa and continue beating until dough has a uniform red color.
  6. Select 1 wide corn husk. Spread about 2 tablespoons masa mixture onto the the corn husk, filling it up to 2 inches from the bottom and 1/4 inch from the top. Place 1 tablespoon of beans and 1 jalapeno slice in the center of the masa mixture. Fold sides of husk together, one over the other. Fold the bottom of the husk over the seam of the 2 folded sides. Repeat with remaining husks.
  7. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add tamales with the open side up and cook until filling is heated through and separates from the husk, about 1 hour. Let tamales rest for 15 minutes before serving.

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Nutritional Information

Bean Tamales (Tameles de Frijoles)

Servings Per Recipe: 24
Calories: 164.6
% Daily Value *
protein: 5 %
carbohydrates: 5 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 11 %
fat: 16 %
saturated fat: 18 %
cholesterol: 3 %
vitamin a iu: 2 %
niacin equivalents: 3 %
vitamin b6: 5 %
vitamin c: 14 %
folate: 1 %
calcium: 1 %
iron: 3 %
magnesium: 3 %
potassium: 2 %
sodium: 8 %
thiamin: 2 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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