This is a sample recipe from Tamales 101 by by Alice Guadalupe Tapp. If you have a Mexican market near by you may be able to purchase freshly made masa dough. If don't have a handy source and you don't care to take the time to make it from scratch the masa flour is a quick reasonable substitute.
From Vegetarian Gourmet 1993, Don Matesz. This a vegetarian tamale made with tofu, onion, bell pepper, soy sauce and mustard.
Recipe by Rick Bayless
A sweet tamale filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins and pecans.