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.
Recipe for Beef Tamales. Making fresh tamales is a rewarding experience. This is the perfect project to enjoy with the children. Make a mini assembly line and get the whole family envolved. Make sure to make some dessert tamales too. Tamales freeze very well so it is best to make a large batch.
A sweet tamale filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins and pecans.