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Instant Pot Tamales Recipe: Homemade Delight

Written by: Lucas Johnson

Whipping up these instant pot tamales is a breeze! Just mix, spread, roll, and let the pot do its magic. Perfectly steamed, packed with flavor - they're my go-to comfort food.

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Boy, am I excited to share this with you! From my own kitchen comes this fantastic Instant Pot Tamales recipe. It's authentic, easy to whip up, and packed with flavor. A true feast for the senses! If you own an Instant Pot and love Tamales, this recipe is must-try. Make your kitchen burst with the aromas of homemade Tamales. So, roll up your sleeves, let's embark on this food journey together!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Tamales

  • Masa harina: Corn flour that forms the base of tamales, providing a soft and fluffy texture when cooked.
  • Chicken or vegetable broth: Adds moisture and flavor to the masa dough, enhancing the overall taste of the tamales.
  • Baking powder: Helps the masa dough rise and become light and airy during the cooking process.
  • Vegetable oil: Adds richness and moisture to the masa dough, ensuring the tamales are not dry when cooked.
  • Corn husks: Used to wrap and steam the tamales, imparting a subtle corn flavor and keeping the filling moist.
  • Salsa: Adds a burst of flavor and moisture to the tamales, complementing the other ingredients with a zesty kick.
  • Shredded cooked chicken: Provides a protein-packed filling for the tamales, adding savory flavor and heartiness to each bite.
  • Shredded cheese: Melts into the filling, adding a creamy and gooey texture along with a delicious cheesy flavor.

Essential Tools for Making Tamales in an Instant Pot

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the tamales quickly and efficiently.
  • Mixing Bowl: To combine the masa harina with broth, oil, and seasonings to form the tamale dough.
  • Corn Husks: Used to wrap the tamale dough before cooking, imparting a traditional flavor and aroma to the dish.

Instant Pot Tamales Recipe: Homemade Delight

This Instant Pot Tamales Recipe is a homemade delight that brings the traditional flavors of tamales to your kitchen in a fraction of the time. Perfect for a family meal or a special occasion.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 people
Calories 380 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Bowl


Main Ingredients

  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 0.5 cup vegetable oil
  • 12 corn husks
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded cheese


  • Soak corn husks in warm water for 30 minutes.
  • In a bowl, mix masa harina, broth, baking powder, salt, and oil to form a dough.
  • Spread dough on soaked corn husks.
  • Add salsa, chicken, and cheese on top of the dough.
  • Roll the tamales and place them in the Instant Pot with 1 cup of water.
  • Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.
  • Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before opening.


For a vegetarian version, use vegetable broth and omit the chicken.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 15gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 600mgPotassium: 300mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 150mgIron: 2mg


Keyword Instant Pot, Mexican Food, Tamales
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Preparing and Storing Tamales Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the tamales as instructed but do not cook them.
  • Store the uncooked tamales in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before cooking.

Freezing Instructions

  • After assembling the tamales, place them in an airtight container or freezer bag.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • When ready to eat, cook the frozen tamales in the Instant Pot for 40-45 minutes.

When making tamales, adding a small piece of avocado leaf to the masa dough can impart a subtle, earthy flavor to the tamales.

Common Questions About Making Tamales in an Instant Pot

Can I use a different type of meat for the tamales?
Yes, you can substitute the shredded chicken with beef, pork, or even beans for a vegetarian option.
How long can I store the cooked tamales?
Cooked tamales can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
Can I make the masa dough ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the masa dough ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before assembling the tamales.
Can I steam the tamales instead of using an instant pot?
Yes, you can steam the tamales in a steamer basket over boiling water for about 1-1.5 hours until cooked through.
How can I tell when the tamales are done cooking?
The tamales are done cooking when the masa dough is firm and easily pulls away from the corn husks.

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