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Tamales are a traditional recipe made by many different culturals. This recipe is for a Oaxaca Style Tamale. Tamales are often prepared during the holidays and passed around to family members to share in dining together. These Oaxaca Style Tamales are packed with flavor and style. Try these Oaxaca Style Tamales and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. We hope you enjoy them! You can also give this recipe a star rating.


  • 500 grams dough (tortilla)
  • 250 grams vegetable shortening (melted at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon water (cold, you can put it in the freezer for 15 minutes)
  • 1 cup pork stock (you can obtain the stock when you cook the pork in this recipe)
  • 500 grams pork (legs)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup mole sauce (can be found under the brand Doña Maria in most Latin American supermarkets)
  • banana leaves (cut in large squares)
  • salt (as desired)


  1. Place the pork legs, bay leaves, green bell peppers, onion, and salt in a pressure cooker, and let it cook for 15 minutes on high once the steam is coming out.
  2. Let it cool off and shred the pork legs.
  3. Mix the vegetable shortening and water until soft using a whisk.
  4. Slowly add 1 tablespoon tortilla dough and 1 cup pork stock to the vegetable shortening while mixing. Repeat until you add all the dough to the shortening.
  5. Prepare the mole sauce by following the instructions in the package and mix it with the pork legs.
  6. Carefully heat the banana leaves on the stove. This should soften them.
  7. Place the banana leaves on the counter, spread 3 tablespoons tamales dough in the middle of each leaf, and spread enough mole/pork mix over the dough.
  8. Fold both sides of the banana leaves into the center (lengthwise) and then fold the shorter outer portions into the center as well. The edges should be facing the counter.
  9. Cook the tamales in a steamer for 1 hour.
  10. Let them cool off for 10 minutes before serving.
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NutritionView more



Calories1360Calories from Fat990
Total Fat110g169%
Saturated Fat28g140%
Trans Fat8g
Calories from Fat990
Total Carbohydrate58g19%
Dietary Fiber6g24%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Abbey G. 1 Jun 2015
These tamales are good, but they have a different flavor that has to be balanced out. Make up some dessert tamales to go with them. Use some pumpkin, cinnamon and a little brown sugar to mix in with masa. Spoonful this mixture in to the corn husks, and steam them like the other tamales. They don't take long. The Oaxaca tamales can also have cheese, black beans, green chilies and corn mixed in. These extra ingredients add so much flavor.