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How to Prepare My Skillet Cooked Tamales with Mexican Rice

Updated on August 7, 2013

Delicious Tamales!

Here are some skillet cooked tamales with some Mexican rice, pico de gallo, lime and my homemade tomatillo chile!  What a great meal this is!
Here are some skillet cooked tamales with some Mexican rice, pico de gallo, lime and my homemade tomatillo chile! What a great meal this is! | Source

Fresh or Leftover Tamales Are Fine!

Hello, it's me again with another "recipe" using fresh made or leftover tamales. We love tamales and have them usually on Christmas or New Year's Eve. However we do have them at other times during the year. My mother in law makes homemade tamales for all of her extended family around Christmas time. everyone comes over to her house and we celebrate and have great food with tamales being my favorite!

Anyway my wife taught me how to serve tamales a different way and I wanted to pass along how to do it. She takes leftover tamales still in their husks and places them in a medium hot skillet. She cooks them until they are heated through and serves them with a little Mexican rice and maybe some refried beans. I had never had them cooked like this but heating them in their husks and allowing them to char a little brings such a wonderful flavor to the masa. I prefer them this way. Let's get to the recipe!

Skillet Cooked Tamales

  • 1 dozen tamales-pork or chicken
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 fresh limes, quartered
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 tbls cooking oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 cups refried beans

Easy To Make!

First heat a skillet over medium high heat and add in some of the tamales. Cook turning as needed until husks are browned or blackened some. Next heat the cooking oil in a medium pot and add in the white rice. Stir rice until browned a little. Add in the chopped yellow onion, celery, garlic and chicken bouillon cube. Pour in the 2 cups of water and stir. Cover pot and turn heat down to low. Cook rice for 20 minutes making sure to leave the lid on. Heat beans in another pot while rice is cooking.

While rice is cooking mix together the chopped tomato, white onion, jalapenos and cilantro to make pico de gallo. Just pour all into a large bowl and mix, mix, mix!

When ready to serve the tamales remove husks and set tamales on a plate. Spoon some rice, beans and pico de gallo on the plate as well. Throw on some quartered limes and tomatillo chile (or your favorite hot sauce). Serve with an ice cold Mexican beer or beers! Enjoy!

I hope you will give this one a try! It is simply marvelous!

Remember to have fun while cooking and entertaining!




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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Love Tamales and Mexican rice. Thanks for the recipe. I will try. Voted up!