Fergie’s Badass Paleo Tamales

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I’ve been making tamales with my Momma since I was tall enough to reach the counter. I made some traditional tamales today for my family… Ate way to many and now my belly is paying the price… And probably will for a few days. I went on a search for paleo tamale recipes and wasn’t too impressed … It took a few tries but I think I got it!!!! Holy mole did I get it! So … They are a bit time consuming to make but well worth it.

“Masa” Ingredients

2 cups almond meal
1 cup cashew meal
1 cup macadamia meal
1 cup arrowroot flour
4 tablespoons palm shortening
3/4 cup chicken stock (preferably homemade)
1/4 cup red chile sauce
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Red Chile Sauce

4 New Mexico Dried Chiles
2 Guajillo Dried Chiles
2 garlic cloves
6-8 cups water

Poached Chicken

1 chicken breast
1 chicken thigh
1/2 onion
4-5 cups water
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 teaspoon dry oregano

To poach the chicken, add the chicken pieces, onion, salt, oregano and water… Bring to boil and then lower heat to simmer… Cook for 35 minutes… Allow to cool and shred the chicken… Set aside ( save the broth !!!)

To make the chile sauce, bring water to boil, add the chiles and the garlic… Turn off heat and cover. Allow chiles to reconstitute for about an hour… Take the chiles and garlic out and place in blender… Add 1 cup of the chile water and begin blended… Slowly add 1/2 cup at a time until you achieve a watery pancake batter consistency… Run the blended chiles through strainer and set aside … You should have at least 1 1/2 – 2 cups of red chile sauce.

Add 1 – 1 1/4 cup of chile sauce to chicken, set aside.

To make the “masa” mix all ingredients together in mixer… Add the warm broth from poaching the chicken whenever possible…


Soak 12 corn husk for about 30-60 minutes … Drain well and spread masa on to husk… You will have to play with the amounts… I suggest you lay out the 12 husks and divide the masa evenly. Using a plastic spatula spread the masa… Add about 2-4 tablespoons of chicken mixture, fold over twice and then fold bottom up. Place in steamer upright and steam for 35-40 minutes. Turn steamer off and allow to sit, covered for at least an hour. Enjoy the labor of love !!!