Tamales with ButcherBox.ca 100% Grass Fed Grass Finished Stew Beef

Mar 23, 2021


We loved these beef tamales, and we're sure you will, too! You can freeze your tamales for up to a month and have them anytime you're craving this treat!


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb Butcher Box.ca 100% grass fed grass finished stew beef
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground dried red New Mexico chile (or chili pepper flakes, etc)
  • 16 large dried corn husks


  • 3 cups Masa Harina
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 cup Butcher Box.ca 100% grass fed grass finished beef bone broth
  • 1 cup water

Other Ingredients

  • 16 long thin strips of dried corn husk
  • 1 cup red chile sauce (or other garnish)


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350F

Step 2

To prepare filling, heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until onion is tender. Add beef; sauté 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Stir in 1 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt; bring mixture to a boil. Cover and bake 1 1/2 hours or until beef is tender.

Step 3

Transfer beef to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Pour drippings into a glass measure. Add enough water to drippings to equal 1 cup. Wipe pan with paper towels.

Step 4

Shred beef into bite-sized pieces. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Return beef to pan; sprinkle with flour. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in ground chile; stir in drippings mixture. Reduce heat, and cook 7 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring often. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.

Step 5

Place whole cornhusks in a large bowl; cover with water. Weight husks down with a can; soak 30 minutes. Drain husks.

Step 6

To prepare dough, combine masa and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add butter and oil; stir well. Add broth and 1 cup water; stir until a soft dough forms.

Step 7

Working with one husk at a time, place about 1/4 cup masa dough in the center of the husk; press dough into a 4 x 3-inch rectangle. Spoon about 2 tablespoons beef mixture down one side of the dough. Using the corn husk as your guide, roll tamale up, jelly-roll style; fold bottom ends of the husk under. Tie 1 corn husk strip around tamale to secure; stand upright in a vegetable steamer. Repeat procedure with the remaining whole corn husks, masa dough, beef mixture, and corn husk strips. Steam tamales, covered, 50 minutes, or until the dough is firm. Remove tamales from vegetable steamer; let stand 5 minutes. Serve with Red Chile Sauce, if desired.