How to Steam Tamales in a Crock-Pot

Tamales are enjoyed every day in different ways. They are also special meals that you serve family and friends on special occasions and family gatherings. But do you know how to make some good tamales? There are different ways of making tamales including using an oven and a microwave.

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So, can you cook tamales in a crockpot? Not only is it possible, but it is also the most recommended way of doing it.

In this post, we are going to teach you how to steam tamales in a crockpot/slow cooker and get the best results.

Let us get started.

The Ingredients

Before you start preparing your meal, you will need to make sure that you have the right ingredients. The ingredients you require include:

  • 15-ounce drained can corn
  • 40ounce chopped green chilies
  • ½ a teaspoon of kosher salt
  • A minced clove garlic
  • A half diced yellow onion
  • A teaspoon of cumin
  • 5 pound rotisserie chicken

What to do

It is possible to use chicken in your tamale filling. However, if you want, you can cook some pork or beef overnight using a crockpot. Make sure to add chili pods and spices. All the same, the meat should be tender enough to shred with ease before putting it in the tamales.

In case you choose the rotisserie chicken, make sure to combine your meat with some garlic, onion, cumin, salt, a can of chilies, and some drained corn and put them in a crockpot. Cook the ingredients on low heat for around 6 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Before the onions go in the tamales, they should be translucent. If you are trying to save some time, simply skip the onion and garlic and use chilies, salt, drained corn, and cumin. Put them in a mixing bowl and put them aside.

The next step involves softening the corn husk, which is done by soaking in some hot water till they are pliable. For the masa, you should combine the ingredients of the dough in a mixing bowl and beat them at high speed until the dough becomes spongy. Drop a piece of the dough in some water and if it floats, it is ready. Otherwise, keep beating the dough.

Next, take a piece of the dough and spread it in some corn husk so that you do not see the husk. Add some cheese and filling. Next, simply fold the husk so that you join the masa edges. add more dough if you do. Fold the edges of the corn husk in the center and put in an empty crockpot.

It might take you a bit more time to get it all done but make sure you do it right.


Once the crockpot is full, place the lid on it and cook the ingredients on high. How long should tamales steam? This should cook for around 6 hours. Those on the edges might cook faster than the others, which is normal. After your tester is okay, simply unplug your appliance and remove the lid.

Avoid unwrapping until they set for around 15 minutes.


Steaming tamales in a crockpot provide amazing results that you will truly love. Even though there might be a lot of work, the presentation is impressive. Make sure to take your time so that you do it right. Have fun!

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