What a comfort food! Tamales are great things to make when you have a bit of time. Luckily most of the work is done in the crock pot, but they do take about an hour and half of active work. They are a really great thing to do with kids! Not to mention, they freeze REALLY well! I made these the week before my husband and I moved into our new home. I froze them and reheated them the day we were moving. It provided a great healthy alternative to grabbing food out. They were a big hit!
This recipe is best done in two parts. The night before or morning of: Put your beef into crockpot (Recipe below). Let the beef cool and begin to prepare your plantains. The plantains need to boil for about 30-45 minutes and can simply be left while you do something else. You could also do the plantains the night ahead/morning of.
Then Grab your kids, family, or friends and prepare your tamales! This would be a great time to teach your kids about the cultures that make tamales regularly! It is a pretty brainless preparation. I’m making them as I type this post.
I erased my photos!!! I’m so sad!! I posted the few I had below.. Had to retake a picture of the final one. I apologize. I like mine a little spicier than I made so I added sriracha to mine in the picture. Feel free to add what ever spices you would like! You really can’t mess this up!
Crockpot Beef Recipe
- 2-3 lb roast (or which ever meat you choose, my chuck was on sale)
- 1-2 large yellow onions sliced
- 1/2 cup chicken or beef broth
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 4 Green Plantain
- 1 cup Lard/Butter/Ghee/Bacon Fat
- 1 tbsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Salt
- Bone Broth
- Banana Leaves or Parchment Paper