No need to adjust your eyes…yes, it is true…KETO TAMALES!!!

Ingredients for the masa:
400 mL can baby corn
1 cup sesame seed butter
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Ingredients for filling:
2 tablespoons lard (or other fat, like butter, tallow, etc)
1 jalapeno pepper
a few sprigs cilantro
a few sprigs parsley
1 green onion
1/4 cup strained tomatoes
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup pulled pork (or whatever cooked meat of your choice: chicken, beef, etc)
Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for shell:
16 tamale husks OR husks harvested from 2 fresh ears of corn

To make the masa, I started with canned baby corn

Make sure what you buy is the low carb stuff, like this label shows

Place the baby corn in food processor (and discard liquid in can). Breakdown the baby corn until you get a crumbly paste

The next ingredient is sesame seed butter. Again, ensure that it is just one ingredient - sesame seeds

Add 1 cup of sesame butter to the baby corn, and blend well until you get a thick paste

Add 2 egg whites to the paste, and blend well again

Add ground cumin and ground pepper, and blend well again

This is what the resultant masa should look like - nice and thick. Set the masa aside.

To make the filling, start with chopping the vegetables: jalapeno pepper, green onion, cilantro and parsley

Then add the lard to the pan and turn up the heat

Drop the chopped vegetables in the fat

Then add the cumin, oregano and pepper

Cook until tender. In the next step you will add the strained tomatoes

Mix the strained tomatoes - let them cook for about a minute

I then added 1/4 cup water to loosen the sauce to this consistency

The sauce was placed in a small blender, to puree the mixture

The puree came out a lighter colour - nothing to worry about, as the red colour will come back with cooking again

I then added 1 cup of pulled pork (leftovers in my fridge). The filling was then adjusted for salt and pepper

For the outer shell, I had to harvest leaves from fresh corn

Chop the bottom (or else the leaves will not come out as one big piece)

Then chop the pointy tops off, to get squared leaves

In each leaf, add a dollop of masa

Then add a smaller dollop of meat filling

Roll the tamale, and bend the ends. Use aluminum foil to wrap around your tamales.

Place a steamer basket in a couple of inches of water, and turn the heat up

Place the tamales in the pot to steam

Place lid on pot, and let the tamales steam for 45 minutes (make sure it does not go dry - add water to pot if necessary)

Take the tamales out as soon as 45 minutes have elapsed

Look at them beautiful tamales!

The perfect bite

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(brian) #2

Awesome directions. They look amazing!

(Richard Morris) #3

I need more :heart:'s to give that recipe

(8 year Ketogenic Veteran) #4

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I really really really love tamales a really whole lot…

(Jeremy Storie) #5


(Richard Morris) #6

What are the odds … so do I. :slight_smile:

(Griffin Mekelburg) #7

Sweet baby Jesus this is the greatest thing I have come across on here and that says a whole lot lmao! I must make these some time, I used to be a garbage disposal for homemade tamales from a coworker, I need this in my life lmao

(Lauren) #8

I haven’t had tamales since I left Mexico when I was 10 (lived there 5yrs). I didn’t realize how much I missed them until I saw these pictures. I know what I’m making this weekend!

(Tom Seest) #9

Baby Kornz…

(8 year Ketogenic Veteran) #10

Tamales are truly one of my favorites. I may have to make these next Sunday when I break my fast. I already have the baby corn on hand!

I’m beginning to wonder, @richard, if we aren’t genetically related somehow…


This looks awesome! I have tried another low carb forum’s baby corn tamal recipe, but had mixed results.

Looking forward to trying yours! I think the egg whites and sesame butter will hold them together better. Plus your fabulous photos really help.

Ps. For the language nerds, tamal is the singular of tamales.

Pps. Making these for breakfast!

(Michelle) #12

1 million likes!!!


:joy: funny




Really? Can you share link? I haven’t seen any keto recipe for tamales. I’d like to know how they did it.

I got the idea of using sesame seed after talking to an El Salvadoran lady who told me she adds sesame seeds to the corn masa. I keto hacked the recipe by adding the egg white, because baby corn lacks the starch to bind the dough.

Thanks for correcting my spelling of tamal. I will make correction. :grinning:


Awesome! :smiley:




Sure, there’s a whole thread about it:


I tried that version with good results once, but the masa didn’t always firm up.

(Oh and I wasn’t directing the tamal remark at you, just threw it out there for general edification lol.)

ACCKKK – I just realized I used my last can of baby corn for a failed tortilla experiment – if you have any ideas for that project, I’m all ears!!! Or eyes. Or whatever…

Pssst! Show me yer taco!

Oh heck…i don’t mind at all…we are all here to learn from each other. I appreciate it :grin:

Thanks for the link !!

(James storie) #20

Bookmarked! I’m going to have to take a week off work to cook everything I want too!.