Strawberry Tamales

Try these traditional tamales with a sweet strawberry twist by Ana Frias of Muy Delish. The delicious fruity filling makes them a perfect sweet treat.

strawberry tamales

Strawberry Tamales

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Yield: 27 Tamales
Calories: 182kcal

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  • Steamer


  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk warm
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups white masa harina
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 cups strawberry jam
  • 3 drops of gel food coloring optional
  • 27 dried corn husks


  • In a large bowl, stir together the almond milk with 2 cups chopped strawberries.
  • With an electric mixer, beat shortening and sugar for 3 minutes on medium-high speed until shortening is fluffy and doubles in volume.
  • Add the baking powder and salt and beat for 1 minute until incorporated into the shortening mixture.
  • Add 2 cups of the masa and half of the strawberry milk mixture; continue to beat until combined.
  • Add the water and remaining corn masa and mix.
  • Add the remaining strawberry milk mixture and optional red food coloring and beat at low speed, until well incorporated.
  • Refrigerate dough for one hour.
  • Meanwhile, soak the corn husks in water for 30 minutes or until soft and pliable.

Assemble tamales:

  • Using the back of the spoon, spread the dough in a 4x5" rectangle in the middle of the corn husk, leaving at least a 1-inch wide border on the left and right sides and half an inch on top. Add 1 tablespoon of strawberry jam in the center of the dough, fold the corn husk, and form the tamales.
  • Note: If the corn husk is not wide enough, you may layer two husks to form a medium-sized tamal.
  • Fold the tamales: Pick up the 2 long sides of the corn husk and bring them together. Press the husk against the masa lightly to seal. Then, where the two ends have come together, tuck the leaves of the husk over each other into a tube-shape. Press down on the narrower end to seal, then fold up toward the wider end. (The other narrow end should enclose itself.) Tie a thin corn husk ribbon around the tamal, if desired. Repeat until the dough is used up.
  • Place the tamales in a steamer vertically. Cook for approximately 40 minutes or until the center is solid and the husk separates easily from the tamal.
  • Enjoy warm!


Serving: 1  Tamal | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 228mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin C: 7mg

13 Comments on “Strawberry Tamales

January 30, 2021 at 7:05 am

5 stars
So tasty!

CA Strawberries
February 1, 2021 at 8:32 am

Wonderful to hear!

Dianne L. Barron
December 4, 2021 at 9:27 am

is it premade masa?

CA Strawberries
December 4, 2021 at 11:45 am

Hello! No, you can make your own masa using the white masa harina (white Mexican corn flour). The instructions to make it are included in the recipe card on the page. I hope that helps!

CA Strawberries
December 6, 2021 at 11:56 am

Hello! You will need to make your strawberry masa. Please see video and recipe instructions on the page. Enjoy!

January 15, 2022 at 1:05 pm


January 24, 2022 at 4:17 pm

Your recipe calls for 2 cups strawberries, but directions only call for 1 cup. Is there a typo? Please let me know.

CA Strawberries
January 25, 2022 at 4:04 pm

Hello! We checked with the recipe developer and the directions should also say 2 cups of strawberries. We will make that correction. Thank you!

November 28, 2022 at 4:33 pm

Does it have to be almond milk? Thanks!

CA Strawberries
January 3, 2023 at 2:25 pm

It can be any kind of milk. Hope you enjoy them!

December 10, 2022 at 10:50 am

Yes making them right now I had a order for them so let’s hope they come out

December 20, 2022 at 9:51 pm

5 stars
Best tamales and family loves them! Always make them for Christmas

CA Strawberries
January 3, 2023 at 2:23 pm

That’s wonderful!


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