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mango tamales

A traditional favorite transformed into a new dessert option with mangos.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Serving size: 6


• 6 large dried corn husks, soaked in warm water to soften
• 1 cup masa harina , (corn flour)
• ¼ cup softened butter
• ¼ cup brown sugar
• ½ teaspoon baking powder
• 5/8 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 cup mango nectar
• 1 large ripe mangos, peeled, pitted, and chopped (makes approximately 2 ½ cups. Use 2 tablespoons for tamales and reserve 2 cups for Mango Topping)
• Lime wedges, (garnish)

    For Mango Topping:
    • 2 TB orange liqueur or orange juice
    • 2 TB brown sugar
    • ½ tablespoon butter
    • ½ pinch or dash cinnamon
    • 1 cup remaining mango


Remove husks from water and pat dry.

In a medium bowl beat together masa, butter, brown sugar, baking powder and cinnamon until fluffy. Beat in nectar until smooth.

Spread equal amounts of mixture in the center of each corn husk; top with 2 tablespoons chopped mango.

Bring in the sides of the corn husks so that the edges of the masa meet, then fold in both ends to enclose filling.

Steam for 1 hour, then let cool slightly.

Combine 2 TB orange liqueur or orange juice, 2 TB brown sugar, 1/2 tablespoon butter and dash cinnamon in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Stir in 1 cup chopped ripe mango (about 1 mango) and cook for a few minutes more.

Serve warm sauce over warm tamales with lime wedges on the side.

Recipe courtesy of the National Mango Board (


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