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Bacon Jalapeno and Monterey Jack Tamale Bites

Bite size tamale pies filled with bacon, jalapeno's and monterey jack cheese perfect for a party!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican American
Servings: 45
Calories: 48kcal
Author: Bernadette


  • 7 slices hardwood smoked bacon
  • 3 scallions ,bottom 1 inch removed, sliced thin
  • 2-3 jalapeno's ,seeded and diced fine
  • 2 medium tomatoes seeded and diced
  • small handful cilantro chopped
  • 1 ½ cups monterey jack cheese
  • 1 ½ cups masa harina (also called golden corn flour)
  • 1 cup chicken broth ,heated
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • vegetable spray


  • In a large skillet, fry the bacon until cooked but not crispy, Remove to a paper towel lined plate, blot excess grease, and chop.
  • Drain the bacon grease from the pan, return to the heat, add the jalapeno, scallions, and tomatoes and saute for about 5 minutes or until the onions are just beginning to soften. Add the bacon and cilantro and cook for a few more minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • While the filling is cooling, prepare the tamale base. In a medium bowl combine masa harina, vegetable shortening, and HEATED chicken broth. Stir until mixture resembles large crumbs, then form into dough using your hands.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray two mini muffin pans (if you have two, otherwise you will be making one full batch, and then another small batch) with vegetable spray. Press a thin layer of maza dough into the bottom and up the sides of each well, pushing up and removing excess from the top.
  • Put an equal amount of filling into each lined well. Bake for 12 minutes, top each tamale bite with cheese, and return to the oven for 5 minutes more. Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing, and serve warm.
  • Highly adapted from Muy Bueno Cookbook http://www.muybuenocookbook.com/2013/01/roasted-chile-cheese-and-bacon-mini-tamale-pies/


If making in batches, cover bowl with mixed maza dough with a damp paper towel.


Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 40mg | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.4mg