Real Texas Tamale Soup Part 2 of 2 Recipe Video

Ramona Werst shares her recipe for Real Texas Tamale Soup and shows how to make it. You can use up some of those Real Texas Tamales from Christmas that you are storing in the freezer!


Preparation Time20 MinCooking Time4 Hr 10 Min
Ready In4 Hr 30 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexAverageServings8
DishMain Ingredient


For soup stock
 Turkey carcass/Chicken carcass1 Pound
 Water2 Quart
 Onion1 Cup (16 tbs), diced
 Roma tomatoes1 Cup (16 tbs), diced
 Cayenne pepper1 Teaspoon
 Chili powder1 Teaspoon
 Kosher salt To Taste
 Ground cumin1 Teaspoon
 Garlic1 Tablespoon, minced
 Fresh cilantro1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), chopped
 Apple cider vinegar1 Tablespoon
 Bay leaves2
For soup
 Tomatoes1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Roasted green chili paste1 Tablespoon
 Fresh corn1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Tamale1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Colby jack cheese/Cheddar cheese1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 238 Calories from Fat 94

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 11 g16.2%

Saturated Fat 3.8 g19%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 44.7 mg

Sodium 694.1 mg28.9%

Total Carbohydrates 19 g6.3%

Dietary Fiber 3.2 g12.8%

Sugars 5.1 g

Protein 19 g38%

Vitamin A 31.9% Vitamin C 25.3%

Calcium 10% Iron 9.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. In a large vessel, add in the Turkey carcass and pour in the water.
2. Add in onion, roma tomatoes, cayenne pepper, chili powder, kosher salt, ground cumin, garlic, fresh cilantro, apple cider vinegar and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and simmer on low heat for 4 hours.

3. Turn off the stove and let stock cool for sometime. Strain the stock and pour in the liquid back to the vessel. Torn out meat from the carcass amd add into the stock.
4. Into the stock, add in the tomatoes, roasted green chilli paste, fresh corn, tamale and Colby jack cheese. Stir all the ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes, until cheese is melted.

5. Garnish tamale soup with cilantro and serve.

Editors Review

Part 2 of the series shows how to add final touches to the cooked soup so that it tastes much better than any classic Tamale soup that you would have ever tasted. Watch and learn!