The 6 Best Tamale Pots

Updated June 21, 2017 by Steven John

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We spent 24 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. If you want to prepare great tamales, using the freshest pork or beef, the finest chili sauce, and minutely minced onions and garlic cloves is only part of the process. You will also need a great steamer to ensure your comida comes out perfectly. The pots on our list can also be used to steam veggies or simmer soups and stocks. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best tamale pot on Amazon.

6. Heuck Classics

This Heuck Classics is made from high-quality stainless steel and features an encapsulated aluminum disc bottom that quickly heats up and then spreads the warmth around the pot. Do note that this is a rather expensive steamer given its midrange size, though.
  • backed by 20-year warranty
  • does not work with induction stoves
  • gaps in steam rack too large
Brand Heuck
Model H36203-HL-1
Weight 6.2 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Imusa Mexicana 424 Steamer

This Imusa Mexicana 424 Steamer has a clear glass lid, so you can see the progress of your cooking. The lid also has a vent to prevent a dangerous build-up of excess steam. Its grips are coated for comfort and safety, staying cool even when the pot is hot.
  • heats up quickly
  • some units arrive dented
  • knob on lid prone to detaching
Brand Imusa
Model MEXICANA-424
Weight 5.3 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. Smart Cook Vaporera

The mighty forty-quart Smart Cook Vaporera is large enough to prepare a platter-full of tamales at a time, making this pot a good choice for use by the large family or by a host or hostess who entertains sizable crowds at their dinner parties.
  • good for steaming veggies too
  • also great for soups or stocks
  • actually too large for some people
Brand Smart Cook
Model pending
Weight 5.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Granite Ware 6257-1

The Granite Ware 6257-1 has a glass-like surface that will not react with your foods in any way, so you can count on tamales free of tastes or odors imparted during the cooking process. Its rugged porcelain surface resists chips and cracking, too.
  • lasts for decades if well maintained
  • wipes clean with soap and water
  • deep insert comes included
Brand Granite Ware
Model 6257-1
Weight 4.8 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Rick Bayless for Gorham

From "The Mexican Kitchen" line designed by Rick Bayless for Gorham comes this large and attractive tamale steamer. The sixteen-quart pot is preseasoned and ready for immediate use, and with its bold red color, it looks as good as it works.
  • safe for dishwasher cleaning
  • available in two sizes
  • good housewarming gift
Brand Rick Bayless for Gorham
Model -P
Weight 10.3 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Bayou Classic 8512

The Bayou Classic 8512 is affordable, well-made, and even rather handsome, so you will be glad to have it perched atop your stove as you entertain guests or chat with the family before a bountiful Mexican feast. The lid features a knob that stays cool to the touch.
  • lightweight sturdy aluminum
  • distributes heat quickly
  • solid riveted handles
Brand Bayou Classic 8512
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

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Last updated on June 21, 2017 by Steven John

When not writing or spending time with his family, Steven tries to squeeze in some mountain climbing. In addition to writing for several websites and journals, Steven has published multiple novels.

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