Updated July 26, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 8 Best Tamale Pots

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in January of 2017. If you want to prepare mouthwatering tamales, using the freshest ingredients is only one important part of the process. You will also need an efficient and effective steamer to ensure your comida comes out perfectly. The pots on our list can also be used to cook vegetables or simmer soups and stocks, so they earn the space required for storage. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best tamale pot on Amazon.

8. Granite Ware 15.5-Quart

7. Oster Double Tiered

6. Rick Bayless for Gorham

5. Smart Cook Vaporera

4. Imusa Mexicana 424

3. Oster 3-Quart Casserole

2. Concord Stock Pot

1. Gas One 8-Gallon

Special Honors

Williams Sonoma Signature Thermo-Clad Steam & Braise Oven The Williams Sonoma Signature Thermo-Clad Steam & Braise Oven may cost a pretty penny, but it's made to last, so you could potentially prepare hundreds of batches in it. It's also big enough to steam an entire fish, as well as induction ready. williams-sonoma.com

Editor's Notes

July 23, 2019:

To complement a range of cookware sets, we've elected to keep both smaller and larger options, from the diminutive Oster 3-Quart Casserole to the robust Concord Stock Pot that's offered in sizes from 40 to 180 quarts. You'll need room to store these larger sizes, of course, but for churning out larger batches, they can be worth it. We've also opted to add an electric option at this time, the Oster Double Tiered. This won't be for everyone, for a couple of reasons. To begin with, it has a 60 minute time limit, so for long steams, you'll need to refill and reset it; plus, it's on the smaller side. But for casual cooks who make small batches of tamales and don't want to bother with manually boiling water, it might be a good option to consider. And it lets you make plenty of other foods, too, which helps justify the space it will take up in your cabinets. Finally, we decided to remove both the Heuck Classics and the Bayou Classic 8512 due to availability issues.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on July 26, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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