Making homemade Hot Tamales can be time consuming, but worth every minute it takes. Call your friends and family for help and have a Tamale Making Party. You can make them spicy or mild, with pork, chicken, beef, vegetarian or whatever you like. Some folks even add beans and cheese, the filling of the tamale is only limited by you imagination! This recipe makes 4 dozen you can adjust the recipe for the amount you want to make. In the Southwest, tamales are a tradition during the holiday season, but are enjoyed any time of the year.