Some easy recipes for Mexican tamales are easy-to-make tamales from Herdez and the Food Network's easy corn tamales. A slightly more complicated but authentic recipe is pork tamales from PBS.
Make easy corn tamales by pureeing 7 cups of fresh corn kernels and mixing them with 1/2 cup of dried corn flour and 1 1/2 sticks of softened, unsalted butter creamed with 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. Mix in 1 egg, 1/2 tablespoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. Once a dough forms, spread it in 20 dried corn husks. Place the tamales in a steamer, cover with 1/2-inch of water, and cover. Steam the tamales for one hour, and serve.
In another easy recipe, blend 6 cups of corn masa mix, 1 cup of corn oil, 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 6 cups of chicken broth while soaking 1 bag of corn husks in warm water. Mix together 1 1/2 shredded rotisserie chickens and 14 ounces of salsa. Spread the mixture in the corn husks, and top with the chicken mixture. Fold over the edges of the husks so that they overlap, and place the tamales in a steamer. Cook for 40 minutes until the tamales easily peel away from the husks.