A tamale is a delicious Mexican dish made mostly out of masa (a type of corn flour that has been treated with lime water). Tamales are made by stuffing a corn husk with a mixture of masa, water, and lard. Within this stuffing, other ingredients are often placed as well, for example: beef, chicken, pork, brown sugar, chili sauce, fresh corn, and/or fruit. These are then folded up and steamed. The corn husk is not eaten, as it serves mostly to hold the other ingredients together and provide a little flavor. Tamales may come in both savory and sweet varieties.