Tamales mark the official start of the holiday season for me. My family makes tamales wrapped in a corn husk. Other cultures wrap tamales in banana leaf — it totally depends on the type you are making. In this gallery I am going to focus on the ones wrapped in corn husks (Mexican style). We will go over the chile making process, sweet tamales, spicy hot tamales, and how to spread the masa on the husk. Let’s talk about tamales!
Tamale Celebration 1 of 14
This is the 101 on tamale making. Find a recipe you like, then learn to spread the masa and how to steam.
Chocolate Coconut Tamales 2 of 14
The delicate shreds of coconut flavor the chocolate masa sprinkled with pecans. Serve warm in a shallow bath of whipping cream. Simply delicious.
Green Chile Chicken Tamales 3 of 14
Green chile is mixed with chicken, then perfectly stuffed into a masa covering. Green chile can also be made with pork, just depends on your preference.
Potato Vegetarian Tamales 4 of 14
These tamales are out of this world. Start with a spiced green chile masa then fill with a potato wedge, caramelized onions, grilled corn, jalapeno, a black olive, a piece of colby jack cheese and red chile. Oh my word.
Making The Red Chile For The Tamales 5 of 14
Making the chile can be a little mind boggling if you've never made it before. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to make the red chile used in tamales.
Sweet Raisin, Coconut, Pineapple And Pecan Tamales 6 of 14
My mouth just watered. I love a sweet tamale to enjoy at the end of the night with a cup of hot chocolate. This sweetie is laced with raisins and pineapple! Yum!
Sweet Guava Tamales 7 of 14
This is definitely a different take on sweet tamales filled with sweet guava. YUM!
How To Spread Masa On A Corn Husk 8 of 14
Spreading the masa is the key to a good tamale.
Zucchini Corn Tamales 9 of 14
Here is a vegetarian variety. Made with corn and zucchini, and would be great served with a side of cheesy refried beans.
Chocolate Tamales 10 of 14
Are you a chocolate lover? This richly chocolate dense tamale is so special and delicious. Leave them out with a cup of milk for Santa this year!
Peanut Butter Filled Tamales 11 of 14
Whoa! I have never had one of these gems... looks like I will be spending my afternoon in the kitchen making them.
Fried Tamale And Egg 12 of 14
Leftover savory tamales taste best fried with an egg on top.
The Kid Friendly Tamale 13 of 14
Fill the masa with toasted coconut and pineapple for this delicious sweet, kid-friendly tamale.
Chocolate Pecan Tamles 14 of 14
This looks like a chocolate bar for adults. Even though kids will love this tamale, it is decadent and gourmet in a sophisticated palate way.
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