Take a culinary adventure for dinner with our favorite, flavorful tamale recipes.
March 15, 2013
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Make Your Own Tamales
Known for their rich filling of meats, cheeses, veggies and chiles, tamales have long-since been a staple in Spanish and Mexican culinary culture. Don’t let their long history intimidate you, though–these healthy tamale recipes require patience and time but are well-worth the effort in the kitchen.
First up are our Chipotle Pork Tamales with Cilantro-Lime Crema. These authentic pork tamales are bursting with flavor and serve as a wonderful gift for loved ones. For gift giving, assemble and steam tamales. Cool and freeze, wrapped in husks, in an airtight container, and attach a note about reheating.
2 of 7Photo: Lee Harrelson
Goat Cheese Tamales with Olives and Raisins
A couple of these meatless, sweet-savory tamales make a nice entrée with a salad or black beans, or serve one tamale as an appetizer. To make these tamales vegetarian, prepare the dough with vegetable shortening instead of lard.
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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tamales with Tomatillo Sauce
Not your average tamale–this recipe calls for a unique combination of black beans and sweet potatoes that will serve up an unforgettable dinner dish.
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Pork and Ancho Chile Tamales with Mexican Red Sauce
For ease, make the pork mixture for these tamales a day or two ahead. The recipe makes quite a few servings; serve with Spanish saffron-flavored rice for a fun evening with friends.
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Shrimp and Cilantro Pesto Tamales
Worthy of a special occasion, the timing in this recipe is everything. The shrimp cook as the tamales steam, so they're tender and perfectly done.
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Pork is the traditional filling for tamales in New Mexico, but we chose beef filling for these tamales to mix things up. Adjust the ground chile for more or less heat as you prefer. If this recipe makes more tamales than you need, freeze for up to a month.
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Mama Totota’s Tamales
At only 344 calories per serving, these traditional tamales are a fun way to spice up the dinner menu without negatively impacting your healthy diet.