What to Make with Tamales

what to make with tamales

Tamales are an amazing dish that is often underrated. But have you ever wondered what to make with tamales? Tamales are a traditional dish from Mexico and Central America. The word tamale is derived from the Nahuatl word “tamalli”. Tamales can be made with corn masa, meat, or cheese as their primary ingredient and often contain chili peppers and spices such as cinnamon, cumin, garlic powder, onion salt, black pepper and oregano. Tamales may also contain raisins or other dried fruit in some regions of Mexico. They can be wrapped either in plantain leaves (called “hojas”), banana leaves (“leaves de platano”), or Maguey leaves (“esquites”). Tamalitos is a Mexican snack consisting of small tamales steamed in corn husks.

Pork Tamale Recipe

Pork Tamale Recipe

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: pork tamale, pork tamale recipe, tamale, tamales
Prep Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of pork shoulder
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 3 cups of masa harina
  • 2 cups of chicken broth

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large pot, combine the pork shoulder, beer, onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 hours or until the pork is very tender. Remove the pork from the pot and shred with two forks. Discard the onion and garlic.
  • Combine the shredded pork with 3/4 cup of prepared chili sauce and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the masa harina with 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth until it forms crumbs (similar to breadcrumbs). Add more chicken broth if necessary to make sure it is moist.
  • To assemble the tamales, spread 1/2 cup of masa mixture onto the corn husk. Shape into a rectangle. Place 1 tablespoon of the shredded pork mixture in the center of the masa and roll up the tamale, making sure to tuck in the sides.
  • Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  • Place the tamales in a steamer basket and steam for 1 hour or until the masa is firm.
  • Serve with chili sauce and your favorite sides.

Chicken Tamale Recipe

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken tamale, chicken tamale recipe, chicken tamales, tamale
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can 15 ounces black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can 15 ounces corn, drained
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, cover chicken with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and drain. When cool enough to handle, chop chicken into small pieces.
  • Return to saucepan and add beans, corn, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • In a bowl or measuring cup with lid mix together tomato sauce, water and oil.
  • Pour over chicken mixture in saucepan. Cook for 10-15 minutes over medium heat until bubbly.
  • In a large bowl, combine masa harina and broth. Stir until thoroughly combined. Mixture will feel like dough.
  • In a medium saucepan heat milk and oil over medium heat until it bubbles around the edges of the pan. Pour in masa-broth mixture and stir constantly until thickened (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
  • Pour masa mixture over chicken mixture in saucepan and stir until well combined.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  • Pour tamale mixture into dish.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until firm and lightly browned around the edges.

Common Side Dishes To Go With Tamales

A common side dish to serve with tamales is refried beans. A quick and easy way to make refried beans is with a can of refried beans, but for a more authentic taste, cook dried pinto beans in a pot then mash them up.

Serve the refried beans warm alongside the tamales.

Another common side dish with tamales is Mexican rice . This too requires cooking rice, but after it is cooked the rice is then flavored with some spices and vegetables.

Since so many people eat tamales for dinner instead of lunch, serve the Mexican rice as a part of the main course rather than on the side.

Another tasty side dish to go along with tamales is tortillas . Make sure to prepare some delicious salsa to put on top of the tortillas!

And finally, no Mexican meal is complete without a dollop of guacamole . This avocado dip can be used as a condiment for the tortillas or rice, or it can be eaten on its own.

Another common side dish to serve with tamales is chile verde. Chile verde is a stew made with pork that has been simmered in a green sauce made from tomatillos, peppers, and spices. Another popular side dish to serve with tamales is enchiladas. Enchiladas are tortillas filled with a variety of different fillings, such as chicken, beef, or cheese, and then covered in a red or green sauce.

Homemade Refried Beans

Homemade Refried Beans

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: homemade refried beans, homemade refried beans recipe, refried beans recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can baked beans Grandma Browns works great
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and jalapeno pepper and saute until softened.
  • Add the beans and mash them up with a fork or a potato masher.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve warm.

Mexican Rice

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: mexican rice, mexican rice recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, jalapeno pepper, and garlic and saute until softened.
  • Add the rice to the pan and stir well so that each grain of rice is coated with oil.
  • Add the broth to the pan and stir well. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork before serving.
Homemade Enchiladas

Homemade Enchiladas

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Enchiladas, Enchiladas recipe, homemade enchiladas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8-10 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded chicken beef, or cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread a layer of enchilada sauce in the bottom of a baking dish.
  • Fill each tortilla with shredded meat and cheese.
  • Roll the tortillas up, placing them seam-side down in the baking dish as you go.
  • Once all of the enchiladas are assembled, pour any remaining sauce over top then cover with aluminum foil or a lid.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until heated through. Serve immediately.
Homemade Guacamole

Homemade Guacamole

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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: guacamole recipe, homemade guacamole
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cut the avocados in half lengthwise and remove the pit.
  • Scrape out the avocado flesh with a spoon and put it in a medium bowl.
  • Add the remaining Ingredients to the bowl then use a fork to mash everything together until smooth.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Tamales are a delicious and festive Mexican food that can be enjoyed all year long. They can be served with a variety of different side dishes, but some of the most popular ones include refried beans, Mexican rice, tortillas, salsa, and guacamole. With such a wide variety of tasty options, there’s something for everyone when it comes to tamales!

So there you have it – everything you need to know about what to make with tamales. Whether you’re looking for a main dish or some tasty side dishes, there’s definitely something for you in this article. So go get cooking and enjoy a delicious Mexican meal!

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