Although most of the tamale recipes out there are meat tamale recipes, that doesn’t mean there aren’t vegetarian tamales. In fact, they’re pretty easy to make. Here’s a simple one.
The Ingredients. First things first, you’re going to need two cups of masa corn flour, half a cup of butter, a teaspoon of salt, a quarter-teaspoon of sugar, half a cup of broth, one teaspoon of baking powder, a quarter-teaspoon of black pepper, two and a half cups of corn, one and a half cups of cheddar, four ounces of roasted chilies, two diced tomatoes, and some husks.
Making the Filling. Blend your cheese and corn in a food processor until it’s a mealy consistency, and then add your butter, masa, salt, sugar, pepper, and baking powder. Blend again until it’s loosely mixed, and add your broth. Continue blending the tamale mixture until it’s smooth. Take a soaked corn husk, and put about two tablespoons of the mixture in. Then, fill it with some cheese, slices of chili pepper, and tomatoes.
Cooking the Tamales. Close up your husks, making sure your filling is all covered. Roll and fold the ends of all your tamales, and put them in them in a steaming tray above some boiling water. Leave them there to cook for about half an hour, or at least until the masa flour mixture has set. Then, enjoy your vegetarian tamales!
This is a pretty basic recipe for vegetarian tamales, so feel free to riff off of it. If you want to make it spicier, feel free to add some hot pepper, or pour in some hot sauce as you blend to give it a bit of an extra kick. You could even try switching out cheeses, or even use a nice little blend. Do whatever your little, vegetarian heart desires!
If you know of any other recetas de comidas for vegetarian tamales, feel free to share them in the comments.