Tamales are the ultimate comfort food of Mexico—Made with masa(corn dough), filled with meats, veggies, fruits, and sauces, tamales are wrapped with either corn husks or plantain leaves, steam cooked, the husk or leaf are removed before eating. They’re made in many flavor varieties from savory to sweet. Tamales are also a central part of special holidays & celebrations like Las Posadas, Weddings, Quinceaneras, and Christmas.
Tamales date back to the Aztec and Mayan civilizations, estimated Tamales originated in Mesoamerica as early as 8000 to 5000 BC . Valued for their ease and portability, tamales were used to feed armies, hunters and travelers.
The modern Latino/Mexican family often gather together especially around the Christmas & New Year holidays to make tamales together. Tamales though the quintessential comfort food, also can be very time consuming to make, thus creating the perfect opportunity to gather with friends & family to make them together!
I decided to offer our first Tamalada event in 2011, December 15, 2013 we are hosting our 3rd annual Tamalada (now sold out), it’s a great time to learn about tamales, how to make tamales, & eat tamales; plus we offer specialty holiday cocktails & other Mexican holiday specialties like bunuelos (a crunchy fried thinly pressed flour tortillas coated with cinnammon & sugar, often drizzled with sweet piloncillo!)
If your family doesn’t have ‘family tamales recipe’, you can use ours, it will be posted on our website after Dec 15 Tamalada Event! There are also many great recipes online, experiment with your favorite fillings & masa flavors, have fun & happy tamale making!