Tamales From All Over Latin America

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The holidays are here, which means we are in prime tamale season. Making them, buying them, eating way more of them than is probably allowed. We know that several countries make these delectable, packaged meals, but what exactly are the differences among them? HipLatina decided to unwrap (see what we did there?) the mystery and detail how six paises make their tamales.

Mexico

Photo: Herdez

Modern Mexican tamales are made starting with masa/masa mix and lard. The masa is usually filled with chicken or pork in mole or salsa verde, and wrapped in corn husks. In some tropical places in Mexico, plantain or banana leaves are used. These tamales can be up to 15” in size. Other varieties, including sweet tamales, are also made in Mexico.

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