Perfect for both seasoned chefs and aspiring home cooks, these recipes provide a step-by-step guide to recreating the magic of traditional Mexican tamales in your own kitchen. Elevate your cooking experience, and bring the warmth and authenticity of Mexico to your dining table with these time-tested and mouthwatering tamales recipes. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that honors the spirit of Mexican gastronomy—one tamal at a time.

Tamales de Elote

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Soft and fluffy sweet corn tamales, these are perfect for breakfast or dessert. This traditional Mexican recipe hails from Michoacán and Guerrero, featuring fresh corn, sugar, and sometimes butter and milk. Easy to make and utterly delicious! Get the recipe: Tamales de Elote.

Pork Tamales

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Delight in the ultimate Mexican holiday treat with Pork Tamales! These fluffy and flavorful delights are filled with tender pork, simmered in a fragrant red sauce. Perfect for sharing, these tamales are a must-have for festive gatherings with friends and family. Get the recipe: Pork Tamales.

Tamales Verde de Pollo

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This Mexican classic features soft corn masa filled with tender chicken in zesty tomatillo sauce. Steamed to perfection, these tamales are flavorful, moist, and satisfying. Enjoy with champurrado or your favorite atole for a delicious meal! Get the recipe: Tamales Verde de Pollo.

Pineapple Tamales with Pecans and Raisins

Pineapple tamales on a plate.
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Pineapple Tamales are Mexican sweet treats filled with pineapple, pecans, and raisins. Soft corn masa makes them fluffy and irresistible. Perfect for holidays and special occasions, they’re easy to make and a beloved dessert in Mexican cuisine! Get the recipe: Pineapple Tamales.

Tamales de Ceniza

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Tamales de Ceniza are savory, meatless tamales cooked with wood ashes, giving them a smoky taste. Wrapped in corn leaves, they’re dense and smooth, perfect for breakfast or with mole stews. Try them with coffee, milk, or atole for an authentic culinary experience! Get the recipe: Tamales de Ceniza.

Instant Pot Tamales (with chili beef)

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This winning Instant Pot tamales recipe not only enables you to utilize your Instant Pot for preparing the filling but also for the steaming process of your tamales! Get the recipe.

Tamales Oaxaqueños

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Taste the tradition with Oaxacan Tamales! These tamales, filled with succulent shredded chicken and decadent mole sauce, are wrapped in fragrant banana leaves. Enjoy the rich flavors paired with champurrado or atole de Maizena. Get the recipe: Tamales Oaxaqueños.

Tamales De Rajas Con Queso

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These gluten-free tamales feature corn masa filled with roasted poblano peppers, cheese, and salsa, wrapped in a corn husk, and steamed to perfection. A beloved dish during Mexican celebrations, indulge in the authentic flavors of rajas and cheese with every bite! Get the recipe: Tamales de Rajas.

Ground Beef Tamales

Ground beef tamales, the ultimate Mexican comfort food.
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Generously filled with a tasty blend of ground beef, vegetables, and guajillo chili sauce, these moist and fluffy tamales are perfect for gatherings. Pair with champurrado or café de olla for an authentic, flavorful experience! Get the recipe: Ground Beef Tamales.

Bonus: Vegan Tamales

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These Tamales are easy, homemade, and meatless! Made with Mexican masa, black beans, chilies, and vegan cheese, these tamales use olive oil and vegetable broth for a perfect plant-based twist. Simply mix, fill, and steam for a delicious vegan delight! Get the recipe: Vegan Tamales.

What To Serve With Tamales

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Discover the perfect partners for your tamales! Whether it’s savory tamales verdes de pollo or sweet corn delights, this guide helps you find the ideal side dishes. From classic Mexican rice and refried beans to zesty salsas and guacamole, these authentic recipes ensure a flavorful meal every time! Go to What To Serve With Tamales.

Maricruz Avalos Flores is a Mexican cook and photographer living in Italy where she shares authentic Mexican & Italian recipes that can be easily made at home using easy-to-find ingredients.

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