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Tamale is a dish that originated in Mexico. It is a corn-based dumpling, wrapped in a corn husk or banana leaf, and filled with meat or vegetables.


A tamale is a Mexican dish made out of corn masa dough wrapped around a filling, usually meat or cheese. The word tamale comes from the Nahuatl word tamalli, which means "wrapped thing".

Tamales are popular during Christmas and other holidays in Mexico, but they're also eaten year-round as street food.

The most common fillings for tamales include chicken, pork, beans, cheese and chile sauce. Tamales can also be filled with fruit and vegetables like squash, pumpkin or chaya leaves. Tamales are often flavored with cocoa or cinnamon.

They can be eaten plain or dipped in salsa verde or mole sauce.

The origin of Tamale

The name "tamale" comes from the Nahuatl word tamalli, which means "wrapped thing." It's believed that tamales were brought over to Spain by the conquistadors and then made their way back to Mexico with Spanish settlers. In the 19th century, Mexican settlers brought tamales north to the United States.

There are two types of tamales: red and green. Red tamales are made with pork and lard; green ones are vegetarian, made with chilies and cheese.

Tamales have been around for thousands of years. The Aztecs began making them more than 2,000 years ago to celebrate the winter solstice. Today people make tamales for holidays such as Christmas and New Year's Eve, but they're also popular at weddings and other special events.

FAQs about Tamale

How do you eat tamales?

To eat tamales, begin by unwrapping the husk. It is recommended to start at one of the ends and then separate the layers. Once the husk has been removed, use a fork or spoon to scoop the tamale onto a plate or bowl. Tamales can be eaten as-is, or they can be served with sauces, salsa, cheese, or other toppings. Enjoy!

What are tamales name 3 ingredients that they are made of?

1. Masa (corn dough)
2. Pork, beef, chicken, or other fillings
3. Spices and seasonings

What is a tamale in Mexican food?

A tamale is a traditional Mexican dish made from corn-based masa dough that is steamed or boiled in a corn husk or banana leaf. The filled dough can be made with various fillings, including beef, pork, chicken, cheese, or vegetables and often served with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole.

What is inside a tamale?

A tamale typically consists of a masa (dough) made from corn or other starch, which is steamed or boiled inside a corn husk or banana leaf wrapper, then stuffed with various fillings that can include meats, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, chilies and spices.

Types of Tamale

There are many different kinds of tamale fillings: chicken and cheese; pork, chilies and cheese; beef or chicken with mushrooms; chicken with olives; shrimp with tomato sauce; fish or seafood with vegetables in a tomato sauce or cream sauce; even rabbit!

The word "tamale" comes from the Nahuatl word tamalli—which means "wrapped."