5 Different Ways to Enjoy Tamales This Holiday Season

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Tamale season is here and what better way to serve them up than a variety of ways. Recently, this Hill Country reporter took in the Tamale Festival held in Houston, TX a few weeks back and I had the delectable pleasure of sampling more than a few tasty and unique tamales from around town.

Tamales are a tradition in many families and there’s sure to be someone’s mom, Abuelita (Grandma) or Tia (Aunt) making them from scratch for family and friends to enjoy. Below are a few samplings of different kinds of tamales you can enjoy this Holiday season or better yet start a tradition of making for your own family. Just when you thought there was only one type of tamale, below are five different and delicious tamales flavors to tempt your palate.

1. Traditional Mexican Tamales


Photo: Sonia Ramirez

Growing up in a Mexican family, tamales were a given each holiday season. The traditional Mexican tamales consisted of either seasoned pork or chicken added to the corn masa and wrapped up in the corn husk and steamed to perfection.

It’s like opening up a gift of delicious and savory meat wrapped in either the thinnest or thickest corn masa. Some are really small which makes for eating a whole dozen by yourself easy, and some are packaged really big that just one with a cup of coffee does the trick.

2. Bean and Cheese Tamales

Bean and Cheese Tamale

Photo: Facebook/La Piña En La Cocina

If you’re looking for a meatless tamale to try you can’t go wrong with bean and cheese tamales. You can choose from black beans to pinto beans any kind is great mixed with your favorite queso fresco (fresh cheese). A great recipe can be followed at La Piña En La Cocina website at These are great with a little sour cream drizzled on top and a side of avocado.

3. Spinach and Cheese Tamales

Spinach Tamales
Photo: Sonia Ramirez

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