15 Tasty Tamale Recipes

by Heather

Tamales are a staple in the homes of many Latin American countries, each region adding its own unique twist to this delicious dish. With a history dating back thousands of years to ancient Mesoamerican civilizations, tamales have evolved into a versatile and flavorful treat enjoyed by people around the world. Today, we’ll be sharing fifteen tasty tamale recipes to add to your weekly meal planning.

15 Tasty Tamale Recipes

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Never had a tamale? Here are ten reasons why you should enjoy a few of these tamale recipes!

1. Delicious Flavor: Tamales are bursting with delicious flavors thanks to their savory fillings and seasoned masa dough.

2. Versatility: Tamales come in countless varieties, allowing you to choose from a wide range of fillings and flavors to suit your taste preferences.

3. Cultural Experience: Eating tamales offers a glimpse into cultural dishes from around the world, with each region adding its own unique twist to this traditional dish.

4. Nutritious Ingredients: Tamales are often made with wholesome ingredients such as corn, beans, meats, and vegetables, making them a nutritious meal option.

5. Portable and Convenient: Tamales are easy to eat on the go, making them the perfect snack or meal for busy days when you need a quick and satisfying bite.

6. Great for Sharing: Tamales are often made in large batches, making them ideal for sharing with friends and family during gatherings and celebrations.

7. Customizable: Whether you prefer meat-filled tamales, vegetarian tamales, or sweet tamales for dessert, there’s a variety to suit every taste.

8. Tradition and Ritual: Eating tamales is often accompanied by traditions and rituals passed down through generations, adding a sense of nostalgia and cultural significance to the experience.

9. Filling and Satisfying: Tamales are hearty and filling, providing a satisfying meal that will keep you full and fueled for hours.

10. Fun to Make: Making tamales at home can be a fun and rewarding culinary experience, allowing you to get creative in the kitchen and experiment with different flavors and fillings.

15 Tasty Tamale Recipes 

Tamale Pie

Tamale Pie by Spend with Pennies

Get your tamale fix in no time with this tasty pie!

Pork Tamales

Homemade Pork Tamales by 24 Bite

This recipe makes for some super tasty pork tamales!

Instant Pot Tamale Pie

Instant Pot Tamale Pie  by Two Sleevers

Let your instant pot make short work of dinner with this delicious pie!

Instant Pot Red Chile Tamales

Instant Pot Red Chile Tamales by Cooking with Curls

Red chile is just the flavor for tamales! This recipe cooks fast too!

Strawberry Tamales

Strawberry Tamales by Broke Bank Vegan

This recipe is completely unique! You are going to love this twist on tamales!

Which one of these tamale recipes is your favorite so far? 

Tamale Pie

Easy Tamale Pie by The Shortcut Kitchen 

Tamale flavor has never been easier than it is in this tasty pie.

Red Pork Tamales

Red Pork Tamales by Mari Cruz

Pork tamales are sure to hit the spot!

Root Vegetable Meat Patties

Pasteles Puerto Rican Tamales by Sense and Edibility

This recipe is packed with authentic Puerto Rican flavor for a delicious tamale.

Vegan Tamales

Plant Based Tamales by Plant Based on a Budget

This recipe is plant based for an inclusive tamale for all.

Tamales in Instant Pot

Instant Pot Chicken Tamales by Homebody Eats

I love chicken tamales, and this recipe makes them in a flash!

So far, we have shared ten tamale recipes … have you picked a favorite? 


Pork Shoulder Tamales by Savor the Best

Pork shoulder tamales are sure to be a new favorite way to get the flavors you crave at home.

Instant Pot Tamales

Instant Pot Steamed Tamales by The Typical Mom

This tutorial will have you steaming tamales in your instant pot for perfect reheating!

Chipotle Pulled Pork Tamale Pie

Chipotle Pulled Pork Tamale Pie by Savor the Best

If you love smoky chipotle flavors then you are going to want to make this recipe asap!

Gluten Free Pinto Bean Tamales

Gluten Free Pinto Bean Tamales  by Strength and Sunshine

This tamale recipe is packed with pinto beans for an allergy friendly alternative.

Crockpot Tamales

Crockpot Tamale Pie by Thrifty Frugal Mom

Let your crockpot do the work on dinner tonight with this wonderful tamale pie recipe that cooks while you are at work.

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Maria Egan April 27, 2024 - 4:56 pm
A tamale pie is sure sounding good to me right now. The recipes are simpler than I thought but look so tasty.
Molli Lillian Taylor May 3, 2024 - 5:14 pm
i am so obsessed with tamales! definitely trying some of these
Terri Quick May 3, 2024 - 5:46 pm
I've never tried tamales before. Thank you for sharing
Krystle May 6, 2024 - 6:44 pm
So many yummy options. I want to try the tamale pie first.
Tara Pittman May 6, 2024 - 7:36 pm
My family loves tamales. They have been quite expensive to buy at the store so I will be trying your recipe.
Amber Myers May 6, 2024 - 7:51 pm
I need to start eating more tamales. I will have to keep these recipes in mind for dinner.
Hannah Bures May 6, 2024 - 8:39 pm
I am saving this and will try all the recipes!! We love tamales in our house! We can eat a whole batch in a day or two.
Melissa Cushing May 7, 2024 - 7:44 am
Tamales are obne of my favorite things ever and they are hard to find at times. We used to have an Abuelos restaurant near us and they had the most delicious tamales! I will have to try and make them!
Lavanda Michelle May 7, 2024 - 9:21 am
The variety you've provided is fantastic, and I can't wait to try them out, especially the Instant Pot Tamale Pie—anything to make dinner prep easier!
Yufi Rizkianti May 7, 2024 - 9:32 am
In my country, many foods are made by wrapping them in leaves, it can be banana leaves, coconut leaves, or other leaves. The results are very delicious and the fragrance from the leaves also makes this food smell good.
Beautiful Touches May 7, 2024 - 10:25 am
These tamale recipes really do look tasty! I'll have to try a few off the list.
laura May 7, 2024 - 12:16 pm
I have never tried tamales before, But they sound so amazing, I would have to try this recipe.
vidya May 7, 2024 - 1:20 pm
we have had veggie tamales at a local restaurant before and loved it.. that strawberry one is sure unique
Marysa May 7, 2024 - 9:42 pm
I love tamales, but I've never tried to make my own. I'll have to try some of these, especially the plant-based tamales. Great list of recipes!
Nikki Wayne May 7, 2024 - 11:12 pm
Up until today I really don’t have time to try tamale but because of this different recipe fir recipe I hope I can try some because I can see that this is a very good food.

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