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Perfect for the holidays or any time of year: Recipes for tamales

10 Recipes
Perfect for the holidays or any time of year: Recipes for tamales
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Red pork chili tamales

Time Total time: 4 1/2 to 5 hours, including simmering and steaming time
Yields Makes 4 to 5 dozen

Beef and mole tamales (Tamales de res y mole)

Time Active work time: 1 1/2 hours Total preparation time: 4 1/2 hours
Yields Makes 40 tamales

Pork and cheese tamales (Tamales de puerco y queso)

Time Active work time: 1 1/2 hours Total preparation time: 4 1/2 hours
Yields Makes 40 tamales

Salvadoran chicken tamales

Time 5 hours
Yields Makes 3½ to 5 dozen tamales

Tamale pie casserole

Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields Serves 8

Green corn tamales

Time 2 hours
Yields Makes 12 tamales

Acorn squash tamales

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Makes 2 tamales, serves 6

Pumpkin tamales

Time 2 hours
Yields Makes 2 to 2½ dozen tamales, depending on size

Mole tamales

Time 2 hours
Yields Makes about 20 tamales.


Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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