Tamale Dinner

We had a couple of old friends visit us a while back which was cause for celebration.  We feasted on homemade tamales, rice and mole sin carne (mole without meat).


Mole (pronounced moh-ley) is a traditional Mexican sauce made with many delicious spices such as chile powder, cinnamon, cumin, and cocoa powder. I got the recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance.  I tell you, every recipe that I’ve tried so far has been excellent.  This recipe used seitan, pinto beans and tomatoes plus all the spices to make a very flavorful dish.


Tamales are another Mexican dish that my family has made for the hoildays every year.    Traditionally tamales are made with a ground corn mixture called masa, which usually has lard as an ingredient.  My original recipe was passed down from my grandmother and mother.  I have revised it into a vegan version that is quite tasty (if I do say so myself).   I add sliced veggies like zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes or green chiles for the filling.

A quick *thank you* to everyone who left tips on my last post!

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5 Responses to Tamale Dinner

  1. Lauri says:

    Mmmmmmmmm! That sounds so good!

  2. Kathy says:

    My mouth is watering over your post. All of my favorite flavors on one plate. I wanted to make tamales for Christmas and ran out of time. The girls enjoy making them with me. I used a combination of half olive oil and half butter for the lard the last time I made them (found this idea on the web). I’m assuming the butter wouldn’t be vegan so I’m wondering what you used. I’ll have to look into that cookbook. Happy New Year to you all!

  3. Jessica says:

    ooh…your tamales sound delish! you’re making me hungry!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    love the fresh winter look your blog has – you’re so creative! and this meal looks fabulous! i love tamales & we like to make them also — it’s such an event! you’ve inspired me to try another recipe from vwav — what a wonderful cookbook! :o)

  5. vicki says:

    that last comment was me, btw! and i just looked back thru your blog and i’m so excited to see that you made the habanero jelly! your jars are so pretty stacked up with the sun shining through — so glad you enjoyed it! you could slather some on a tamale! :o)

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