How To Make the BEST Vegan Tamales – 2 Ways! Potato & Pinto Bean + Green Chili & Cheese

How To Make The BEST Vegan Tamales! #tamales #vegan #howto #christmas #holiday #tradition #mexican #cheese #chili

How To Make the BEST Vegan Tamales – 2 Ways! Potato & Pinto Bean + Green Chili & Cheese

How To Make The BEST Vegan Tamales! #tamales #vegan #howto #christmas #holiday #tradition #mexican #cheese #chili

This post is sponsored by our friends over at Bob’s Red Mill.

How To Make The BEST Vegan Tamales! #tamales #vegan #howto #christmas #holiday #tradition #mexican #cheese #chiliToday we are sharing with you a step-by-step guide on how to make the BEST vegan tamales this holiday season. Not only are these fairly easy to make, but they are also packed with flavor and will definitely impress your friends and family!How To Make The BEST Vegan Tamales! #tamales #vegan #howto #christmas #holiday #tradition #mexican #cheese #chiliGrowing up, one of my favorite parts of the holiday season was tamales. We never made them ourselves, but our generous neighbors and friends at church always shared them with us. Since going vegan, I have not been able to partake in the tradition and honestly have missed tamales, so I decided this year that I would change that and make some of my own. How To Make The BEST Vegan Tamales! #tamales #vegan #howto #christmas #holiday #tradition #mexican #cheese #chiliWe partnered up with our friend’s over at Bob’s Red Mill to bring you this recipe and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome! The key to good vegan tamales, in my opinion, is the quality and flavor of the dough– and we couldn’t have achieved that without the Masa Harina we used! How To Make The BEST Vegan Tamales! #tamales #vegan #howto #christmas #holiday #tradition #mexican #cheese #chili How To Make The BEST Vegan Tamales! #tamales #vegan #howto #christmas #holiday #tradition #mexican #cheese #chiliHow To Make The BEST Vegan Tamales! #tamales #vegan #howto #christmas #holiday #tradition #mexican #cheese #chili How To Make The BEST Vegan Tamales! #tamales #vegan #howto #christmas #holiday #tradition #mexican #cheese #chiliIn our home, we say that the key to our hearts is through food and we always make it a point to share our creations with our friends and family. We hope you love these vegan tamales as much as we do and do the same!

 

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How To Make The BEST Vegan Tamales! #tamales #vegan #howto #christmas #holiday #tradition #mexican #cheese #chili

How To Make the BEST Vegan Tamales – 2 Ways! Potato & Pinto Bean + Green Chili & Cheese

  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: About 25 tamales
  • Category: Entree, Christmas
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Vegan, Gluten-free

Description

A step-by-step guide on how to make the BEST vegan tamales this holiday season. Not only are these fairly easy to make, but they are also packed with flavor and will definitely impress your friends and family!


Ingredients

Tamale Dough

  • ~25-30 corn husks
  • 4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Masa Harina
  • 3-3 1/2 cups vegetable broth (+ more as needed)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (optional, for color)

Potato & Pinto Bean Filling

  • ~1/4-1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth or water
  • 1/2 large red onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Anaheim pepper, finely diced
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1/2 medium russet potato, diced small
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup cilantro, minced
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Green Chili & Cheese Filling

  • 1 small white onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Anaheim pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 bag Vegan mozzarella cheese (we used Follow Your Heart)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Toppings of choice, such as:

  • Pico de gallo
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream

Instructions

  1. Separate the corn husks and soak them in a large bowl of hot water for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until pliable. Drain. 
  2. For the potato and pinto bean filling: In a medium pan over medium heat, add in about 1/4 cup vegetable broth. Once heated through, add the onions, garlic, and Anaheim peppers, and sauté for about 4 minutes. Add in the Roma tomatoes and russet potatoes, along with 1/4 cup vegetable broth, cumin, and chili powder. Allow it cook, stirring often, until the potatoes have softened. Mix in the remaining ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste. Using a potato masher or fork, roughly mash the mixture into the consistency of refried beans. It does not need to be completely smooth, it is up to you. 
  3. For the green chili and cheese filling: In a medium pan over medium heat, add in about 1/4 cup vegetable broth. Once heated through, add the onions, garlic, and Anaheim peppers, and sauté until the onions are translucent and everything is fragrant, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  4. For the dough: In a large bowl, add in the masa harina, baking powder, salt, and turmeric. Mix together until uniform, then pour in 3 cups of vegetable broth (to start) and the 1/2 cup of olive oil. Mix until well combined, adding more liquid as needed so that the dough is spreadable (we added 1/2 cup more).
  5. To assemble each tamale, spread about 3-4 tablespoons of the masa mixture on the center of the corn husk to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness (depending on your preference). Place 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons of the filling into the center*.
  6. Fold in and overlap both sides of husk and fold up the bottom. Rip one or two of the corn husks into thin (1/4″) strips and use these to tie the tamales shut. Refer to images above if needed.
  7. Place the tamales open side up into a large steamer basket. Add water to a large steamer pot, just below the basket, and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover. Steam the tamales for 1 hour, being sure to add water to the pot when necessary to prevent burning.
  8. Remove tamales from husks and add toppings of choice.*

Notes

  • For an oil-free version, find the recipe here.
  • The amount of filling you place the dough will depend on the size of the corn husk. As you go, you will get a feel for how much you need.
  • We typically only use one filling or the other. You may need to make more masa if you make both.
  • To freeze the tamales: leave them in the husks and place them in freezer safe bags. To reheat, place the tamales in a steamer for about 10-15 minutes, or until softened.
  • If you cannot find Anaheim peppers, you can opt for a mix of green bell peppers and jalapenos or even canned green chiles.
  • Instead of sauteeing the Anaheim peppers in the green chile and cheese filling, you can roast them. There are two ways of doing so. The first is broiling them in the oven, and you can find all of those directions here. Secondly, if you have a gas stove, you can roast them directly on the stove top. Turn a burner to medium-high heat and set your pepper directly above the flame on the grate. Use a pair of tongs to turn the peppers often until the skin is completely blackened. Flip often to prevent too much char/burning. Place the peppers in a heat-proof mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap or foil. Allow it to steam, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap/foil and then begin to remove the skin from the peppers. You can do this with a paper towel or under running water. Try your best, it is okay if there are still little bits left. Cut the top off of the pepper and remove the seeds. Dice the peppers and set them aside. In a medium pan, sauté the onions and garlic until cooked through. Once finished, remove the pan from heat and mix in the diced peppers.

Keywords: Tamales, Vegan, Entree, Christmas, Mexican, Gluten-free

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill, but all opinions remain our own. This page may also contain affiliate links, thank you for supporting Sweet Simple Vegan!

Jasmine Briones
sweetsimplevegan@gmail.com
29 Comments
  • Jillrunsonplants
    Posted at 18:42h, 23 December Reply

    Hey! Where do you guys recommend getting the corn husks?

  • Pippin
    Posted at 18:50h, 23 December Reply

    Hi! Do you know if any oil substitutes would work in this recipe???

    • Jasmine Briones
      Posted at 12:40h, 24 December Reply

      We have no tested any, sorry about that!

    • Priscilla
      Posted at 16:46h, 28 December Reply

      I’ve used coconut oil. Worked great!

    • Erin
      Posted at 19:34h, 03 January Reply

      Another recipe use pureed canned corn instead of oil!

      The fillings in this recipe sound delicious! I can’t wait to try them. Happy New Year, everyone! Eat Plants!

  • Kat
    Posted at 22:41h, 23 December Reply

    Is there a way to use less oil without sacrificing quality and flavor? I don’t do so well with fatty and oily foods, my skin breaks out pretty bad.

    • Jasmine Briones
      Posted at 12:36h, 24 December Reply

      Hi Kat! The oil is for the consistency of the dough, not so much the flavor,but I have not tested this out without oil/with less oil, so I am not sure about how it will turn out. You could try to sub in something like applesauce or even a neutral nut butter, but I cannot guarantee it will yield the same result.

  • Daniella
    Posted at 02:00h, 24 December Reply

    Can I make this oil free? I am hclf

    • Jasmine Briones
      Posted at 12:36h, 24 December Reply

      Hi Daniella! I have not tested this out without oil, so I am not sure about that. You could try to sub in something like applesauce or even a neutral nut butter, but I cannot guarantee it will yield the same result.

  • Frankie Leftwich
    Posted at 08:24h, 05 January Reply

    How much water and how much oil?? The recipe combines water and oil into 3 cups. Confusing to me.

    • Jasmine Briones
      Posted at 14:37h, 10 January Reply

      It is 3 cups of broth and all of the oil (1/2 cup). Then you add the additional 1/2 cup of vegetable broth as needed to get the dough to a spreadable consistency. I hope this helps!

  • Christina
    Posted at 01:04h, 06 January Reply

    Hey thanks for the recipe! Did you have to mix the masa in heavy duty stand mixer (like traditional tamales) or did u just mix the masa by hand?
    Thanks again!

    • Jasmine Briones
      Posted at 14:34h, 10 January Reply

      I did it by hand to see if it worked and it worked just fine! Standing mixer is not necessary at all 🙂

  • Cathy
    Posted at 03:44h, 07 January Reply

    Wonderful recipe. You make it look so easy! Have you tried sweet potatoes instead do russet. If so do you recommend different spice. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jasmine Briones
      Posted at 14:33h, 10 January Reply

      I have not tried that, but I think the touch of sweetness with the same spices would be delicious! 🙂

  • Jamie
    Posted at 19:06h, 10 January Reply

    My family is tamale obsessed so I was so excited to see this! The six of us made an assembly line and made a ton of these, we really loved them! Thanks for introducing me to the Bob’s Red Mill masa, I liked how the bag wasn’t huge and it was resealable. I usually get a huge bag from the international aisle from a brand I know nothing about and it isn’t resealable and I never use it all.

  • Kandrien
    Posted at 22:39h, 25 September Reply

    So excited to make this for me and my boyfriend! Since going vegan 4 years ago, I have MISSED tamales! Here goes nothing!

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    Posted at 22:47h, 26 November Reply

    As far as cooking the tamales, I have a rice cooker and a crock pot.. I dont have a stovetop steamer.. What would you recommend? I would prefer to not have to buy a new pot for this.

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