A tamalada, or tamale-making party, is a Mexican holiday tradition that occurs during Las Posadas and combines two of the season’s most important ingredients – quality family time and flavorful food.
Consider these tips from Sylvia Garza of Qué Mami Organics to help make your tamalada fun and easy.
Food: Before your tamalada, prepare the ingredients that require extra time and work. For example, if you are using roasted chilies, roast them the day before and have them peeled, seeded and cut up for seamless assembly the next day.
Family: When hosting a tamalada, have food or snacks ready to share with your guests. Making dozens of tamales can take most of the day, so you’ll want to keep your helpers well-fed.
Flavor: Add an ingredient like Tabasco Chipotle Sauce to your masa when making tamales. Not only can the sauce add smoky flavor, but it also gives the dough an appetizing golden color. You can also mix the sauce into your filling for a brighter flavor and a kick of heat.
Find more flavorful recipes at Tabasco.com.
Zucchini and Corn Tamales
Recipe courtesy of Sylvia Garza of Qué Mami Organics
Yield: 16 tamales
30 large, softened corn husks
3 cups masa harina (corn flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 1/3 cups vegetable broth, warmed
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 small red onion, diced
1 garlic clove, finely diced
3 cups zucchini, cubed small
1 tomato, cubed small
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup sweet white corn
4 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
5 ounces Qué Mami Organics Red Enchilada Sauce
2 1/2 tablespoons Tabasco Pepper Sauce
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 1/2-ounce strips
To prep husks: Soak corn husks in hot water. Place heavy pot on top of husks to keep submerged at least 1 hour. Once pliable, rinse each corn husk.
To make dough: In large bowl, mix corn flour, baking powder and sea salt. Using hands, mix in warm vegetable broth to make firm dough. In mixer, cream butter and shortening until fluffy then add dough in small amounts until well mixed. Continue mixing at low-medium speed 5 min.