Hi guys! I know this post is more a month late but my deepest apologies, we are currently moving out of our first apartment together, and I’m also currently taking care baby cousin Elijah full time. I’ve also taken some time away from blogging to work on my LETTUCE FEAST pop up’s in hopes of starting a vegan restaurant one day. With all this happening, it’s hard to sit down and do very in depth posts like I want too. This post is all about the best vegan tamales on the internet. I know, I know I said my last vegan tamale post was the best on the internet… but NOPE. In this post I’m going to show you step by step how to create amazing salsa verde jack fruit tamales. So fasten your seat-belts kids we’re taking a trip to tamale land.
I was in the mood to make these amazing tamales after watching the movie Coco with Elijah. (Such a sweet movie, I suggest you give it a watch.) Any-who after watching Coco it made me miss the tamales my mom would make for Christmas. In honor of mi madre I decided to block out one whole Saturday to make and fully document the process. Well here you are my friends, a very very in depth tutorial on how to make tasty vegan tamales for any occasion
First we are going to add hot water to the masa flour.
mix wellThis is what the flour will look like when we are done mixing. Cover with a tea towel and set to the side to rest for 30 minutes.After 30 minutes we are going to start whipping our vegan butter and vegetable shortening with a paddle attachment.This is what our shortening will look like after about 7 minutes on medium speed.Once our vegan butter and shortening are well incorporated we are going to start adding in the masa mixture a little bit at a time until everything is incorporated.After all of the masa flour and shortening is combined we are going to add in our veggie broth and beat until a smooth dough is achieved.Here’s what the dough will look like when it’s finished.After our dough is finished we are going to begin the process of building our tamales.
Here are the steps to make tamales.
#1: Scoop some of the dough onto a soaked corn husk.# 2: Press the dough out evenly using a small piece of plastic wrap. #3: Add about 2-3 tablespoons of our Salsa Verde Jackfruit.# 4: Next we begin the rolling process.This step is optional, but I like to secure my tamales my making some string out of another corn husk.
Once you do a couple you’ll create your own little rhythm.
After we steam our tamales, this is what we will have about 3 hours later. (It’s important for the tamales to cool for at-least 45 minutes.)Top your delicious tamales with some creamy roasted tomatillo salsa from my previous vegan tamale post, also maybe a little vegan sour cream for good measure.
It really blew my mind how similar the inside of these tamales look and tasted to traditional pork or chicken tamales.
I hope you guys enjoy these vegan tamales, I’m not even kidding when I say ALL of these vegan tamales were gone in less than 3 days! Even the baby ate at a whole tamale lol (this boy can eat.) These are perfect to make for any holiday or just to make because, tamales. WHAT OTHER REASON DO YOU NEED? If you try these tamales out and love them, please let us know in the comment section below! Once we are finished with the move I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen and bring more awesome vegan recipes to the blog because i have many ideas brewing in my mind. Until next time friends, enjoy!
The tastiest vegan tamales on the internet, filled with delicious "meaty" jack-fruit and topped with creamy tomatillo salsa. These are the perfect vegan tamales to celebrate any occasion!
- 1 pack dried corn husks SOAKED until flexible again
- 1/2 cup vegan butter
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 4 cups Maseca Corn Masa Flour
- 4 cups HOT water
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 recipe Jackfruit Con Salsa Verde
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
- 10 tomatillos
- 1/2 jalapeno
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 handful cilantro
- salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl mix together all of your dry ingredients and pour over the hot water. Mix well until a thick shaggy dough comes together. Cover with a kitchen towel and set aside for 30 minutes.
In a stand mixer add your vegan butter and shortening, beat on high with the paddle attachment for 7-10 minutes until white and fluffy. Scrape the sides and add in the masa dough a couple small pieces at a time until all of the dough is added to your shortening. Slowly pour in your veggie broth and beat until the dough fully comes together and has a smooth texture like play dough.
Building The Tamales:
Lay out a corn husk and use a ice cream scoop to place an even scoop about 2 inches away from the edge. With a small piece of plastic wrap press down evenly to spread the masa dough.
Add about two tablespoons of the salsa verde jackfruit filling.
Fold one side of the tamale over the filling, then fold the other side of the corn husk over the other. Turn the tamale over and fold the tail upwards. Optionally you can add a string made from twisting together two strips of torn corn husk.
Repeat until you use all the dough and filling. You should get about 25-30 tamales.
Cooking The Tamales:
In your largest pot with a steamer on the bottom add about 5 cups of water. Stack in all of the tamales (tops up), cover with a tight lid and turn the heat on high. The moment you start to hear the water boil, turn the heat down to low and steam the tamales for 2-2 and a half hours. Until the dough pulls away from the husk. Remove the tamales from the pot and place them into a large casserole dish.
Let the tamales cool for 30-45 minutes before serving with the roasted tomatillo salsa.
Peel the outer skin from the tomatillo and rinse with warm water to remove the sticky film. – drizzle a little oil on the tomatillos and jalapeños and roast for 10 minutes @ 500 degrees shaking the pan occasionally, turn the oven off and let the tray sit in the oven for another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. – Add your tomatillos and jalapeños (juice and all) in to a blender along with the rest of the ingredients (starting with about 1/2 tsp salt) and blend until its at your desired texture. (blend longer for a creamier salsa) taste for seasoning adjustments and serve on top of your delicious tamales!
The recipe for the Salsa Verde Jackfruit is HERE.