Red Chile Jackfruit Tamales
I have to admit that I’ve always been a little leery of making tamales, I mean, leave it the experts right? I’m fully confident of making desserts, pastries, and other main dishes but never once have I even attempted to make one of my favorite foods, the tamale. That is, until I was given the chance to check out a copy of Vegan Tamales Unwrapped: A Step by Step Guide to Savory and Sweet Tamales from Dora Stone of Dora’s Table.
Then, as fate would have it, I also happened to catch an episode of Diners, Drive-ins & Dives which featured a lady making tamales! It didn’t look too hard. SO with my new found confidence and ebook in hand, I committed to making Dora’s Red Chile Jackfruit Tamales.
Initially, I was a little worried about finding all the ingredients, but thankfully I have a local store that carried what I didn’t already have. You may find that a specialty store will have everything you need OR just in case you don’t want to look all around, I included links in the recipe for some harder to find items you can order directly through Amazon (you are welcome). 🙂
Make a Line
I gave myself the entire morning to shop and make these tamales and what I found, was that although a little time consuming, it was actually a pleasant experience when I had my trusty sidekick (a.k.a. Xander) to help me. We made an awesome assembly line. I cut the dried peppers and he pushed out all the seeds. I taught him how to peel fresh garlic and chop an onion and then I blended everything and made the sauce. He was my taste tester and added the perfect amount of salt to finish it out.
Then we got to the part of filling the husks with our prepared masa and filling. Dora’s ebook is very detailed on how to do it exactly, and it was so simple to follow. Xander loved wrapping each one with a little corn husk bow! They look like pretty little packages, don’t they?
Probably, the best part, was actually eating the tamales! They were absolutely allergylicious and the red chile sauce brought just the right amount of heat!
With a few extra tamales left over, we tried a few other fillings. Shredded chicken for my non-vegan boys and sliced avocado for myself because avocado is awesome! Everyone was happy!
A New Holiday MUST to Make
A few other recipes from Vegan Tamales Unwrapped that I’m looking forward to trying are the Potato Adobo Tamales & the Chocolate Tamales. Don’t they look good!
Finally, you can grab your ebook here and start having fun with making your own tamales!
I love hearing from you and seeing your awesome remakes! If you make this, be sure to find me on Instagram and tag me @allergylicious and #allergylicious too! You can also find me on Facebook & Pinterest sharing the newest, delicious, allergy-friendly foods!
Here’s to trying new things and making them Allergylicious!