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Old 08-02-2019, 11:58 AM   #1
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ISO: Favourite Tamale filling recipes/combos?

I am wondering if DCers have favourite tamale filling recipes? I like TVP with black beans and chili, pulled pork, chicken. Planning on making a batch while Dad's away (easy lunch food for my Mom) next weekend.
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I have never had a tamale, so I am interested in learning more.
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Old 08-02-2019, 01:45 PM   #3
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Nice to see you back, CWS. I like to use pork carnitas meat in tamales - I like it saucy filling. I've also used chopped cooked chicken mixed with mole sauce. I love tamales. I also like to put whole corn kernels in the masa.
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Old 08-02-2019, 07:17 PM   #4
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I like roasted poblano peppers, corn, onions, garlic and cheese, then with a green sauce to serve. The onions get cooked until starting to caramelize, then add in corn, then garlic. Cool, add in some crema and grated cheese, a Mexican melting cheese of some sort. I usually add in some ground cumin along the way, with salt and pepper of course.

I add in just lightly cooked fresh or frozen corn that has been lightly ground in the food processor to my made as well.
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I don't think of tamales as an easy food, but they are good! I have put many things in them, but the best ones, no matter what the filling is, have some lard added to the masa, along with some broth, as the liquid. Not sure if you can get it where you are, but in Mexican grocers they have a coarse masa harina made just for the tamales. And besides the corn husks, some taste even better in banana leaves, as they give some flavor to the masa.

I have used pulled pork and chicken, moistened with some moles - whatever I had in the freezer. I have also made one with squash blossoms, some with mushrooms, some with a chard filling - just about anything I could put in a taco or enchilada (as long as it's not too saucy), and a salsa, with some crema, to finish it.
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Old 08-03-2019, 12:01 AM   #6
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Pepperhead, a bit of backstory. Once the tamale are steamed, I freeze them and reheat in the microwave. My Mom is 87, non-ambulatory, non-verbal. Easy lunch means two things: easy to get ready when the caregiver arrives and easy to feed her. Lunches are the most challenging--my 88-yr. old Dad controls the grocery list/pantry contents. He is also a very, very picky eater and doesn't get it that what he eats for lunch (soup, sandwiches) are hard to feed my Mom. She no longer can use her hands. I am really challenged to figure out a nutritious lunch for her based on the ingredients on hand and the her dietary restrictions. When my Dad is away, that's when I take over the kitchen and make food he won't eat. He hates having leftovers in the fridge. He is very, very rigid in his ways and what he will eat. At the cabin, Mom and I eat very differently than when we are all together. I tried perogi, but he didn't like those. He doesn't like Mexican, Indian, or Japanese food. So, I make curry when he's gone, etc. Unfortunately, he doesn't go away that often. For someone who loves playing in the kitchen as much as I do, meals have become a real challenge.
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Thanks for the ideas, everyone. My culinary brain has been on snooze while caring for the Elders. I have sense of deja vu. I am back in my childhood eating the foods my Dad liked. Small wonder my Mom hated to cook. There are about 14 different meals he will eat. I am soooooooooo bored with their 14-day rotation. Meatloaf (always the same, no variations alloweds--true for everything), pork chops, always with pineapple, beef stroganoff, venison, steak, beef roast, pasta salad, potato salad, stir fry, Spanish rice, chicken, skinless breast only, burgers, salmon, sometimes cod, walleye if it is fresh caught, not frozen. I go on strike sometimes and tell him if he doesn't like it, there's a pantry and freezer full of food. He has two legs, two hands, and can read directions. My Mom doesn't.
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Old 08-11-2019, 05:31 PM   #8
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Ended up making the vegan tamales since I had some TVP in my stash. They turned out darned good.

https://www.veganblueberry.com/vegan-tamales/
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