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Filipino Tamales
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How to Cook Filipino Tamales

Tamales, originally is a Mexican delicacy made from corn masa (a finely ground corn flour made into a dough) with chicken, pork or beef wrap in corn husk or banana leaves.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: filipino tamales, tamales recipe
Servings: 6 to 8pcs
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Manny


  • 3 cups rice
  • 5 cups coconut cream thin & thick together
  • 2 tbsp atchuete seeds
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 tsp powdered pepper
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter


  • 1 cup flaked chicken meat cooked
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 cup cooked pork sliced into strips or 3-4 Vienna Sausage (thin-round slices)


    How to cook Filipino Tamales:

    • Toast rice until brown. Grind finely. Add salt and pepper. Set aside. Add achuete coloring to coconut cream. Boil in medium heat stirring constantly. Add powdered rice and sugar. Stir until well blended and thick.
    • Separate 1/4 of cooked mixture and add to this the peanut butter. This mixture is for topping. For each tamales, put in 2-3 tablespoons of cooked mixture on two pieces of wilted banana leaves; top with 1 tablespoon peanut-butter mixture, 1-2 slices of hard-boiled egg, flaked chicken meat and strips of pork or sausage.
    • Wrap to form a square and tie with a string. In a deep pan, put water enough to cover tamales. When water boils, put in tamales. Cover. Cook for 1 hour. Drain.