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What’s a tamale?

Tamales are self-contained meals using an outer covering of corn mixture to envelop meaty and vegy goodness. These are prepared and then steamed in corn husks or banana leaves. Varieties served with chicken include verde, amarillo, mole and rajas. Veggie options include frijoles (bean), dulce (sweet) and chepil (a local herb).

On the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, iguana-filled tamales are a local favorite.

Another very large type of tamale is zacahuil, made in the Huasteca region of Mexico.

Tamales are usually served in the morning, but frankly they are good for any meal.

Pictures of tamale goodness are online the album tamale hunter (caceria de tamales)

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