You love a really good tamale. A tamale overstuffed with seasoned chicken or pork smothered in red chile sauce and steamed to perfection. A tamale with the most incredible masa – a masa that cooks up perfectly into this nice little moist pocket of flavor, speckled with corn and packed full of flavorful meat.
There is nothing more that I love than that as well ~ though I will be the first to admit that a nice big bowl of posole might come before a really good tamale. Why do we have to choose?!
I love tamales and I have been making them for a very, very long time.
While just a few years ago, I’d be hard pressed to be putting tamales together in the 90-100 degree Phoenix weather, when I got the Instant Pot in 2015, tamales were a breeze.
The 2 to 2 1/2 hour steaming session cut down to just 30 minutes in my Instant Pot, giving me just enough time to wash up the kitchen and lay out a tray ready to receive the newly steamed tamales from the depths of the pressure cooker… and within minutes of pulling them out, enjoying them one after the other as the smell of masa wavers through the house.
These chocolate tamales are incredibly delicious – chocolate tamales with just the right amount of sweetness, stuffed with even more dark chocolate. They taste an elevated, rich, fudgy brownie.
Over the years, I have made almost every type of tamale imaginable – from green chile and cheese to bean, shrimp tamales, tamales with pineapple and raisins, roasted tomatillo and chicken tamales, chicken and pork and even beef tamales, smothered in a beautiful, spicy sauce of red chile.
I love them all equally, but… these chocolate tamales might just top them all. They are incredible – even better, because you don’t have to labor over the stove to cook meat or prepare chile, they are incredibly easy to throw together.
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