If you have ever visited a traditional Mexican restaurant or even been to Mexico and had true, authentic Mexican food, chances are, you have had tamales.
Here in the United States, many families, including our own, make tamales fairly often throughout the year – typically at the holidays, but in some cases even more frequent. Although I never used to make them in the summer because it would heat up the house with the steamer, I do seem to make them much more often with my Instant Pot.
Although I can’t really pull off 4-6 dozen (or more) at one time in my Instant Pot like I could with the traditional stockpot steamer, 18 is enough for us to enjoy one or two and then pass off the rest to family and friends – which means I bag them up and drive them to my in laws.
Traditional tamales are usually made with the most popular green chile and cheese, red chile and chicken, maybe pork or in some cases beef – while sweet tamales are popular, they usually aren’t made as much, and meatless tamales – forget about it.
Because really – who does that?
The truth is, sometimes it’s nice to have a variety of tamales that can cater to everyone – and by everyone I mean vegetarian and vegans alike. While our family is neither, we respect those who are, and this recipe worked out in favor of being very vegan friendly – unintentionally.
Last week, I had the urge to make mole – as I started to pull out spices and ingredients, I realized I didn’t have any chicken stock in the freezer. We haven’t picked up meat from our farmer in quite a while so making more wasn’t a viable option.
So I grabbed what I had, threw everything together and the result was one of the best mole recipes I have ever made.
Fast forward … and with an abundance of mole, came the urge to make tamales with what we had leftover – and since we we didn’t have any chicken stock in the freezer, this was the perfect time to adapt these tamales to be Vegan friendly for some of our family and friends who may appreciate a nice change.
The best part is that these tamales are forgiving – if you would rather use chicken stock, go for it – they won’t be Vegan, but they will still be delicious.
Opt to make the sauce ahead of time, and use your Instant Pot to steam the potatoes to
Looking for more tamale recipes? Here are a few you may want to try: