Vegan Tamale Recipe | Cooking With Jade

Vegan Tamale Recipe

Vegan Tamale Recipe


Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12


  • Mixing bowl
  • Steamer pot with steamer basket
  • Skillet
  • Chef's knife
  • Cutting board
  • Kitchen twine
  • Measuring cups and spoons


For the dough:

  • 3 cups masa harina corn flour
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

For the filling:

  • 2 cups diced vegetables such as zucchini, bell peppers, and onions
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cooked black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime

For assembly:

  • Dried corn husks soaked in warm water for at least an hour
  • Kitchen twine


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the masa harina, warm water, vegetable shortening, baking powder, and salt. Mix until well combined, then cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
  • In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced vegetables and garlic, and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper, and sauté for another minute.
  • Add the black beans, cilantro, and lime juice, and stir to combine. Remove from heat.
  • To assemble the tamales, spread a thin layer of the masa dough onto a soaked corn husk, leaving a border of about 1 inch on each side.
  • Spoon a small amount of the vegetable filling onto the center of the dough.
  • Roll the corn husk around the filling, using the border of masa dough to seal the tamale.
  • Tie each end of the tamale with kitchen twine.
  • Place the tamales in a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and steam for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, remove the tamales from the steamer and let cool for a few minutes before unwrapping.
  • Serve hot, garnished with additional cilantro and lime wedges if desired.


Calories: 317 | Total Fat: 22g | Total Carbohydrates: 36g | Dietary Fiber: 5g | Protein: 5g

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