Vegan Tamales These vegan tamales have a ton of flavor and are super easy to make, compared to lots of other recipes. Not to mention you don't need to soak or use corn husks.
Ingredients Masa Mixture 1 1/2 cup instant corn masa flour 1 cup red enchilada sauce 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 tsp ground cumin 3/4 cup water 1 tsp salt
Filling Mixture 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1/2 red onion, chopped 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped 1 cup refried beans, vegan friendly (fat free is usually vegan) 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp oregano
Instructions Using the ingredients from the filling mixture, add in 2 tbsp of oil into a medium pan medium high heat.
Add in the chopped onion and pepper. Cook until the onions have slightly turned golden brown, about 4 minutes.
Add in the refried beans and the garlic, paprika, and oregano. Mash all ingredients together until everything is well combined. Cook for 3 minutes, to marry all the flavors and set aside.
Moving on to the corn masa mixture. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all the masa mixture ingredients and mix until you get a consistency that is smooth enough to spread.
Cut 6 pieces of aluminum foil about 6 inches from the part you start to roll out, and cut those six pieces in half, to get 12 pieces of aluminum foil that measure approximatley 5"x6" or 6"-7".
Lay out one piece of aluminum foil at a time and spread about 1/3 cup of masa onto the foil, to create a rectangle with the masa. Leave approximately 3/4" of empty space around the spread masa.
Add a heaping tbsp of the filling mixture into the center of the masa that was previous spread on the aluminum foil.
Close the aluminum foil, by folding one side across to the other, and folding the edge where both sides meet, over to close. Lastly fold the bottom of the foil upward about 1/2" and continue to do this until you have made all the tamales. (For a visual on this folding technique, check out the video above)
Steam all the tamales for 1 hour. Make sure the tamales are in a standing position, with the open end facing upward, or you run the risk of the soft uncooked tamales coming out of the foil while steaming.
Remove from steamer and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Letting the tamales cool for a few minutes once steamed will allow them to set and harden a bit. Tamales are pretty soft fresh out of the steamer.
Unwrap, grab a delicious bite and ENJOY!