Vegan Tamales


I am ill.


That’s not a metaphor for anything, I’m just a big, pitiful, sick baby.


I have not been sick since going vegan. I don’t share that to sound like the annoying vegan I aspire never to be, I share to give you a frame of reference. It’s been a long time, I simply don’t remember how to conduct myself.


I woke up Saturday unable to breath and had a scratchy throat and a dizzy head. I convinced myself hot yoga would release the sickly toxins, and boy was I wrong. I spent the entire class in child’s pose trying not to puke on my neighbors. It was totally zen. Then, I proceeded to spend the entire day wrapped in two blankets and a hoodie, practically drooling on myself from all the mouth breathing I was forced to do. Garr was a doll baby, though. He did the grocery shopping all by himself, and despite buying the wrong oatmeal and off-brand everything, he managed to surprise me with pumpkins and mums and cheer me up slightly. He also expressed minimal complaints during my Gilmore Girls marathon and put on my socks for me when my feet got cold. Oh, and the soup. The man made me soup. Though, he did seriously ask, “Do you want it heated up or out of the can?” Like.


Now I will retreat back to my hole, I’m dripping snot on the keyboard.


Time: 4 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4 dozen


  • 1 package of dried corn husks
  • 6 cups of masa harina
  • 1 tsp. of baking powder
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 2 cans of vegan refried beans
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped in squares
  • 1 red pepper, chopped in squares
  • 1 orange pepper, chopped in squares
  • 1 green pepper, chopped in squares
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup of salsa, + more for serving
  • A couple of slices of vegan pepperjack
  • S+P, to taste
  • Avocado, for serving
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange peppers + onion in an even layer on a couple of lined baking sheets
  • Drizzle evenly with 1/4 cup of olive oil + sprinkle with S+P, roast 20-25 minutes, tossing once
  • Place your husks in a large pot + cover with warm water, soak for 30 minutes, moving them around a lil about 15 minutes in
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine masa harina + baking powder + 2 tsp. of salt, combine well
  • Add 3/4 cup of the olive oil, + mix on low with your stand mixer or hand mixer
  • Gradually add water, continue mixing on low until all water is added
  • Turn up to medium, beat for 10 minutes
  • Once you have a fluffy mixture, cover with a wet paper towel until you’re ready to use
  • Once your peppers + onion are done, add to a bowl + combine with salsa
  • To prepare, lay out a husk
  • Using a lil cookie scoop, add a lil masa to the center + spread into a thin rectangle, length-wise, in the middle of the husk
  • Add a lil scoop of beans + peppers to the middle of the masa + top with a lil corner of cheese – you don’t need much
  • Fold the husk in half vertically, so the masa covers all of the filling – this is tricky, took me few tries
  • Now wrap it like a lil burrito + fold one end in + wrap it in a bow with a lil piece of husk or cooking string, you can leave one end of the tamale unfolded or fold & try to wrap it all up – again, it can be tough, I am no master
  • Repeat with ALL them lil guys
  • Add water to the bottom of a large stock pot + top with a strainer
  • Add a handful of tamales – about a dozen or so at a time – to the strainer + steam for about 35 minutes, repeat with the remaining tamales
  • Serve a few warm with salsa + avocado + cilantro, freeze the rest – you’ll have tamales foreverrrrrr
  • Put a tamale in each hand + sing, “I got tamales, I got tamales, I got tamales, hey, hey, hey, hey”


Recipe + method from here!


8 thoughts on “Vegan Tamales

  1. Junior Loinman says:

    I once saw a dude eat off-brand green beans right out the can. Opened that can, stuck his fork in ate every one. Drank the juice too. I don’t lie!!

    I’m like, what the……?

    Feel better soon!!

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