What do you serve with tamales?


Quick Answer

Tamales are best served with soft, spicy foods. The soft texture of something like scrambled eggs matches the texture of the tamales. Heat or spiciness adds a nice counter to the warm, creamy corn meal dough.

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Full Answer

Tamales are steamed snacks made from masa or corn meal dough and a filling. The fillings vary but are usually seasoned beef, chicken or pork. The tamale is time consuming to make, so it is a food found primarily in restaurants and at street vendors. However, tamales are made at home and eaten at all hours of the day with a variety of dishes.

Breakfast tamales

Start off the day with a few tamales served with a side of fried or scrambled eggs. Eggs sunny side up provide a nice dipping sauce for the tamales in the still liquid yolk. Fresh salsa is also a nice touch for both the eggs and tamales.

Lunch and dinner tamales

Tamales also make a hearty main course during lunch or dinner. Pinto beans or refried beans are a warm, and similarly soft textured dish for the tamales. Counter the heavy dishes with light and crunchy vegetables like bell peppers, tomatoes, onions and avocados.

Tamale snacks

A large plate of tamales is good for snacking, pot lucks and parties. Serve with a nice salsa, or a traditional salsa crema for guests to top the tamales.

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