Honduran Tamales Recipe: A Taste of Tradition from Central America

Dish recipes: Honduran Tamales
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Honduran tamales are a cherished part of Honduran culinary heritage, often enjoyed during special occasions and holidays. These savory bundles of masa dough filled with a flavorful mixture of meats and vegetables are wrapped in banana leaves and steamed to perfection. Making Honduran tamales is a labor of love, bringing families together to create delicious memories that are passed down through generations.


For the Masa Dough:

4 cups masa harina

1 cup vegetable shortening or lard

3 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

For the Filling:

1 lb boneless chicken or pork, cooked and shredded

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bell pepper, diced

2 tomatoes, diced

1 carrot, diced

1 potato, diced

1/2 cup green peas

1/4 cup olives, sliced

1/4 cup raisins

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Salt and pepper to taste

For Assembly:

Banana leaves, softened and cut into squares Cooking twine or strips of banana leaves


In a large mixing bowl, combine masa harina, vegetable shortening or lard, salt, and baking powder. Gradually add chicken or vegetable broth and mix until a smooth dough forms. Set aside. In a skillet, heat some oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, garlic, bell pepper, tomatoes, carrot, and potato. Cook until the vegetables are softened. Add the cooked shredded chicken or pork to the skillet, along with green peas, olives, raisins, and ground cumin. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for a few minutes until heated through. To assemble the tamales, spread a thin layer of masa dough onto the center of a banana leaf square. Add a spoonful of the meat and vegetable filling on top of the masa dough. Fold the sides of the banana leaf over the filling to enclose it, then fold the top and bottom of the banana leaf to form a packet. Tie the tamale with cooking twine or strips of banana leaves to secure. Repeat the process with the remaining masa dough and filling. Place the tamales in a steamer basket and steam for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the masa is firm and cooked through.


Serve Honduran tamales hot, unwrapping them from the banana leaves before enjoying. These tamales are often served with a side of salsa or hot sauce for added flavor.

Honduran tamales are more than just a delicious dish they are a symbol of Honduran culture and tradition. Whether enjoyed during holidays or as a comforting meal, Honduran tamales bring people together to celebrate and savor the flavors of Central America.