Gather family and friends around the kitchen table for a tamale-making party. It may just become your kid’s favorite holiday tradition.

By Monica Pierini
December 19, 2018
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father and mother serving child tamale in kitchen
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Mexican–Puerto Rican mom Monica Pierini has fond childhood memories of making tamales with her aunts, uncles, and cousins. Now she and her husband, James, are ready to show their son, Joaquin, 2, how it’s done.

Tamale Filling and Folding How-to

tamale prep ingredients step one
tamale prep fold step two
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tamale prep tie step three
tamales placed inside pan step four
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Tamalada Party Recipes

prepared tamales on blue plate
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mild mole filling for tamales
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poblano squash filling for tamales
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