Oaxacan Pumpkin Tamales

Tamales Miahuatecos

Preparation info
  • 12 to 14

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Food from My Heart: Cuisines of Mexico Remembered and Reimagined

By Zarela Martínez

Published 1992

  • About

These unusual tamales, made from a sweetened, pumpkin-flavored ground corn dough and filled with spicy bean puree, are from the Miahuatlán region in the state of Oaxaca. They have a rich, complex combination of flavors including smoked pasilla or chipotle chiles, Ceylon cinnamon, garlic, and the anise-flavored hoja santa. (This recipe substitutes an anise-based tea.) They make a wonderful accompaniment to roast pork or chicken.

In the original recipe the tamales are wrapped i