The pork tamales featured in this menu are the real deal, and eating them is only half of the fun.
In Mexico, tamales are a celebration food served at Christmas and New Year’s Eve. But eating tamales is only part of the fun—making them is a celebration in and of itself. It’s a social occasion, an excuse to bring family and friends together and spend the day in the kitchen. These party-like gatherings, known as tamaladas, always result in a huge batch of delicious, steaming hot tamales.
This laid-back tamalada menu for six includes a big pot of chili, plus tortilla chips and dips, and for dessert, chocolate ice cream laced with dulce de leche. You can make much of the party food ahead, so you’re free to shape and steam a double batch of the tamales with your guests—with plenty of leftovers to take home or give as gifts.