Oh how I love Tamales- They bring back many wonderful childhood memories. Every Christmas when the Riling family got together Chicken Tamales were made by the multitude. I’m not really sure how the tradition started as there isn’t a ounce of Latin blood in my family But irregardless- I’m So happy it became a tradition as I always looked forward to it. Since making the tamales always seemed to be a big undertaking- It never really crossed my mind to make them at home on say a weeknight.
Yesterday I had one of those abnormally miserable days.. and I decided that dinner needed to bring me some serious happiness and comfort. Tamales popped into my head and that was it.. They had to be made. Instantly my spirits improved as I planned out the recipe and executed it. Cooking is my therapy !
I scaled down the recipe- so that it can be made and enjoyed any old day. This recipe will make between 10-12 Good sized tamales- and be warned that they are FILLING. If you find yourself with extra even still- feel free to freeze them for another day.
And For the Pumpkin Chipotle Sauce- Its got a nice little spicy kick that compliments the Tamales Fantastically. If you LOVE spicy- feel free to add additional Chipotle peppers to the sauce. If you are a veg head or do the Vegan thing- try using Tofu Instead of Chicken and or Black Beans.
Heres the Recipe: Tamales With Pumpkin Chipotle Sauce