Yucatecan Tamales: Beginners Guide
Discovering the Yucatecan Glory
You have to try them all
To talk about the Yucatecan gastronomy is to talk about culture and traditions. Once you try their food, you won’t want to stop eating them.
Yucatecan tamales can be prepared baked, steamed or even buried, and they are wrapped with different leafs, such as banana and sacred leaf. They can be stuffed with corn dough, pork, chicken, egg, ground pumpkin seed, Chaya leaf and Xpelon, which is a type of bean from the region. Below we list the ones you can’t miss during your visit to the Yucatan Peninsula.
1.- Tamales Vaporcitos
They are the most common or typical tamales in Yucatan. These Yucatecan tamales are made with a sheer mass, stuffed with chicken, pork, turkey or pork and are wrapped in banana leaves. They can be served with spicy tomato sauce.
2.- Tamales Colados
To make this type of tamale it’s necessary to pour the mass, what gives a soft and delicious texture to it. These tamales are steamed and wrapped in banana leaf and filled with chicken. They are usually accompanied with tomato sauce with habanero chili.
3.- Tamales with Xpelón
Like the Vaporcitos, these tamales also are stuffed with chicken, with the difference that the mass has seeds of Xpelón, which is a type of Yucatecan bean. This kind of Yucatecan tamale can be baked, buried or steamed.
4.- Tamale Maculán or sacred leaf
This tamale is one of the vegan options of the Yucatecan food. It’s filled with ibis beans, which is a type of white bean, ground pumpkin seed, tomato sauce, and chives. The leaf in which the tamale is also wrapped changes, instead of being with the banana leaf it is covered with sacred leaf, which gives it an exquisite taste. Maculan tamale is typical for eating at Easter.
5.- Brazo de Reina
This is one of the vegetarian options in the Yucatecan food and is very popular to eat them during Easter
This tamale is filling with Chaya leaf, ground pumpkin seeds and hard boiled egg, it can also be stuffed with ball cheese. It is served with tomato sauce.
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6.- Tamales with chaya
These tamales are a variation of the Brazo de Reina and are a delicious option for vegans. They are steamed tamales, and the dough has Chaya pieces, unlike the Brazo de Reina, these tamales have no filling, they are tamales of very sheer mass, and they are accompanied only with spicy tomato sauce. These type of tamales are eaten mainly during Easter since they are easy to cook and very economical too.
7.- Chachacuah or buried tamales
Buried tamales or Chachacuahs as they are known by the Yucatecan people are tamales stuffed with chicken or pork, they can have Xpelón and are wrapped in banana leaf. The big difference between this type of tamal and the Mucbi Pollo is its size. This tamale is also typical during the Hanal Pixan or Day of the Dead Festival.
8.- Mucbi Pollo
They are the most famous tamales in the region, and it is typical to cook them on the day of the dead, known as Hanal Pixan. Mukbil Pollo comes from the Maya: “muk” which is to bury, and “bil” to stir. It is a large tamale, wrapped in banana leaves and buried to be cooked to the wood, which gives it a delicious flavor. The Mucbi Pollo can have Xpelón and is stuffed with chicken, pork or turkey. You can not miss them!
These were the typical Yucatecan tamales that you have to try, but if you still want to continue experiencing the Mexican cuisine, you have to read: 8 Exotic Mexican Dishes You Should Try.
We know that having read the blog, you already feel like eating some of these delicious tamales, but tell us, which ones have you tried? Which one did you like the most? Or Which would you like to try? Share your comments with us.
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