One of the most important Costa Rican traditions over the holiday season is the making of Christmas Tamales. The dedication of time and commitment to making these little pockets of deliciousness make them a mouthwatering labor of love.
Similar to the American tradition making endless batches of Christmas cookies to hand out to family and friends, Ticos get together right before Christmas to cook hundreds of tamales at a time. The time spent together mixing, assembling, tying and everything else that goes into making a tamal is where the magic lies, reminiscing over childhood stories and favorite memories.
We love to carry on this tasty tradition here at Tierra Magnifica and want to spread the recipe to our family and friends near and far so they can join us in the making of Christmas Tamales. Below we’ve listed out the recipe and instructions for tamales so you can bring a little Pura Vida to your kitchen this holiday season. Buen provecho!
Magnifica’s Christmas Tamales
INGREDIENTS IN MAGNIFICA'S CHRISTMAS TAMALES:
2 ¼ lbs banana leaves
3 lbs pork, chicken or beef roast
5 cups cooked rice
2 ¼ lbs potatoes
2 lbs instant corn masa mix
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground achiote
1 bag of raisins or dried plumbs
Salt & Black Pepper
HOW TO MAKE: