Since Christmas is next week, I thought I’d share my family’s Christmas Eve tradition for dinner — TAMALES! I used to think it was a Texas thing until I stopped into Trader Joe’s and saw mounds of fresh tamales this past weekend. I have a weak spot for them too. I don’t eat them all that often, but there’s something nostalgic about them that make me think of being home with my family during the holidays, which is always fun!
Alongside our tamales, we always make this Mexico City style soup and serve the tamales with a selection of different salsas. I love green, but my mom loves red salsa, so we always have a few on hand! Two of my favorites are this chipotle salsa and this tomatillo verde salsa.
I’ve thought about making homemade tamales before, but it seems far too time-intensive! Have you tried? Plus, it’s so much easier to just pick them up at the store, haha!
What We Use
To cook them, we use a big pot like this one with a steam basket (aka, pasta drainer) to steam a bunch of them at once. Christmas is already busy enough, and since these are easy to make, we get more time to spend together, just hanging out by the fireplace!
During the holidays you can pick up fresh tamales at just about any store! Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have great ones, and if you live in Texas, Central Market always had really yummy ones! And, if you just need a fix, pop into your store to see if they’re stocked the rest of the year!
What family traditions do you have on Christmas Eve? What’s your favorite type of salsa—red or green?!