Tamalitos Verdes Recipe Receta Tamalitos Verdes

Tamalitos Verdes Recipe | Receta Tamalitos Verdes

Tamalitos Verdes are Peruvian green tamales. They are very popular in northern Peru.

They can be enjoyed as an appetizer or a light starter dish.

Tamalitos Verdes recipe is easy to make and usually served alongside with some Peruvian stew.

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Ingredients List:

  • 2 Cups Cilantro Leaves and a few Sprigs
  • 1 Cup Spinach
  • 2 lbs White Corn
  • 1 1/2 Vegetable Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Green corn Husks
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Onion, Chopped
  • Salsa Criolla


Put corn, cilantro, and spinach in a food processor and grind. You can use a blender but the texture could be too liquid and affect the texture of the tamales.

Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Add the onion, sauté it while stirring so it becomes soft but not too brown. Add the garlic and sauté it for a few more minutes. Add to processed corn and mix to combine everything.

Season with salt & pepper and stir with a wooden spoon for about 15 minutes.

Wash the cornhusks. To assemble the tamales, overlap two cornhusks, add 2 tablespoons of the dough right in the center. Fold the cornhusks to make the tamales and tie in the center with a piece of string or a strip made from the cornhusk.

When all the dough has been used, put the remaining husks into the bottom of a wide saucepan. Put the tamales and 3 cups boiling water, cover with more husks and bring to a boil, covered. Cook for 25 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool.

You should let the tamales cool for a little bit so they don’t fall apart when you open them.

Serve 2 tamales per person with a side of salsa criolla.