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Vegan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tamales

by glutenfreecat (Adapted from Squidoo and Natalie of Tasty Kitchen)


  • 1 – 8 oz. bag dried corn husks, soaked


  • 2 poblano peppers, broiled, peeled, and chopped
  • 4 large mushrooms, sliced
  • 3-4 green onions, sliced
  • 3 peppers (one yellow, red, and green), finely chopped
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 T. olive oil, divided
  • 1 – 15.5 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 – 14 oz. can diced tomato, drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1⁄2 c. chopped cilantro

For the masa dough:

  • 6 c. masa harina (I used Maseca instant masa mix.)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 3 3/4 – 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 c. olive oil
  • 1⁄2 tsp. sea salt


Prepare corn husks:

1.  Soak corn husks overnight.

2.  Take 3 large corn husks and tear them into 1⁄4 inch strips. Keep them in water until you are ready to use them to avoid breakage.

Prepare filling:

1.  Cut poblano peppers in half and seed them.  Brush with olive oil and broil until black spots form, 3-5 minutes.  Flip and broil the other side for 3-5 more minutes.  Peel skins off, and then chop the peppers.

2.  Combine chopped poblanos, sweet potato cubes, 1-2 c. of the tri-colored peppers, mushrooms, and the green onions.  Coat in 1 T. of olive oil and roast at 425 for 25-30 minutes on a foil-lined jelly roll pan.

3.  In a large wok or skillet, warm 1 T. olive oil over medium heat and saute garlic until it begins to brown.  Add black beans, tomatoes, roasted veggies, and cumin.  Stir in cilantro and remove from heat.

Prepare dough:

1.  Combine masa harina, salt, chili powder, cumin, and olive oil in an electric mixer on medium speed.

2.  Reduce the speed to low and slowly add vegetable broth.  After 3 3/4 cups, test the consistency of the dough and add more broth if needed.

Prepare tamales:

1.  Lay two corn husks on a flat surface.  Place 1/4 c. of dough at the top of a husk and flatten it.  Pressing down with a plastic bag will prevent your fingers from sticking to the dough.

2.  Place a heaping tablespoon of filling down the center of the dough.

3.  Roll the corn husk so it wraps snuggly around the dough and tie it with a corn husk strip.

4.  Stand the tamales up in a steamer.  Add 2 inches of water to the bottom of the pot and steam for an hour or until the dough pulls easily away from the husk.

5.  Share with LOTS of friends!

Makes 25-30 tamales


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