Tamales are one of the most popular Mexican dishes that is eaten during Christmas time. Some like to eat them with mole sauce, while others prefer salsa verde. What do you enjoy eating tamales with? This blog post will provide an exhaustive list of what to serve with tamales so that your friends and family have many options!
WHAT ARE TAMALES?
Tamales are a traditional Mexican dish that is made of corn dough and is usually filled with meat or cheese. Steamed, surrounded by corn husks or banana leaves that are often used as a plate before being discarded.
My favorite tamale recipe by far is this one and I urge you to try it. Doesn't their picture look amazing??!! That's where you'll find the tamale recipe we always use and below are the sides we ALWAYS serve with our tamales. They can be eaten with different sauces, depending on what region of Mexico you are from.
MOLES VS SALSA VERDE
If you are looking for a sauce to go with your tamales, you have two main options: mole sauce or salsa verde. Mole sauce is a dark, chocolate-based sauce that is popular in central Mexico. Salsa Verde, on the other hand, is a green tomatillo-based sauce that is popular in the south of Mexico.
If you are not sure which sauce to choose, ask your friends and family what their favorite is!
To make your Mexican meal a full and complete meal, you should serve some sort of side with it. Mexican dishes are all about the delicious sides that accompany them. There are so many choices to choose from.
WHY YOU SHOULD SERVE SIDES WITH TAMALES
When you serve sides with your tamales, it gives your guests more options and allows them to customize their meal. It also makes the meal more filling and satisfying.
Some popular sides to serve with tamales are:
- Refried beans
- Chips and guacamole
- Pico de gallo
- Jalapeno peppers
WHAT TO SERVE WITH TAMALES
Now that you know what to serve with tamales, the next question is: what do you want to eat? Here are some of our favorite combinations:
Tamales + refried beans = a classic Mexican combination
Tamales + rice = a simple but delicious pairing
Tamales + chips and guacamole = perfect for snacking
Our family loves Mexican food, especially tamales. We have a lot of side dish recommendations for when you are serving tamales. When you are trying to decide what to serve with tamales, try one of these delicious recipes.
The fragrance of butter and cinnamon mixed with a hint of chili peppers fills the kitchen as you prepare this Mexican street corn casserole. The delicious scent will make your taste buds water, ready for an explosion on their palate when they bite into it; whether served alone or alongside other meals-it's perfect either way!
This dip is the perfect way to bring spicy, savory flavor into your day! The Jalapeno peppers and cream cheese make this dish luscious. It's seriously delish; I mean who doesn't love a good hot Mexican Corn Dip?
This cream cheese corn casserole recipe is always a winner, guaranteed to please any crowd. Filled with everything from ham and bacon cheddar cheeses it will be hard for even the most sensitive eaters not to enjoy this dish!
This Queso dip recipe is easy to follow and the results will be a cheesy, creamy, restaurant-quality appetizer. With or without Velveeta this Mexican favorite can't miss at your next party!
The best corn muffin recipe is a classic with the addition of jalapenos and bacon. A delight for breakfast or as an afternoon snack!
A quick scalloped corn casserole will always be a good option. This dish can easily fit into any meal, making it perfect for when you want something light but delicious.
The most amazing and delicious comfort food is what Cheesy Mexican Corn Casserole will give you. The warm creamy texture, with just enough heat from serrano chiles, make this dish a must-have for anyone who loves their food spicy!
Easy Cheesy Sweet Corn Casserole is the best-creamed corn casserole, full of flavor and absolutely guaranteed to be delicious with or without a Jiffy mix. It's also a snap to make in your oven as well on those busy weeknights!
This Copycat Taco Bell Salsa Verde is the easiest way to make your own tacos and bring out a delicious, zesty flavor without all of those preservatives.
This copycat Taco Bell Diablo sauce is just as full of flavor and hot as the original. This diablo slammer packs a punch!
This Copycat Taco Bell Chicken Chalupa Supreme is a game changer! I love that you can make this at home and not only will it taste better than the original, but your friends won't believe how authentic they are.
Corn on the cob is a common side dish for many summer grilling recipes. The simplest way to cook it? Throw those kernels in an air fryer!
You love Taco Bell, and you want to make a copycat version of their cheesy gordita crunch. This recipe has all the delicious flavors that people know from the original but even better!
Say goodbye to your cravings for Taco Bell Nacho Fries as soon as they are gone! This recipe will give you the same cheesy, crunchy French fries that everyone loves at home.
Take your favorite comfort foods to the next level with this Easy Cheesy Mexican Hash Brown Casserole! You can use potatoes or frozen hash browns, in either an oven slow cooker (for breakfast!) and grill.
This simple Mexican chicken casserole is the perfect dish to serve at your next fiesta. It's easy and loads of flavor with a rich sauce, layers of cheese, and corn or tortilla chips - it'll be hard not to eat all that you've put in front!
That's it! With just a few simple ingredients, you can make the most delicious chicken ever. And what makes things even better? This easy recipe is flexible enough so that it works with any type of spice or flavor preference in mind.
What's better than one delicious dish? Two dishes, actually. This Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Chili combines the best of both worlds to make it an unforgettable meal! Load up your crockpot and enjoy later on today or tomorrow morning for a quick yet satisfying dinner.
This is a wonderful Mexican dish that has flavors you can't get enough of. The sauce covers the chicken in creamy goodness and is topped with plenty more cheese, these Enchiladas will make your taste buds happy!
These delicious buffalo chicken enchiladas are sure to please any appetite, with their flavorful filling and topped off in a tangy sauce.
This Shrimp Potato Corn Chowder might be the best thing you've ever tasted. The rich broth is full of flavor, plus there's bacon to give it that little bit extra!
This chowder is perfect for those cool fall days. The sweet corn, sausages, and potatoes meld together with tomatoes to create a hearty soup that will definitely give you the warmth you need when everything else in nature seems so bleak!
Broccoli Cornbread is the ultimate cheesy comfort food side dish that's hearty and delicious. This cornbread has a flavor profile so rich you'll want to eat it for dinner!
This Easy Mexican Homemade Tomato Salsa is the perfect blend of juicy tomatoes, onions, garlic and spices. Whether you like it spicy or not- this salsa will keep your taste buds satisfied with its bold flavor!
One of the best parts about Easy Crispy Mexican Chicken Salsa Wraps is how quick they are to make. All you need is 4 ingredients and a few tortilla wraps, then dinner will be ready in no time!
We serve our recipe for The Ultimate Guacamole regularly as a snack or appetizer. Avocado, tomato, lime, and cilantro come together to make an irresistible dip that you'll love too!
This authentic chocolate Caliente uses real ingredients and no syrup. It's better than Starbucks Mexican Hot Chocolate, so you'll want to try it!
The delicious aroma of these pork and bean burritos or Mexican wraps will make you feel like your stomach is in paradise. They're fast to prepare, great for any time of day (or night!), freeze well so they'll be there when needed most!
The best thing about these tacos is that they're made in a slow cooker. It's not always easy to get all of the ingredients for an amazing meal on your schedule, but with just some time and creativity you can have delicious food before evening!
The perfect addition to any summer gathering, this spicy and crunchy Jalapeno Coleslaw will be the hit of your next cook-out. Made with cheap ingredients you probably already have in stock!
This mac and cheese is full of flavor. ditch the processed box food, you won't be disappointed with this recipe! The pulled pork adds a depth that evens out the sharp cheddar cheeses nicely while complementing them well enough to where they don't overwhelm each other or compete in any way.
Jalapeno Ranch macaroni and cheese is a perfect appetizer or dinner for those who love the heat of jalapeños, ranch dressing mixed with cheddar.
TAKE TAMALES TO THE NEXT LEVEL
If you really want to take your tamales to the next level, we recommend trying one of these recipes:
Sopes with refried beans and avocado salsa = a Mexican version of pizza!
Tamale pie = an American dish that makes use of what you have on hand. Perfect for using leftover ingredients from your dinner party or family gathering.
Tamale pie with cheesy jalapeno breadcrumbs = what's not to love about this dish? Jalapenos are what make everything better!
We hope you find this post helpful in planning your tamale dinner. In case you were wondering, we recommend serving a variety of dishes to accompany the main course, such as rice and beans; guacamole; salsa; tortillas; sliced avocados with lime juice and salt or hot sauce (if desired); corn on the cob with butter (optional); shredded lettuce for topping tacos-style tamales. If someone is allergic to gluten, corn products can be substituted with wheat flour when making masa dough. Happy eating!