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Colombian Tamales

Colombian tamales are a traditional dish in Colombian cuisine, typically enjoyed during special occasions and holidays.

These tamales are distinct from other Latin American varieties, showcasing the unique flavors and ingredients of Colombian culinary traditions

These savory delights, wrapped in banana leaves, are a dish full of flavor.

Key Takeaways

  • Perfect for those who crave an authentic Colombian experience in every bite.
  • Estimated Duration: Plan for about 3 hours from start to steaming perfection.
  • Nutrition Facts: While hearty, moderation is key due to the richness. Each tamale packs a punch of protein, fiber, and essential nutrients.

About This Recipe

Get ready to embark on a culinary journey as we delve into crafting these delectable Tamales Colombianos. This recipe is a true reflection of Colombian culture, blending indigenous ingredients with culinary creativity.

Equipment Required

  1. Large mixing bowl
  2. Steaming pot
  3. Banana leaves for wrapping
  4. String or twine for tying


  • 2 cups maize flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • 1 cup pork, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 cup potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon achiote powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Dough: In a bowl, mix maize flour, chicken broth, and achiote powder until a smooth dough forms.
  2. Prepare the Filling: Saute garlic, add chicken, pork, vegetables, and spices. Cook until meat is browned and veggies are tender.
  3. Assemble Tamales: Spread a banana leaf, place a spoonful of dough, add the filling, and fold into a rectangular packet. Secure with twine.
  4. Steam to Perfection: Arrange tamales in a steaming pot and steam for 2-3 hours until the dough is cooked through.

Side Dishes

  • Guacamole: A creamy avocado dip that complements the flavors of tamales well.
  • Aguacate (Avocado): Sliced avocado or guacamole can add a creamy element.
  • Ensalada (Salad): A simple green salad with tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers.

Storage Options

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Tamales can also be frozen for longer storage.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • For a vegetarian option, replace meat with plant-based protein.
  • Corn husks can be used if banana leaves are unavailable.


For futher reading check out this comprehensive article on Regional Tamales. For similar tamales check out: Guatemalan Tamales and Tamales Mexicanos.


Tamales Colombianos are more than just a dish; they are a celebration of Colombia’s rich culinary heritage. Gather your ingredients, embrace the process, and savor the flavors of this traditional delight. ¬°Buen provecho!