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Honduran Tamales

Honduran Tamales, known as “Tamales Hondureños,” are a culinary treasure that mirrors the diverse and vibrant traditions of Honduras.

These delectable tamales are a celebration of flavors, showcasing the country’s unique blend of indigenous and Spanish influences.

Key Takeaways

  • Who this meal appeals to: Ideal for those looking to experience the authentic taste of Honduras, with a love for savory and aromatic delights.
  • Estimated duration: While the preparation requires time and care, the end result is a flavorful experience lasting around 3-4 hours.
  • Nutrition Facts: Honduran Tamales offer a well-balanced mix of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, influenced by the choice of fillings.

About this Recipe

Honduran Tamales are distinctive for their use of banana leaves, imparting a unique aroma to the dish. Filled with a combination of meats, vegetables, and achiote, these tamales offer a delightful fusion of textures and flavors.

Equipment Required

  1. Large Steaming Pot: Essential for achieving the perfect texture of the masa.
  2. Mixing Bowls: For preparing the masa and fillings.
  3. Banana Leaves: Traditional wrapping material for an authentic Honduran touch.


  • Masa: 3 cups, finely ground.
  • Chicken or Pork: 1 lb, cooked and shredded.
  • Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, and Onions: 1 cup each, finely chopped for a flavorful filling.
  • Achiote Paste: 2 tablespoons, for color and flavor.
  • Chicken Broth: 2 cups, for seasoning the masa.
  • Banana Leaves: 12-15 pieces, for wrapping.


  1. Prepare the Masa: Mix masa with chicken broth and achiote paste until it forms a smooth, spreadable consistency.
  2. Prepare the Filling: Combine shredded meat with chopped vegetables in a bowl.
  3. Assemble the Tamales: Spread a thin layer of masa on a banana leaf, add a spoonful of the filling, and fold the tamale, securing the ends.
  4. Steam to Perfection: Arrange the tamales in a steaming pot and steam for 1.5 to 2 hours until the masa is cooked.

Side Dishes

Serve with a side of pickled onions and hot sauce for an extra kick.

Storage Options

Store any leftover tamales in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped, for up to three days.

Ingredient Substitutes

Experiment with different meats or add green olives and capers for a unique twist on the traditional filling.

Alternatives to this Meal

For a vegetarian option, consider making tamales filled with a medley of roasted vegetables.

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


Honduran Tamales offer a culinary expedition into the heart of Honduras, providing a savory journey that reflects the diverse flavors and traditions of this Central American gem. Whether shared during festive occasions or enjoyed as a comforting family meal, these tamales are a celebration of the rich and vibrant culinary tapestry of Honduras.