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Peruvian Tamales

Peruvian Tamales, known as “Tamales Peruanos,” are a culinary delight that reflects the rich and diverse flavors of Peruvian cuisine.

These tamales offer a unique fusion of indigenous, Spanish, African, and Asian influences, creating a tantalizing experience for the taste buds.

Key Takeaways

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

About this Recipe

Peruvian Tamales are known for their unique masa, often made with corn and flavored with achiote or other spices. Filled with a variety of ingredients such as meat, olives, and peppers, these tamales offer a culinary journey into the heart of Peru.

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 or Corn Husks: Traditional wrapping material for an authentic touch.


  • Masa: 3 cups, a mixture of corn and achiote-seasoned dough.
  • Meat (Chicken, Pork, or Beef): 1 lb, cooked and shredded.
  • Olives and Roasted Peppers: 1/2 cup each, for a savory and tangy flavor.
  • Raisins: 1/4 cup, for a touch of sweetness.
  • Cumin and Paprika: 1 teaspoon each, for added depth of flavor.
  • Chicken Broth: 2 cups, for seasoning the masa.
  • Banana Leaves or Corn Husks: 12-15 pieces, for wrapping.


  1. Prepare the Masa: Mix the corn dough with achiote-seasoned chicken broth until it forms a smooth, spreadable consistency.
  2. Prepare the Filling: Combine shredded meat with olives, roasted peppers, raisins, cumin, and paprika.
  3. Assemble the Tamales: Spread a thin layer of masa on a banana leaf or corn husk, 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 Peruvian salsa criolla or aji amarillo sauce for an extra burst of flavor.

Storage Options

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

Ingredient Substitutes

Experiment with different meats or add nuts for a unique Peruvian twist on the traditional filling.

Alternatives to this Meal

For a vegetarian option, consider making tamales filled with a mix of Peruvian vegetables and queso fresco.

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


Peruvian Tamales offer a gastronomic adventure into the heart of Peru, providing a flavorful experience that captures the essence of the country’s diverse culinary traditions. Whether enjoyed during festive occasions or as a comforting family meal, these tamales celebrate the rich and vibrant tapestry of Peruvian cuisine.