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Tamales de Rajas: A Spicy Twist on Tradition

Tamales de Rajas are a culinary delight, showcasing the bold and spicy flavors of Mexican cuisine.

This variation of tamales stands out with its filling of sliced poblano peppers, creating a tasty experience for those who enjoy a bit of heat in their meals.

Key Takeaways

  • Who this meal appeals to: Perfect for spice enthusiasts and those craving a unique twist on traditional Mexican tamales.
  • Estimated duration: While the preparation demands time and attention, the end result is a flavor-packed experience lasting around 3-4 hours.
  • Nutrition Facts: Tamales de Rajas offer a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, influenced by the choice of fillings.

About this Recipe

Tamales de Rajas are known for their distinctive filling, featuring sliced poblano peppers (rajas) combined with other flavorful ingredients. This variation adds a spicy kick to the classic tamale, creating a memorable culinary experience.

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. Corn Husks: Traditional wrapping material for tamales.


  • Masa: 3 cups, finely ground.
  • Sliced Poblano Peppers (Rajas): 1 cup, for the spicy filling.
  • Cheese: 1 cup, grated (queso fresco or panela work well).
  • Onions and Garlic: 1/2 cup each, finely chopped for added flavor.
  • Chicken Broth: 2 cups, for seasoning the masa.
  • Corn Husks: 12-15 pieces, for wrapping.


  1. Prepare the Masa: Combine masa with chicken broth until it forms a smooth, spreadable consistency.
  2. Prepare the Filling: Sauté sliced poblano peppers, onions, and garlic until tender. Mix in the grated cheese.
  3. Assemble the Tamales: Spread a layer of masa on a corn husk, add a spoonful of the rajas 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 cooling salsa verde or guacamole to complement the spicy flavors.

Storage Options

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

Ingredient Substitutes

Experiment with different cheeses or add other vegetables for a personalized touch.

Alternatives to this Meal

For a milder option, reduce the amount of poblano peppers in the filling for a tamale with a hint of spice.

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


Tamales de Rajas offer a spicy and flavorful departure from traditional tamales, providing a memorable experience for those who enjoy a kick in every bite. Whether shared during festive occasions or enjoyed as a comforting treat, these tamales add a fiery twist to the rich tapestry of Mexican culinary traditions.