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Traditional Sweet Tamales – Mexican Recipe

22 mayo, 2021

One of the most traditional dishes in Mexico and that is usually prepared for any type of festivity, be it during national holidays, the Day of the Dead, Christmas or a birthday, are tamales, and that is, who does not like if are they perfect to eat at any time of the day? There are different recipes and flavors depending on the region where they are prepared, but among the most popular there are are the Mexican sweet tamales, which also have different flavors.

On this occasion, in Free Recipes we will show you how to make sweet tamales with raisins and that traditional pink color. Read on and see how easy it is to prepare them.

8 diners
1h 30m
Low difficulty

Additional characteristics:
Cheap Cost, Popular in Other Parties, Bain Marie, Mexican Recipes

Ingredients to make sweet tamales:

How to make sweet tamales:


To start preparing the sweet tamales, whisk the vegetable shortening until creamy. This process will take you around 10 to 15 minutes.

Trick: You can substitute vegetable shortening for oil, the amount is proportional, or if you prefer to give it a more typical flavor you can use lard.

Sweet Tamales Recipe - Step 1


In another container, mix the dry ingredients: the tamale flour, the baking powder, the teaspoon of salt and the sugar. Mix well so that everything is incorporated.

Sweet Tamales Recipe - Step 2


On the other hand, it begins to hydrate the tamale leaves. To do this, put the leaves in a container with warm water and let them rest for 15 minutes.

Sweet Tamales Recipe - Step 3


When you have the butter whipped, add the dry ingredients little by little and mix to integrate everything.

Sweet Tamales Recipe - Step 4


Add the milliliters of milk and the can of condensed milk and mix again. At this point you can add the drops of red food coloring to give your dulce con lechera tamales a pinkish color.

Trick: you can not add the food coloring and leave them with their natural color. Also, if you want to give it another touch of flavor you can add a few drops of artificial flavoring of the flavor you want.

Sweet Tamales Recipe - Step 5


Once the dough and the hydrated leaves are ready, start assemble your sweet tamales. To do this, add a portion of dough on the sheet and distribute it from the center up, add some raisins and repeat the process until you finish with your dough.

Trick: You can fill the sweet tamales to your liking, if you leave them with their natural color you can add a piece of pineapple in syrup or fruit jam.

Sweet Tamales Recipe - Step 6


Transfer your tamales to a pot to cook them in a bain-marie. Arrange them vertically to prevent them from opening during cooking, cover with more tamale leaves and cover the pot to let them cook for an hour over low heat.

Sweet Tamales Recipe - Step 7


After cooking time, remove the tamales and serve immediately. We recommend accompanying them with a delicious coffee or milk. These are the traditional sweet tamales, but remember that you can make them in different flavors by adding pineapple or the fruit that you like the most. Thus, you will get some varied and delicious filled sweet tamales.

Sweet Tamales Recipe - Step 8

If you liked the recipe for Sweet tamales, we suggest you enter our category of Tamale Recipes. You can also visit a selection of the best Mexican recipes.

Sweet tamales – Flavors

There are many flavors that have emerged from the recipe for traditional sweet tamales. For example, to the ready dough you can add:

  • grated coconut
  • blueberries
  • chopped pineapple
  • chopped peach
  • raspberries
  • chopped nut
  • jam
  • banana
  • strawberries

On the other hand, you have the option of substituting the condensed milk for sugar and coconut milk. Likewise, you can use a part of the tamale flour to replace it with cocoa powder. As you can see, the possibilities are endless and you just need to let your imagination run wild.

Other easy and delicious Mexican tamales are: