These are another find from our recent scouring of the shelves at Sprouts. These vegan friendly tamales live over in the freezer aisle where you will find six to a package. Inside the non resealable bag you should find these:
Once opened, we decided to move the tamales to a sealable bag asap to prevent freezer burn. Cooking couldn’t be easier, indeed they cook up like most frozen tamales: wrap them in a damp paper towel and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Hey presto, a fresh piping hot tamale. Here are a few plates we cooked up with ours:
Obviously the headline item here is the vegan sticker. That means no animal fats in the corn masa, and I think it does show through in the final tasting. The texture is more mealy and crumbly as opposed to those with lard. It’s not particular unpleasant, but it’s a noticeable difference.
The taste is solid enough, the filling is predominantly zucchini, which for my liking was actually a little too dominant – a little too vegetal? For my money I’d love to see a version of these with a meat-free ground beef product. That could be really interesting.
Meat eaters will find this a passable tamale, I expect vegans will be far more receptive (that’s essentially our household and how the results came in – one not bad, one awesome). At any rate there’s a whole heap less saturated fat here than a regular tamale!