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Pumpkin-Poblano Tamales

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16 servings

Got a big crowd coming to your house? Wow them with these cheesy, gloriously creamy tamales made with pumpkin and spiced with roasted poblano chiles.

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  • Add hot water to bouillon cube in small bowl; let stand until dissolved. Use wooden spoon to mix lard, pumpkin, baking powder and cinnamon in large bowl until blended. Add masa harina and chicken broth; stir until mixture forms soft dough.
  • Spread 1/4 cup masa dough into 4-inch square down center of each of 16 banana leaves, leaving about 2 inches at top of leaf. Top each with about 2 Tbsp. each chiles and cheese. Fold over sides and both ends of each leaf to completely enclose filling. Tie closed with strips cut from some of the remaining banana leaves.
  • Pour 3 cups water into tamalera. Use enough of the remaining banana leaves to line bottom and side of tamalera. Add tamales, overlapping as necessary to fit; cover with remaining leaves. Steam 1 hour or until tamales are done, adding water to tamalera if needed. (Tamales are cooked when they pull away from leaves.) Cool slightly. Serve with sour cream.

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Serving Suggestion

Serve with fresh fruit and a quick bagged salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Lite Dressing.

If You Don't Have a Tamalera

Place assembled tamales in steamer basket in large saucepan filled about 1/4 full with water. (Make sure tamales are not touching the water.) Bring water to boil; cover. Steam 1 hour or until tamales are done, adding more water to saucepan if necessary.


If you don't have enough banana leaves to cover tamales in tamalera, you can use a dampened kitchen towel instead.

Cooking Know-How

To avoid burning bottom of tamalera if it runs out of water, add a coin to tamalera along with the water. The coin will sizzle throughout the cooking time. If the sizzling stops, more water needs to be added to the tamalera.


  • 16 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 16 servings
Calories 200
Total fat 13g
Saturated fat 6g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 220mg
Carbohydrate 16g
Dietary fiber 3g
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 150 %DV
Vitamin C 10 %DV
Calcium 10 %DV
Iron 6 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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