It’s time for another tamale recipe! I don’t know about you, but I love making tamales. Some people enjoy spending a couple of hours making a cake, but me, I’d rather spend it making tamales. These Black Bean Chipotle Tamales were made with black beans, a little onion, sweet pepper, and a chipotle seasoned masa. For this batch, I used canola oil, but I’ve also used melted butter. I quit using lard in my tamales years ago.
If you’ve seen my other tamales recipes you know that I prefer to mix the filling in with the masa rather than apply them separately. It makes the assembly process much easier and faster. It only takes about an hour to make the filling and the masa, and to assemble the tamales. Once that’s done, you just place the tamales in a steamer for 1 to 1 ½ hours, and go relax, read a book, have a beer.