Black Bean Tamales

by Edward Daniel
Black Bean Tamales is vegan and gluten-free. Image by Edward Daniel (c).

Fiery chilli flavoured creamy black beans with marjoram and oregano parcelled in a maize dumpling steamed in corn husks; Black Bean Tamales.

Scorch your tastebuds with sensations that will make you flutter. And. chew.

This dish will alter your beliefs that vegan food can’t be fulfilling.

Make this:

  • When you’re going on an expedition and traversing difficult terrain and need a little treat for your break
  • When you’re punching the air after making a win at work and now needs a dish that’ll have you celebrating
  • When the lads are coming over for games night and need a dish to blow their tongues off but without the fire

Black Bean Tamales was inspired when planning a trek to Snowdonia with a truther friend and looking a bright future.

Tamales is an iconic Mesoamerican dish that harks to Mayan civilisation and is a comprehensive dish on its own and eaten on its todd.  Tamales are a blend of corn dough and filling, wrapped in corn husk and steamed. Mexicans use tamales as portable food, with the corn husk wrapping maintaining the tamales freshness. It’s eaten das breakfast or dinner.

I purchase my habanero chilli from a quaint Mexican supermarket near Warren Street in London, called Mestizo Market which can be found here.

Black Bean Tamales is vegan and gluten-free.

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Black Bean Tamales is vegan and gluten-free. Image by Edward Daniel (c).
Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 6 to 8 corn husks
  • 150 black beans
  • 75g peanuts, chopped
  • 1 shallot
  • 2tbs olive oil
  • 1tbs marjoram
  • 1tsb oregano
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 chipotles chilli’s
  • 1 Kashmir chilis
  • 1 cascabel chilli’s
  • Or 4 dried chilli’s
  • 300ml filtered water
  • 240g maize flour
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 480ml filtered water, hot
  • 2tbs lemon juice
  • 6tbs coconut oil, melted


  1. Soak the black beans in filtered water overnight.
  2. Soak the corn husks in boiling filtered water in a separate pan. Cover and set aside.
  3. Place the beans in a pressure cook with adequate water and pressure cook for 20 minutes. Set to one side.
  4. Sauté the shallot in oil until translucent. Add in the chopped peanuts and toast for a few minutes and brown.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the marjoram and oregano.
  6. Deseed the chillis – use chillis and place in a saucepan. Bring to boil and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Blend the contents and weigh.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, mix the maize flour, baking powder with the salt.
  8. Add in the lemon juice and oil.
  9. Pour a half of the chillis sauce and form into a crumble.
  10. Pour in a little of the filtered water and knead. Continue pouring more water and use your hands to knead into a dough.
  11. The dough should be soft and pliable and spreadable.
  12. Gently fold the other half of the chillis sauce into the bean mixture with a spatula.
  13. Take a tablespoon and spoon the dough onto the husk. The husk should be soft and pliable. Start towards the top wider part of the husk. Form a rectangular but ensure you have enough space at the top and bottom to fold over.
  14. Spoon on the black filling into the centre. Just enough to ensure you can wrap the dough round as you fold the tamales over. Fold over and form into a parcel.
  15. Place the tamales into a steamer and steam for 20 minutes.
  16. Serve warm.

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