Tamales: A Celebration Dish in Vallarta · Nayarit
Tamales are symbolic of Mexican street food, especially over the festive periods and national celebrations. Along Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, this delicious dish is a celebration to share in family.
Originally a Mesoamerican dish, variations of tamales originate as far back as 8000 to 5000 BCE, and the name itself is even rooted in the Nahuatl word tamalli, meaning ‘wrapped.’
Usually made from a starchy, corn-based masa (dough), tamales are most commonly wrapped in corn husks before being steamed and served hot with spicy salsas drizzled over the top.
Street vendors can be found selling them morning, noon and night across the country.
There are literally hundreds of options available; popular ones include rajas con queso (cheese), mole de pollo (chicken), and salsa roja or salsa verde.