Throughout Central America, we have been fed with tamales. At first, I was skeptical. I mean seriously, THIS. DOESN’T. LOOK. APPETIZING. But after my first ‘unwilled’ bite (M literally force fed me. Pfff, I was not impressed) in the Honduran forest (which I would have called a jungle but this is a different story), I was conquered. It might not be paleo but this is a cheap meal (and god knows that we need it!) which keeps us full for a (long to very long) while. Yeah to tamales! This traditional dish made of masa (a starchy dough) is steamed in a plantain leaf and can be stuffed with, among others, meat.
We liked the Honduran one we were given while hiking through the jungle and the Guatemalan and Nicaraguan (known as nacatamal) versions were pretty good too. Glad to keep finding cheap and tasty street food along the way! This saves us from the pricey touristy traps! Since this is a very filling meal, it could be a great dish to prepare for a family or friend gathering. I found an easy recipe because who seriously wants to slave in the kitchen?! This is luckily not a must anymore nowadays! Enjoy!
Happy trails and remember: Carpe Diem!