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Pumpkin Pie Tamales

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Hello my food lovers, did you have a fab time Tricking and Treating? Oh, we had a blast as my girlie’s cleaned up our streets as Batgirl and Robin.  So many houses to visit, so little time.   Well now that Halloween has left with a bang shall we discuss Thanksgiving treat ideas?   


This is the time of season for homemade tamales. Why should tamales only be savory? Let’s sweeten these bad boys up with the taste of pumpkin pie with a mix of pecans and raisins.  Serve as a sweet dessert or a side dish to your meal. Try crumbling some queso fresco on top for a sweet/savory delight. enjoy! Sweet Life.   



Pumpkin Pie Tamales …A delicate pumpkin tamale mixed with Pecans and raisins.

This recipe makes ALOT of tamales, feel free to half the recipe to suit your family needs.

Be sure to taste the filling after you reach the peanut butter stage, season as needed.

Pumpkin Pie Tamales

makes 40-60 tamales

by George Duran for IMUSA USA


40-60 dried corn husks

7 cups Maseca corn flour

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp salt

2 tsp ginger

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp nutmeg

2 – 29 ounce cans of pumpkin puree

4 sticks of butter, melted

2 cups of warm water or milk ( i used milk)

2 cups of walnuts, chopped (i used pecans)

2 cups raisins

queso fresco (optional)


Fill a large bowl with warm water and soak corn husks until softened about 30 minutes.

In an extra large bowl add Maseca corn flour and the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix together making sure that all of the clumps are broken up with your fingers. Then add all of the wet ingredients and once again, use your hands to mix.

Add water or milk as needed until your reach the consistency of peanut butter. Fold in the walnuts and raisins.

Assemble the tamales by using a rubber spatula to spread 1/2 cup to 1 cup of the dough mixture onto the corn husk, depending the size of the corn husk.

The spread should cover about two thirds of the corn husk, away from the pointed end, making sure you leave some space on each side to fold.

Gently fold one side of the corn husk to the other end and fold up the pointed end across. Lay each tamale fold-side down. There should be an open end to each tamale.

Once the tamales are folded fill a 24 qt steamer with the tamales adding enough water as need for your steamer.  carefully place each tamale standing up on the steam tray of the rack without overloading it and bring water to a simmer.

Steam with the lid on for 90 minutes.

Remove each tamale with tongs and let rest for a few minutes before serving it as a sweet side-dish or grated with queso fresco.

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40 Responses to Pumpkin Pie Tamales

  1. […] kitchen table and try these delights. I have been found day dreaming from time to time about these Pumpkin Pie Tamales and I love the dairy farm pictures and dedication that Vianney includes with her […]

  2. OMG! I ? Pumpkin tamales! And the addition of pecans sounds absolutely delicious. :)

  3. Awesome dish. You can never have too many tamale dishes. Thanks for the post.

  4. I miss those orange pumpkins and tamales! I haven’t seen them in ages since they’re not available here.

    Wonderful idea!

    I tried making my own tamales once when I found masa harina (cost a small fortune too). Let’s just say that no Mexican or Tex-Mex community will accept me if they saw how it turned out.

  5. Well first off…everything looks awesome…my tummy’s growling like a man woman! But you just know that I totally want some of your gorgeous pumpkin tamales…what a great idea!

  6. I picked up a few cans of pumpkin puree just in anticipation of a few great recipes like these. Cooking for me is so much more fun when there is a theme or a purpose….like Thanksgiving, for instance.

  7. Wow, these tamales sound just incredible, what a brilliant idea. I cannot wait to try these.

  8. Mmm. Pumpkin is good! Everything looks magnificent! I would love to try your tamales. How fun!

  9. My Bonnie, Chuls, Pips, EVERYBODY! I just wanted to tell you guys that your super nice pic is posted as the main image on Refrigerator Soup. I imagine that you know, but just in case…;-)

  10. wow. i must try these.

  11. This is such a great idea!! Looks absolutely delicious!

  12. What a wonderful pumpkin feast! Pumpkin tamales looks divine!

  13. What a great post! I’m going to star this one in my reader for inspiration!

  14. That truly is pumpkin love and I am right there with you. I love it on and in anything… your ideas are really creative. The Tamale takes the cake!… or the whoopie pie!

  15. Lately, I’ve combining squash with many different foods, but tamales would be new to me! They sound so good… and I do still have a pie pumpkin on the counter…

    Glad you had a fun Halloween :)

  16. I love the idea of Pumpkin pie tamales – a fabulous fusion, genius idea! The queso fresco is a terrific addition!

  17. wow, these bad boys are meant for some good eating … love your take, I had these a long time ago, sweet filled tamales I mean, and they are sooooo wonderful….. everything that you girls did sounds and looks just great…. thanks

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  19. I just read the heading and went what pumpkin tamales. What a genius. I loved your tex-mex twist.

  20. your creations are so beautiful… thank you for sharing this.

  21. Yum, My Bonnie! Pumpkin does rock. I would have to agree with Gloria’s statement wholeheartedly (smile). OOh, and your pumpkin tamales sound so nice. That’s like delicious street food for Halloween:) I like the moist, homey look of Hannah’s cake too. Que rico…!

  22. Festive pumpkin fun and your great creative talents in the kitchen…what a combo! I’ll also have to take a closer look at all those accompanying goodies ;o)

    Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,

  23. Lovely presentation for this gorgeous recipe.

  24. Your tamales sound fabulous! I love the idea of a sweet pumpkin tamale. Genius!

  25. Definitely a treat I am enjoying here :)

  26. How unique!!! I’ll have to try these, I am totally pumpkin obsessed.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner

  27. Such an original idea and your photos are fantastic!

  28. This is such a creative recipe…and such a wonderful round up! Living in Austin, I’m eating my fair share of tamales, but I’ve never tried or seen a pumpkin one. What a wonderful way to add some seasonal flair to a classic Mexican dish. Thank you for sharing!

  29. Pumpkin pie is, I think, the best part of Thanksgiving and you have captured it gorgeously with these tamales! The queso addition is quite genius, I think.

  30. I just showed your blog to my husband and will start gathering my ingredients! ~LeslieMichele

  31. Fantastic! I love how you infuse your culture into all your food, Bonnie.

    I am ‘afraid’ of tamales but once I overcome my fear, I’ll have to fix these :)

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  32. The pumpkin pie tamales are BRILL-IANT! Looks like you had a fun and festive weekend! I’ll have to get my pictures up this week. Our party was crazy last night!

  33. Pumpkin tamales, this intrigues me! You’re right, there is no reason that tamales shouldn’t be sweet. These look absolutely amazing.

  34. Those tamales are amazing! You took them way outside of the box!

  35. Sounds like y’all had a blast. There were a ton of trick-or-treaters last night – and more adults than anticipated! Fabulous twist on tamales.

  36. OMG! So much pumpkin goodness!! I feel giddy with delight! Truly can not get enough of my favourite squash. Everything looks divine! The tamales are intriguing – yet to have even my first regular tamale and you’re blowing my mind with this sweet, spicy, pumpkin version!

  37. Thanks for being a part of the post Bonnie!


  38. Amazing suggestions!! I love pumpkin recipes and all of those seems so delicious!!
    Thanks for being always so kind!

  39. I love pumpkin pie and would like to taste those lovely tamales. Wonderful!



  40. This is such a clever idea combining Pumpkin Pie and tamales! :) And glad to hear that everyone had a good time trick or treating!

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