Tamales are a delicious and tempting Mesoamerican dish that is commonly enjoyed as a savory snack or as part of a larger, communal meal.
The savory fillings in tamales are bursting with flavor and definitely add to larger meals. However, you can also enjoy this moreish dish as a dessert item too.
Sweet tamales are growing in popularity and the range of flavors that you can use is also expanding quickly. In this article, we will look at 28 quick and easy sweet tamales recipes you have to try.
If you want to begin your journey into the world of sweet tamales with authentic flavors, this recipe could be just what you are looking for.
The flavors are sweet and the addition of cinnamon, fruit, and pecan nuts make this a warming treat.
If you have never made any type of tamale before, it can be a little bit overwhelming. However, this easy recipe for sweet tamales can make it incredibly simple and leave you with a familiar, chocolate chip flavor.
Another simple and traditional flavor combination that is sure to be a hit with the whole family is raisins and cinnamon.
The fruit brings a delicious, natural sweetness to the snack while the cinnamon creates a warming sensation.
If you want to make some sweet dessert tamales that have a more vibrant flavor, this could be the recipe for you.
The pineapple is sweet and refreshing but also brings a little bit of a tangy aftertaste to liven them up.
These sweet corn and cinnamon tamales are another great option for anyone who wants to create a more traditional flavor.
The best thing about these tamales is that they aren’t overly sweet. The perfect way to round off a well-balanced meal.
If you are a fan of a pina colada cocktail on a summer evening, this could be the perfect dessert tamale recipe for you.
The combination of pineapple and coconut is always a surefire winner. Serve them with your favorite cocktail for an extra special treat.
For those who are huge lovers of chocolate desserts, this sweet tamales n’ chocolate recipe could be just what you are looking for.
This recipe creates tamales that are sweeter than more traditional recipes. They will be popular with children.
This tamales dulce recipe is very popular around the holiday period as a delicious dessert or sweet snack for the whole family to enjoy.
The combination of sweet fruits and warm spices will have you making this every holiday season.
If you want to create a dessert tamale that is a complete chocolate overload, this could be the recipe that you have been looking for.
This recipe definitely isn’t traditional, but sometimes, straying away from tradition can be a delicious thing to do. The hot honey accompaniment is the icing on the cake.
If you want to create dessert tamales that have more of a crunch and a slightly more savory undertone, these tamales dulces with peanuts could be a perfect choice.
The shredded coconut in this recipe provides a fun texture to the tamales.
11. Tamales De Elote
This tamales de elote recipe is the ultimate in quick and easy dessert tamales recipes. Using only nine ingredients and ready in just 2 hours, this is perfect for anyone trying out this dessert for the first time.
12. Tamales De Fresa
If you are a huge fan of fruit-based desserts, this recipe for tamales de fresa could be right up your alley.
The thing that stands out most about these tamales is the stunning color that is produced by the strawberries. A must-have for any potluck table.
13. Tamales De Dulce
These tamales de dulce are from the Oaxacan region of Mexico.
They make a beautiful dessert option but can also be eaten as a special breakfast, accompanied by a cup of atole. Think of this dish as the Oaxacan version of the croissant.
If you want to get even more adventurous with your flavors when making tamales, these beautiful cinnamon toast crunch ones could be a lot of fun.
If you or your family love cinnamon or the popular breakfast cereal, this could be your ideal dessert.
If you are looking for a tamale recipe that is perfect for all of your fall get-togethers and holiday gatherings, this could be perfect.
This recipe feels like the perfect combination of American pumpkin pie and traditional tamales. Great for Dia de Los Muertos or Thanksgiving.
If the combination of fruit and chocolate is the ultimate in dessert flavors, this is the tamale recipe that you need in your life.
The port-infused cherries make this the perfect after-dinner treat for your next dinner party.
Another great pumpkin option to get you in the mood for fall is this pumpkin cream cheese tamales recipe.
Again, pumpkin is one of the ultimate fall dessert ingredients and the cream cheese makes this dessert feel even more special.
This sweet guava cream cheese tamales recipe is another more traditional flavor combination.
The guava provides a natural sweetness to the dessert which can be refreshing, especially after a heavy meal.
This recipe manages to combine two flavors that work great independently and together.
If you make this recipe you’ll find yourself wondering if dulce de leche and banana were always supposed to be together.
Another great colorful option is these pink Mexican tamales. Again, this is a brilliant dish to bring to a potluck gathering to liven up the table.
The red food coloring brings the color to this recipe and the pineapple tidbits bring a stunning sweet flavor.
If you want to take a break from the pineapple and strawberry tamale recipes, this blueberry and cinnamon option could be just what you are looking for.
There are many combinations of fruit that you can use for this recipe, but blueberry sounds the most intriguing.
If you are vegan or know people who are vegan and you don’t want them to miss out on the incredible world of sweet tamales, this recipe is for you.
Strawberry tamales are without doubt one of the sweetest and most eye-catching recipes to create.
Another great recipe for sweet tamales that incorporates red berries to bring some color is this raspberry dessert tamale recipe.
The unique thing about this recipe is that the color of the raspberries is mostly contained to the inside of the tamale rather than the dough.
If a lot of these recipes are sounding a little bit too complex for you and you want to try something a bit more simple to start with, this could be what you are looking for.
These cinnamon sugar tamales bring everything back to basics with delicious results.
If you are looking for the absolute easiest and most simple tamales recipe, this could be the one.
This sweet Cajeta tamales recipe is essentially a super easy way to make tamales de Leche. If you are nervous about making sweet tamales this could be the place to start.
Another unique flavor on this list comes in the form of these stunning sweet orange tamales. If you enjoy a more citrus tang to your desserts, this could be just what you have been looking for.
We have had quite a few different strawberry flavors on this list, but this recipe stands out from the others and had to be included. The star of this recipe really is the horchata sauce that accompanies the tamales.
If you want to keep things extremely basic and more traditional, these sweet potato dessert tamales provide you with a sweet dessert that is full of natural sugar. In fact, this is probably one of the healthiest desserts on this list.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Tamales Have To Be Made In Corn Husks?
The short answer to this question is, no. you can opt to use small bamboo rolling mats if you don’t have access to corn husks.
However, if you want to stay true to the traditional methods of making this dessert, you should try to source some husks. They also add to the presentation of the dessert.
There are plenty of different ways to make quick and easy sweet tamale recipes. Whether you like chocolate or fruit desserts, there is something for everyone on this list.