Traditional Filipino Tamales Recipe is Today's Delight

Filipino Tamales

Filipino Tamales is a popular treat or kakanin wrap in banana leaves, boiled or steamed and usually serve during Christmas season.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 227kcal


  • 1 box White King Bibingka Mix (2 package 250 g each)
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 4 hard boiled eggs sliced
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • ½ cup strips of chicken
  • ½ cup strips of pork
  • ½ cup strips of ham
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • wilted banana leaves cut into 3 to 4 inch strips


  • Wash banana leaves and pat dry with paper towel.
  • Run banana leaves through stove until wilted. Set aside. Optional if frozen, once thaw, it is a bit wilted already.
  • Saute onion until translucent but not brown.
  • Pour coconut milk.
  • Add ground black pepper and salt.
  • Stir mixture.
  • Add a package of Bibingka mix. Blend.
  • Toss-in the other package of Bibingka Mix.
  • Stir constantly to prevent lumping.
  • Continue cooking until mixture is smooth and thick.
  • Remove from stove.
  • Take 1/3 of the cooked mixture in a separate bowl.
  • Stir-in the peanut butter. Blend well.

Assembling the Tamales

  • Take 2 strips of banana leaves and form a cross on a flat surface.
  • Add 1 ½ tablespoons of the white mixture and top with a teaspoon of peanut mixture.
  • Take a strip of pork, chicken, ham and a slice of egg. Lay it on top of the peanut mixture.
  • Wrap mixture by overlapping banana leaves. Tie with a kitchen twine or strip of banana leaves.
  • This is optional. Wrap tamales in saran wrap and foil to securely wrap the mixture.
  • Boil water enough to cover tamales.
  • Lower heat to medium and drop each tamales.
  • Cover pan and cook for half an hour.
  • Remove tamales right away to prevent from soaking.
  • Cool before unwrapping.
  • Refrigerate any leftover tamales.


Freeze tamales for a month or two. Steam or wrap in damp paper towel and defrost in microwave.


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.8mg