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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
Keyword Filipino Tamales Recipe, Pinoy Tamales
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 227 kcal


  • 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
US Customary - Metric


  1. Wash banana leaves and pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Run banana leaves through stove until wilted. Set aside. Optional if frozen, once thaw, it is a bit wilted already.

  3. Saute onion until translucent but not brown.

  4. Pour coconut milk.

  5. Add ground black pepper and salt.
  6. Stir mixture.
  7. Add a package of Bibingka mix. Blend.

  8. Toss-in the other package of Bibingka Mix.
  9. Stir constantly to prevent lumping.
  10. Continue cooking until mixture is smooth and thick.
  11. Remove from stove.
  12. Take 1/3 of the cooked mixture in a separate bowl.
  13. Stir-in the peanut butter. Blend well.

Assembling the Tamales

  1. Take 2 strips of banana leaves and form a cross on a flat surface.
  2. Add 1 ½ tablespoons of the white mixture and top with a teaspoon of peanut mixture.

  3. Take a strip of pork, chicken, ham and a slice of egg. Lay it on top of the peanut mixture.
  4. Wrap mixture by overlapping banana leaves. Tie with a kitchen twine or strip of banana leaves.

  5. This is optional. Wrap tamales in saran wrap and foil to securely wrap the mixture.

  6. Boil water enough to cover tamales.
  7. Lower heat to medium and drop each tamales.
  8. Cover pan and cook for half an hour.
  9. Remove tamales right away to prevent from soaking.
  10. Cool before unwrapping.
  11. Refrigerate any leftover tamales.

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Filipino Tamales
Amount Per Serving
Calories 227 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 124mg5%
Potassium 152mg4%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.