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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tamales with Real Brown Sugar Limeade

The first recipe I decided to make from Viva Vegan! by Terry Hope Romero were the Black Bean & Sweet Potato Tamales. They rocked! I loved them and they are definitely worth the effort. It is a bit time consuming, especially until you get the hang of it. The chipotle seasoned beans mixed with the cumin-spiced sweet potatoes is a winning combination. These tamales were nice and moist too.


 I’ve made tamales twice now and the second time I made a double batch. I shared some and I froze a whole bunch of them so we can have quick lunches when there are no leftovers. The tamales reheated great. I will definitely make these again when my supply in the freezer runs out. I shared tamales with friends and co-workers. They were a big hit!


Of course I needed something to drink (non-alcoholic of course) with the tamales so I made the Real Brown Sugar Limeade from Viva Vegan! I made it with Melissa’s Piloncillo (Real Brown Sugar Cones) which I found at Meijer. I didn’t chop the piloncillo and did the soaking method to let it dissolve. This limeade was so refreshing and tasty. I’m always tempted to make the limeade when Rob is out auto-crossing  so I can have it all to myself. I usually, not always, try to save him some.


I can’t wait to try something else from this cookbook. If the other recipes are half as good as these, I’ll be thrilled.

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  • Sara June 21, 2010, 2:32 pm

    your tamales look delicious! i had my first tamale last month in vancouver. i want to try to make them but i haven’t been able to find the husks anywhere.
    sounds like a good book – i might have to look for it.

  • amey June 21, 2010, 2:45 pm

    nice! the tamales look great! I’ve been making tamales for a few years now, and I’ve got my eye on that Viva Vegan recipe. It looks fantastic and the filling sounds great. I also want to try out the dessert tamales. I had some once in Mexico, and they were great!

  • Noelle June 24, 2010, 6:49 am

    Just camea across your blog! These look terrific! I have the cookbook and will start with making these for SURE.