How to assemble and wrap tamales (VIDEO).

Never Made Tamales From Scratch? It’s Not That Hard.

Never Made Tamales From Scratch? It’s Not That Hard.

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Dec. 20 2013 9:05 AM

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It’s not hard to assemble tamales. It just takes a little bit of practice.

Tamales are traditional Christmas Eve fare in Latin America, and for good reason: They’re fun to make, they taste amazing, and they kind of look like Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes if you squint at them. And though they may seem complicated, they’re really more time consuming than they are difficult to make. It just takes a little practice to get the hang of wrapping tamales. Here are some tips from Slate’s food and drink editor:

(Slate’s food and drink editor forgot to mention that there’s butter in the masa. She regrets the error.)

L.V. Anderson is a former Slate associate editor.

Krishnan Vasudevan is a regular video contributor to Slate. Follow him on Twitter.

Chris Wade is a New York-based video and audio producer and an occasional contributor to Brow Beat.