Growing up, my favorite kind of food was Mexican! When it came to dinner times, I barely ate… unless tacos were on the menu! I could seriously eat 10 (really small ones) at a time! Besides tacos, one of my favorite mexican foods was tamales. Not only are tamales very labor intensive to make, but they are also made with large amounts of either vegetable shortening or lard.
So here I have for you a quick casserole that tastes like tamales, but without the added
grease oil and time investment. It honestly tastes just like how I remember tamales tasting… Amazing!
I served the casserole with an avocado crema sauce. Guacamole, cashew cream or other vegan sour cream would be good. Feel free to use whatever creamy sauce you like, or if you want to keep it lower fat, serve without; I promise it is delicious!
For the Filling:
- 2 cans of pinto beans
- ½ onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1 T Mexican chili powder/spice blend (or to taste)
- 2 c chopped sweet potato
- 2 c chopped zucchini
- 2 c other vegetable (I used spinach)
- 2 c chopped tomatoes
- 1 ½ c masa harina
- 1 T baking powder
- ½ c corn
- ¼ c nutritional yeast
- 1 3/4 c almond milk or other non-dairy milk