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A friend just gave me a dozen meat tamales. What should I serve with them to have a nice complete meal?

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  1. The nixtamalized corn and filling that comprises most tamales is a fairly complete meal. If you want a few options for sides just for contrast, consider something crunchy like a jicama and citrus slaw, maybe some cheese and rice bake that you can drizzle with salsa and a simple dessert.

      1. some salsa perhaps, depending on the filling, or some sort of sauce, but then I love sauce and it's not standard with tamales. refried beans--I prefer pinto. chile relleno, depending on how many tamales per person.

        1. I often serve tamales with red chile sauce, cheese, shredded lettuce and maybe tomato. After steaming I remove them from the corn husks, add chile sauce and cheese and pop under the broiler until the cheese melts. Then I serve them with lettuce, tomato and more sauce on the table. That makes a complete meal for me and we have it breakfast, lunch or dinner. I suppose you could add a fried egg on top (under the sauce and cheese) if you wanted.

          1. Serve with chili gravy, pinto beans, pico de gallo, and flour tortillas.

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