We love making Tamales when we are in Illinois for the Holidays . So we can share them with family and friends. If you are interested in getting the Recipe just send us a email at: info@bccostarica.com  Be sure to check out our website bccostarica.com for amazing places to stay in Costa Rica while enjoying a Costa Rica Tamale. 

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Costa Rica is a country located in Central America that has unlimited tourist potential and is ranked as one of the most visited international destinations.

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Costa Rica is a country located in Central America that has unlimited tourist potential and is ranked as one of the most visited international destinations. One of Costa Rica’s main sources of income is tourism. Costa Rica is a democratic and peaceful country, and it has not had an army since the year 1949.


Although the country is small and it covers only 0.03 % of the surface of the globe, it proudly shelters a 5% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. 25.58 % of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory. Costa Rica is also an attractive country for investment and it offers great potential for the establishment of important multinational companies, thanks to the outstanding academic level of its population, as well as the high standard of modern services and social and political stability.

Unlike the Mexican Tamales wrapped around in corn husk, the Costa Rican Tamale is wrapped in large banana leafs, made with corn flower, potatoes and other species to create the "masa". Along with the masa, each tamale has a small piece of meat, carrots, peas, Yellow rice, sweet peppers and garnish with cilantro.  Everybody has their own preferred recipe, but those are the basic components of the tamale. The tamales are then carefully and artfully folded in the banana leaf, making sure it is not going to leak out during the cooking.  Two tamales are then tied together with string to make a "piña" or pair (not to confuse with pineapple) the packets are then boiled for about an hour. A wood fire is the traditional way to cook the tamales as it enhances the flavor and it is the most cost effective. The tamales are made of batches of 30 pairs, cooked in a huge pot of boiling water. Once the first batch is cooked, we sit around the table to enjoy one tamale, making sure not to eat the entire batch!

Costa Rica Tamales:

December marks the beginning of the Christmas traditions and holiday season in Costa Rica. Making Tamales is one tradition that most Costa Rica families take part in.  

The tamales tradition is an essential part of the Christmas celebration in Costa Rica. The tamale itself is a true culinary work of art. Families get together to start production around 5am and pretty much work all day until 5pm. The idea is to make enough tamales so they can take some home, exchange with friends and other family members and feel proud of their recipes variations.