For eons, tamales came standard issue — stuffed with pork, poultry or, occasionally, pineapple.
Now, we’re blessed with vegan and plant-based tamales in endless varieties, both savory and sweet.
The masa is moist and fluffy (Dora Stone recommends using olive oil, refined coconut oil or pumpkin puree instead of lard) and the fillings typically involve jackfruit, nopales or a blend of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The results are hearty tamales without any animal products.
Whether you want a couple for yourself or you need to feed a holiday table of hungry relatives, here’s where to find a few of the best vegan tamales in Los Angeles.