These keto Almond Flour Tamales with Red Chile Pork are just the Mexican comfort food for your keto diet dinner! Here we use an easy red chile pork for the filling and give other filling and topping ideas. Keep reading!
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Almond flour is the most obvious substitution for masa flour in a low carb keto tamale recipe. It’s slightly sweet and softly gritty, just like a corn meal flour.
The corn extract is added to give it even more of the sweet corn flavor. It’s optional, but I have a feeling you’ll be glad you tried it!
How to Make Keto Tamales
Time needed: 1 minute.
The tamale wrapping process might sound intimidating, but don’t give up yet! These keto tamales are actually super easy to wrap. Once you make your first one, you’ll get into a good routine and have them all rolled in no time!
Lay the corn husk down
Pat the corn husk dry with a clean towel and spread it out.
Place a scoop of almond flour masa dough on the corn husk
Scoop about 2-4 tablespoons of the almond flour “masa” dough onto one corner of the wide part of the corn husk.
Spread the almond flour dough
Using your fingers, spread the almond flour masa dough into a square shape.
Add a row of keto tamale filling to the middle of the dough
Add about 2-3 tablespoons of whatever keto tamale filling you’ve chosen in a row on top of the spread almond flour masa dough. See further down the post for a list of keto tamale filling suggestions.
Wrap the keto tamale
Starting at the corner where you spread the masa dough, begin rolling the tamale.
Continue wrapping keto tamales
Wrap the keto tamale to the end of the corn husk.
Fold the end of the corn husk
Take the empty end of the corn husk and fold it up. At this point, you can take an extra corn husk and tear off a thin strip to tie around the tamale. It’s not necessary, but it does keep the tamale from opening too easily and looks cute. :)
Steam or store the keto tamales after wrapping
After rolling the tamales, you can follow the instructions in the recipe card to steam them, or store them in an airtight container for 5-7 days.
If you love these tamales, check out our new Keto Tamale Pie recipe! A family favorite.
FAQs for Keto Almond Flour Tamales with Red Chile Pork
Are tamales high in carbs?
Unfortunately, traditional tamales are high in carbs. This is mostly due to the masa dough, which is made from corn. One pork tamale has 34 grams of carbs.
Is corn keto friendly?
Corn is not keto friendly, for two reasons. It’s a grain, which is generally a no-no on the keto diet. Secondly, it has 41 grams of carbs per cup. For these reasons, I’ve chosen to use almond flour instead of masa flour. I’ve also added corn extract to make it taste more corny. Corn extract is a little spendy, but it lasts a long time and you can use it in other recipes, like this Keto Honey Cornbread with Almond Flour.
Keto tamale toppings are just as numerous as the fillings!
You can top your keto tamales with sour cream, sugar free mole sauce, salsa, avocado, Mexican blend cheese, cotija cheese crumbles, tomatillo dressing, jalapeno pepper slices, queso, or shredded lettuce.
Almond Flour Tamales with Red Chile Pork
Yield: 8-10 tamales
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour25 minutes
These keto Almond Flour Tamales with Red Chile Pork are just the Mexican comfort food for your keto diet dinner!