Tamale Nutrition Facts

Calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrate values for Tamale.


There are 247 calories in Tamale.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size:


piece (142 grams)

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 116
Calories 247

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 13 grams

Saturated Fat 3.8 grams

Trans Fat 0.1 grams
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.9 grams
Monounsaturated Fat 4.6 grams

Cholesterol 28 milligrams

Sodium 672 milligrams

Potassium 216 milligrams

Total Carbohydrates 22 grams

Dietary Fiber 3.4 grams

Sugars 0.7 grams
Protein 10 grams

Vitamin A


Vitamin C





Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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How long would it take to burn off 250 KCal?
Walking (3mph) 67 minutes
Running (6mph) 24 minutes
Bicycling (10mph) 34 minutes
Values estimated based on person weighing 140 lbs.

What are tamale made of?

Some tamales are made of a paste of freshly ground corn, while others are made from nixtamalized and dried corn that’s then mixed into a dough. Most Mexican tamales contain a savory filling of meat or vegetables, but sweet tamales filled with dried fruit are also popular, and some tamales do not contain filling at all.

What is a tamale and how do you eat it?

Tamales are a complete meal in a portable form. In most versions, tamales are made from a mixture of corn dough (masa) and filling, wrapped in a banana leaf or corn husk, and then steamed. The corn masa becomes firmer when steamed, and the tamale can be unwrapped and eaten on the go.

What does tamale mean in Mexican?

The word tamale comes from the Mexican Spanish tamal, which has a Nahuatl root, tamalli, meaning “wrapped.” Definitions of tamale. corn and cornmeal dough stuffed with a meat mixture then wrapped in corn husks and steamed. type of: dish.

Why is it called a tamale?

Tamales are made of masa, which is ground corn moistened with water. The masa is wrapped in whatever leaves are available, such as corn husks, banana leaves, or even tree bark. The wrapping gives the tamale its name, as it comes from the word tamalli, the Náhuatl word meaning wrapped.

How do you eat a tamale?

The proper way to eat tamale is to unwrap the outer layer and discard it. Inside the wrapper will be the fresh tamale. We suggest adding condiments like salsa, guacamole, cilantro, or sour cream. If your tamale is fully loaded, we suggest consuming it with a fork.

Are tamales unhealthy?

Tamales are generally considered healthy,” says Bansari Acharya, R.D.N., a registered dietitian and blogger at FoodLove. “Especially because they’re steamed instead of fried.”

Why are tamales so special?

Tamales were important in that period because it was a bread made with corn and corn was the flesh that the gods decided to use to give form to humans. Tamales were a sacred dish, thats why nowadays, to celebrate catholic holidays, tamales are the first on the table.

Are tamales dumplings?

Tamales are steamed dumplings wrapped in corn dough. Though we mostly know them by their Mexican name — Tamales — they are in fact made all throughout Latin America under different names (see Language Notes at end.) Tamales can be either savoury or sweet.