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Tamales are a traditional Mexican dish but also popular in many Latin American countries today. Different variations, in different sizes and flavorsrepresent popular national dishes of many Latin American countries.

Tamales can be filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, chilies or any preparation according to taste, and both the filling and the cooking liquid may be seasoned, and wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves before being steamed.

Tamales are a unique Pre-Columbian dish that is believed to have originated in Mesoamerica, the land between North and South America. Mexican tamales are perhaps the best-known version, however, almost all of the Central and South American cultures have adopted the dish into their own style of cooking.

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