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A tamalito
Wrapped tamalitos

The tamalito is a typical dish of the Amazonas Region in Peru. It is also a common dish in Central America.[1] Its appearance is similar to the tamale from the coast, but they are drier and smaller. It scarcely reaches 7 cm.[citation needed]


Tamalitos are prepared in a similar manner to tamales. Stone-ground maize is mixed with lard.[2] Green maize is sometimes used.[2] This mixture is then filled with ground beef, and wrapped in achirra leaves. The tamalitos are then tied, and steamed in a pot.[2]

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  1. ^ Meyer, A.L.; Vann, J.M. (2008). The Appetizer Atlas: A World of Small Bites. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 117–118. ISBN 978-0-544-17738-3. 
  2. ^ a b c Moldovan, C. (2013). Growing Up Third World. Xlibris Corporation LLC. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-4797-4856-3. [self-published source]