If you’re from the southwest, then you know that Christmas dinner isn’t just about turkey and stuffing. Here in the southwest, we like to enjoy a little Mexican fare with our Christmas festivities. Tamales are a winter staple that can be done so many different ways. Though making them is not for the faint of heart, as they do require a good amount of time and careful preparation, but the end result is more than worth it! Take a peak at these savory and sweet, not to mention delectable, tamale recipes.

Beef Tamales

Photo and recipe courtesy of Mrs. Happy Homemaker

Beef tamales are one of the more popular types of tamales. Make it with red or green sauce–both are perfect with beef tamales. Don’t forget the green or black olive in the middle! Get the recipe here.