Recipe for 60 Minute Chicken Tamales by Jesus Bojorquez, Maseca Recipe collection. Reprinted with permission. These tamales use instant masa flour, prepared salsa and a purchased rotisserie chicken.
Tamales Miahuatecos are a savory pumpkin tamale recipe with a filling of black beans flavored with pasilla de oaxaca chiles, anise and garlic. By Larry Luttropp, LA Times, April 1994.
This is a sample recipe from Tamales 101 by by Alice Guadalupe Tapp. If you have a Mexican market near by you may be able to purchase freshly made masa dough. If don't have a handy source and you don't care to take the time to make it from scratch the masa flour is a quick reasonable substitute.
From Vegetarian Gourmet 1993, Don Matesz. This a vegetarian tamale made with tofu, onion, bell pepper, soy sauce and mustard.
Huitlacoche (also spelled cuitlacoche) is a fungus which grows naturally on ears of corn (Ustilago maydis). The fungus is harvested and treated as a delicacy. The earthy and somewhat smoky fungus is used to flavor quesadillas, tamales, soups and other specialty dishes.