Just like most Latin American countries, tamales are a traditional food this is shared here during the Christmas holiday. We were given many tamales by our friends and branch members. Each one of them was a little different and had their own unique twist. The main thing that we noticed about tamales here are that they are extremely different from the Mexican style tamales that we are used to eating in the Western United States. These tamales are made from a cooked masa and are wrapped in banana leaves. Hermana Ballestero invited us over for a tamale dinner. Her tamales were delicious and it was obvious that each one was meticulously made with care. Some of the filling included pieces of chicken, carrot, chickpeas, raisins, red chile, potato, and green beans.