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Binging with Babish: Tamales from Coco

Pixar's latest laser-guided annihilator of heartstrings, Coco, starts off in the sunny Mexican town of Santa Cecilia, where 12-year-old Miguel's abulea does two things very well: staving off music of any kind, and slinging tamales. These little packets of south-of-the-border love can be tricky and time-consuming, but make for the perfect Oscar party snack next week when we watch Coco inevitably lose the trophy to Boss Baby.

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77 thoughts on “Binging with Babish: Tamales from Coco

  1. You’re very patient to make tamales from scratch. 😁The edit was less than 6 minutes but you worked hard on every step. Love your dedication ❤🖖

    1. If Babish can find a way to make Hot Ham Water a palatable meal, there’s truly nothing this man can’t achieve.

    2. Sauce Stache to be able to see my friends and relatives in my life and death of me is a great way to go back to sleep now I can’t wait to see my baby sister

    1. Joseph Ochoa Depending on the region they are made differently, probably Dark Times FD doesn’t know that. At my house, the masa was bought directly from the tortilla makers shops since it was fresh mixtamal. The masa was made almost equal parts of masa and lard, and was mixed with chile colorado.

  2. Hey my aunt is the director of lighting at Pixar and has been working on coco for 6years so thanks for doing this video

    1. Nico Lopez tell her to put in a good word for me. I put in an internship application for Pixar

    2. SHUQI that’s a really specific thing for someone to lie about lmao obviously he was telling the truth

  3. All these Mexican people in the comments telling Babish how their grandmas make tamales, lol I love it.

    1. Brother he ate his tamale with a fork and spread the masa by hand he’s doing it wrong lmao also those we tiny tamales you know grandma shoves them till the burst

    2. Russ RedCloud if only you where Mexican red neck sike nah but if you where Mexican

    1. Exactly, he makes it look so easy. When in reality it’s not. I would know, I made tamales using this exact recipe and it was harder than it looked

  4. Hey, can you make some The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim food?

    Some examples are the sweet roll, boiled cream treat, baked potatoes, grilled chicken, grilled leeks etc…

    It would be cool to see a meal like that.

    Great content!

  5. Lol I read this as tamales de COCO, and was like NOPE that’s not right. I forgot there’s a cartoon called Coco and everything makes sense now!

  6. My mom puts some of the red chile into the masa so we can distinguish between the red or green tamales. And it just makes it taste really good. But I’m glad I got to see your version of tamales. They look good! 😍

  7. I’m a little disappointed you didn’t make at least 7 dozen, but I see that your mom didn’t trick you and your whole family into coming over for lunch and then placing you into a tamal assembly line.

  8. Don’t skimp out on the filling man. I hate when I get a Tamale that is like all masa and like a centimeter of filling. What is the point of having a filling if there is barely any in it. You, feel me.

    1. Rachel Frumkin yeah I ate a tamale that was like 90% masa and 10% actual meat… i was pretty disappointed lol

  9. A SINGLE TAMAL IS CALLED A TAMAL NOT A TAMALE, in Spanish, plural words have -es on the end, therefore singular is TAMAL and plural is TAMALES. spread the knowledge

    1. Punk’s Not Dead you don’t have to be Hispanic or Latino or Spanish to like tamales. Have at it!

  10. I think your next basics with babish should be pies. All the classic american pies.
    Im from Australia so we dont get many dessert pies around here.
    You could even throw in your version of a meat pie.
    It would also be good to learn how to make pie crusts from my favourite youtube chef

    You the man 😎

    1. Keagon Riley Only problem is that for best experience this should be done when each fruit is at peak of season and totally avoiding canned premade fillings… so that might be a good long-term project/video series lol. Pecan, lemon meringue, custard, and meat pies are fine year round but the best baking apples have limited autumn availability, strawberry rhubarb needs super fresh rhubarb, blueberry/blackberry/cherry pies are best with fresh picked berries, etc.

    2. as another fellow australian of i were to see babish make an authentic aussie style meat pie id die happy

    1. I grew up eating them. My grandmother taught me how to make them and now, I make them for my kids and husband.

    2. My first tamales were homemade using Alton Brown’s recipe. Easily one of my favorite foods. If youre doing to drop what youre doing to go find tamales (which I would recommend), get the best tamales you can get your hands on.

    3. Come to literally anywhere in the Mexican border region, find someone selling them on the roadside, literally always the best tamales.

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