Tamale is a traditional Mesoamerican dish made of masa (a starchy dough, usually corn-based), which is steamed in a cornhusk or banana leaf. The wrapping is discarded before eating. Tamales can be filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables or chilies. Tamale is derived from the word tamalii from the Nahuatl language spoken by the Aztecs. The word means “wrapped food”.