Making pasteles is not all that easy to make -- it's definitely a process. And since it's such a tedious process, it's often made in bulk and on special occasions. Pasteles is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries. It's similar to a tamale, but instead they are made out of grated green bananas or plantains and yautia. Also, it's stuffed with various ingredients such as Spanish olives, pork, peppers, ect.