Tamales

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colt45
Junior Burger
2004/05/09 20:33:16
I'm in search for the greatest Tamale ever made!!

I cannot find a decent tamale here in AZ ( Phoenix, Prescott, or Flagstaff area).

Best I've found were Manuels in New Orleans & Alamo in Houston

Any Suggestions?
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/09/30 20:55:49
I'm surprised to hear there are no good tamale places in AZ. Who'da thunk?
I had some excellent Cuban tamales in Miami last month. Guy who made them said they do a little something different with the corn in preparation which makes them different from Mexican style and he put a garlic sauce on top and man was it good!!

carl reitz
hermitt4d
Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/10/01 21:59:20
Alamo tamales are carried by several grocery store chains here and by Sam's. Have you checked at your nearest Sam's?

They're also available by mail order:

http://www.alamotamale.com/

...and, they also make tamales under different labels so you may have some Alamo tamales in your city under a different name.

I've bought a different brand at the market here that I liked better, but I can't remember the name.
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/10/02 00:50:02
Best tamales in the world are from Pedro's Tamales in Lubbock, TX. There is no contest.

www.tamale.com for mail-order, and they're available in many southwestern supermarkets.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: Tamales 2004/10/02 02:46:22
quote:
Originally posted by carlton pierre

I'm surprised to hear there are no good tamale places in AZ. Who'da thunk?
carl reitz


He didn't say there are no good tamales in AZ. He said he couldn't find any in the Anglo part of the state--which doesn't surprise me much. I suspect he'd have better luck in Tucson or Nogales, but I can't say I've searched for them so I can't say exactly where he'd find 'em. Best I've had were probably at Casa Aguila in San Francisco, now sadly defunct, or possibly at my friend R. Hernandez's annual Christmas party (made by himself).
Donna Douglass
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/10/02 08:10:10
Hi Colt45.....try the little market in Guadalupe, which is tucked into a bit of Phoenix/Tempe....they make their own tamales and they are so very good. The market itself is very good also with great fresh produce, etc. Loved shopping there when we lived in Tempe.

Also, at Christmas time, lots of places make tamales to be sold at that time especially. They are labor intensive so really aren't readily available all the time. But the market in Guadalupe has them all the time, unless they have stopped making them in the last 4-5 years, which I doubt since it is a little Indian/Mexican town.

Donna
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 09:48:51
There's a neat little place in Knoxville, on Central Ave, called Time Warp Deli. Rather interesting decor, right out of the 50's, but with a motorcycle flair. They serve a great Full House, which is a tamale (s) in a big bowl of chile.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 09:52:49
quote:
Originally posted by carlton pierre

There's a neat little place in Knoxville, on Central Ave, called Time Warp Deli. Rather interesting decor, right out of the 50's, but with a motorcycle flair. They serve a great Full House, which is a tamale (s) in a big bowl of chile.



Where on Central Ave is this place right out of the 50's with a motorcycle flair that serves a great full house?

Thanks
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
aleswench
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 10:32:33
Does anyone know how to MAKE a great tamale? I offered to make a friend anything he wanted for his birthday - his reply - tamales [|)]. I have never made one in my life and research I did ranges from the ridiculously complicated to very unclear - again - [|)].
sizz
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 11:56:38
quote:
aleswench
Cheeseburger



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Does anyone know how to MAKE a great tamale? I offered to make a friend anything he wanted for his birthday - his reply - tamales . I have never made one in my life and research I did ranges from the ridiculously complicated to very unclear - again -


Tamales at Christmas /New Years..........wow what a wonderful treat ... but
A gringo making tamales is like an Eskimo making pierogies or a Scandinavian making egg rolls ........... it's just one of those food preparation things that is learned and then passed down from generation to generation something your Mom or Grandma would have taught you as a little child.

You just don't wake up one morning and decide to make tamales or walk across the Grand Canyon on a tight rope.

With almost half of our population being of Mexican heritage, we here in San Jose, CA are blessed with so many good tamale makers. Seams like every other house hold is making tamales. At Christmas time we have folks selling them out in the street and shopping center parking lots................
alesench...... I wish you luck. Do you think you friend would settle for a tamale pie? They are a heck of a lot easier to make............ Frank C
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 12:01:59
http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=495

This is what you want, AW.
Donna Douglass
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 12:11:50
I think someone in another thread mentioned the green chile/cheese tamales sold at Trader Joe's in the frozen case. They are very good as are the chicken/cheese tamales there also.

I love tamales and have always wanted to try to make them but I'm turned off by the very labor intensive method of making them.

Hope you find some tasty ones.

Donna
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 12:18:16
To respond to Colt .45's query, my answer would be Restaurant Mexico in
downtown Tempe, if it is as good at all as it was when I left the Valley of the Sun. Mexico City /central mexico style- wonderful. Green Corn Tamales and Enchiladas Suiza were their specialties back then, + a mean chile verde. Subtle sauces and salsas.

http://phoenix.citysearch.com/profile/1697179/tempe_az/restaurant_mexico.html?cslink=search_name_noncust&ulink=search_2_searchslot2_520__0_profile_2_1
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 12:25:39
Paul,

Time Warp Deli on Central, near the Baxter Ave as I recall. Down the street, same side of the street as Freeze-O. The guy has really fixed the place up on the inside. I'm sure you will like it.
sizz
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 12:43:51
quote:
bill voss

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=495

This is what you want, AW.


Bill. Thanks for the Tamale link. Some real great reading........... "every thing you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask"
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 13:09:38
quote:
Originally posted by carlton pierre

Paul,

Time Warp Deli on Central, near the Baxter Ave as I recall. Down the street, same side of the street as Freeze-O. The guy has really fixed the place up on the inside. I'm sure you will like it.


Carlton: Thanks for the location and I will visit due to your thoughts. It is very difficult to find a decent chili and tamale in Knoxville

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 14:13:43
You won't go wrong with Time Warp. I've always wanted to go to Mary's on Magnolia, but it's been closed or I could not find a place to park. She is supposed to be best tamale maker around these parts.
aleswench
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 14:21:31
quote:
Originally posted by fpczyz

quote:
aleswench
Cheeseburger



174 Posts
Posted - 12/16/2004 : 10:32:33
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Does anyone know how to MAKE a great tamale? I offered to make a friend anything he wanted for his birthday - his reply - tamales . I have never made one in my life and research I did ranges from the ridiculously complicated to very unclear - again -


Tamales at Christmas /New Years..........wow what a wonderful treat ... but
A gringo making tamales is like an Eskimo making pierogies or a Scandinavian making egg rolls ........... it's just one of those food preparation things that is learned and then passed down from generation to generation something your Mom or Grandma would have taught you as a little child.

You just don't wake up one morning and decide to make tamales or walk across the Grand Canyon on a tight rope.

With almost half of our population being of Mexican heritage, we here in San Jose, CA are blessed with so many good tamale makers. Seams like every other house hold is making tamales. At Christmas time we have folks selling them out in the street and shopping center parking lots................
alesench...... I wish you luck. Do you think you friend would settle for a tamale pie? They are a heck of a lot easier to make............ Frank C


Had a feeling I was way outta my league! You're right - it must be an art. I'm looking at the other links posted too though - I might give it a shot. The guy I'd make them for isn't exactly James Beard -maybe I can "fool" him into thinking they are actually good You're so lucky to live where you live and all that great food!
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 14:22:18
Looks like somebody needs to start another thread about Tamales soon.
aleswench
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 14:26:55
UHHHHHH just read EliseT's recipe on the other tamale thread - Holy Moses - won't be making them from scratch anytime soon - sounds awesome, but I think it would take me an entire day to do them! Mail order.....that's the way to go!
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 14:29:55
I agree, they are SO much work and effort I can't see myself doing it. I stick with things that are easy and let others do the hard work, like tamales.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 15:36:43
quote:
Originally posted by carlton pierre

You won't go wrong with Time Warp. I've always wanted to go to Mary's on Magnolia, but it's been closed or I could not find a place to park. She is supposed to be best tamale maker around these parts.


OK, where is Mary's on Magnolia at?

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 16:11:18
Our tamale lady comes around to our office every Friday. She pushes her baby in a buggy with the tamales piled on top. She doesn't speak any English, and our Spanish is less than fluent, so sometimes our communications are a little garbled.

She only makes chicken - 6.00 a dozen, every Friday like clockwork. We bought a little teddy bear to give to her tomorrow. Para el bebe de Papa Noel.

Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 16:13:49
Originally posted by Lone Star

Our tamale lady comes around to our office every Friday. She pushes her baby in a buggy with the tamales piled on top. She doesn't speak any English, and our Spanish is less than fluent, so sometimes our communications are a little garbled.

She only makes chicken - 6.00 a dozen, every Friday like clockwork. We bought a little teddy bear to give to her tomorrow. Para el bebe do Papa Noel.

I sincerely wish we had a tamale lady in Knoxville. It will not happen. We have no such luxury around this part of the hills.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 16:45:10
Paul, there are a lot of latina ladies here that peddle their tamales. The lucky ones get a regular route, kind of like a milk man, and some are a relative of someone you work with who will make them when they need extra money and will take orders.

I even bought a dozen one year at Christmas time from a lady selling them outside of Neiman-Marcus at the Galleria.

You would think people would hesitate about buying food from perfect strangers, but everybody does it, especially on Fridays. I have never had a bad tamale or been made ill.

It is a good source of some income for these ladies and their families. Kind of like "egg money" in the old days.
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 16:46:52
quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

Originally posted by Lone Star

Our tamale lady comes around to our office every Friday. She pushes her baby in a buggy with the tamales piled on top. She doesn't speak any English, and our Spanish is less than fluent, so sometimes our communications are a little garbled.

She only makes chicken - 6.00 a dozen, every Friday like clockwork. We bought a little teddy bear to give to her tomorrow. Para el bebe do Papa Noel.

I sincerely wish we had a tamale lady in Knoxville. It will not happen. We have no such luxury around this part of the hills.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN


I see an idea for Red for a start up business!
chezkatie
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 17:38:58
quote:
Originally posted by Lone Star

quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

Originally posted by Lone Star

Our tamale lady comes around to our office every Friday. She pushes her baby in a buggy with the tamales piled on top. She doesn't speak any English, and our Spanish is less than fluent, so sometimes our communications are a little garbled.

She only makes chicken - 6.00 a dozen, every Friday like clockwork. We bought a little teddy bear to give to her tomorrow. Para el bebe do Papa Noel.

I sincerely wish we had a tamale lady in Knoxville. It will not happen. We have no such luxury around this part of the hills.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN


I see an idea for Red for a start up business!


But, (big qestion) where is Red gonna get the baby for the baby carriage?????
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/16 17:43:38
Oops! Did not think of that... isn't she kind of a strumpet anyway??
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/17 11:21:21
The tamale lady just came, and she made "puerco", pork tamales this time too! I bought two dozen of each. She is such a nice lady, and between our concerted efforts, we always manage to have a little conversation.
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Tamales 2004/12/17 11:41:47
quote:
Originally posted by Lone Star

The tamale lady just came, and she made "puerco", pork tamales this time too! I bought two dozen of each. She is such a nice lady, and between our concerted efforts, we always manage to have a little conversation.


Im jealous---oh i can get tamales---but SIX DOLLARS A DOZEN!!!!! Im paying Ten---but i must admit---they are worth every dime of it and nice big ones too!!!
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/17 12:13:42
disclaimer: I know redtressed is not really a strumpet. I was teasing her from a reference she made on another thread.
redtressed
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/17 14:16:33
quote:
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger



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Oops! Did not think of that... isn't she kind of a strumpet anyway??



TRUMPET DAMN IT....TRUMPET!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(quit apologizing, it was something I would of said and you know it)
redtressed
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/17 14:18:49
quote:
chezkatie
Double Chili Cheeseburger



1090 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2004 : 17:38:58
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quote:
Originally posted by Lone Star


quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

Originally posted by Lone Star

Our tamale lady comes around to our office every Friday. She pushes her baby in a buggy with the tamales piled on top. She doesn't speak any English, and our Spanish is less than fluent, so sometimes our communications are a little garbled.

She only makes chicken - 6.00 a dozen, every Friday like clockwork. We bought a little teddy bear to give to her tomorrow. Para el bebe do Papa Noel.

I sincerely wish we had a tamale lady in Knoxville. It will not happen. We have no such luxury around this part of the hills.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN



I see an idea for Red for a start up business!



But, (big qestion) where is Red gonna get the baby for the baby carriage?????



Maybe if I-95 quits shirkin' on his job, we can address that quandary.
Donna Douglass
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/31 14:25:26
Back to the subject of tamales.....we have new neighbors, a darling couple who are Hispanic and have their own tortilla factory here in our immediate vicinity. I just bought two dozen of the freshest, just-out-of-the-steamer tamales one could ask for. They don't make them but they have a friend who does and I ordered two dozen, chicken and cheese, for New Years. Ten dollars a dozen and well worth it though I haven't tasted one yet. They smell out of this world.

When we lived in Arizona, tamales freshly made at Christmastime sold for up to $25 a dozen and those were usually made in a restaurant kitchen, maybe not as authentic as those lovingly made by hand.

My husband ate one and gave it a rating of AAA....gave one dozen to a daughter-in-law and she was happy as could be to get them. Aren't we lucky to have someone nearby who has a contact who makes them? Now I figure I can also buy really fresh tortillas from our neighbor and that will be a treat also.

Had to share news of this good fortune with all of you who love all things Mexican.

Donna
redtressed
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2004/12/31 14:43:44
Donna.......may I move in by you.........maybe in with you?.......YUM!
EliseT
Filet Mignon
RE: Tamales 2005/03/24 16:30:45
quote:
Originally posted by aleswench

UHHHHHH just read EliseT's recipe on the other tamale thread - Holy Moses - won't be making them from scratch anytime soon - sounds awesome, but I think it would take me an entire day to do them! Mail order.....that's the way to go!


Actually, it takes two days! But it is an annual ritual, and everyone looks forward to the tamale party every year. I have more help than I ever need.
chezkatie
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2005/03/24 16:36:27
quote:
Originally posted by Lone Star

disclaimer: I know redtressed is not really a strumpet. I was teasing her from a reference she made on another thread.




Hello??? I think I know her better than you. We are the top strumpets on thee forums[:o) Right, Red?
comissaryqueen
Junior Burger
RE: Tamales 2005/03/29 16:14:15
Living in AZ 6 mos. a year I know many people who make their own especially at Xmas. Make sure it has an olive in the middle for luck.
I really liked the mushroom tamales.
mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: Tamales 2005/04/02 02:09:53
Trudy and I are very lucky. My son met a woman selling tamales while hwas visitting a friend. e had the presence of mind to tell te ;person he thought his parents would be interested. We buy 10-20 frest tamales once or twice a month. They are heavenly.
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2005/04/02 08:23:02
My wife and I had great Cuban tamales last night at Alex's Havana Cafe in Knoxville. The rest of the diner was excellent as well. I wish I coulkd tell what it was, but there is something different about the cuban tamales that a regular tamale.
Joleen
Junior Burger
RE: Tamales 2005/04/26 00:57:18
quote:
Originally posted by Donna Douglass

Hi Colt45.....try the little market in Guadalupe, which is tucked into a bit of Phoenix/Tempe....they make their own tamales and they are so very good. The market itself is very good also with great fresh produce, etc. Loved shopping there when we lived in Tempe.

Also, at Christmas time, lots of places make tamales to be sold at that time especially. They are labor intensive so really aren't readily available all the time. But the market in Guadalupe has them all the time, unless they have stopped making them in the last 4-5 years, which I doubt since it is a little Indian/Mexican town.


Donna




Hi Donna,

sorry, i know this is an old thread, but do you know the name of the Mexican Market in Guadalupe that has the good tamales? I cant seem to find any info on it. My sister lives in Tempe and we are throwing our mom a huge birthday bash where we would love to serve tamales.
BT
Filet Mignon
RE: Tamales 2005/04/26 03:26:28
quote:
Originally posted by Joleen

quote:
Originally posted by Donna Douglass

Hi Colt45.....try the little market in Guadalupe, which is tucked into a bit of Phoenix/Tempe....they make their own tamales and they are so very good. The market itself is very good also with great fresh produce, etc. Loved shopping there when we lived in Tempe.

Also, at Christmas time, lots of places make tamales to be sold at that time especially. They are labor intensive so really aren't readily available all the time. But the market in Guadalupe has them all the time, unless they have stopped making them in the last 4-5 years, which I doubt since it is a little Indian/Mexican town.


Donna




Hi Donna,

sorry, i know this is an old thread, but do you know the name of the Mexican Market in Guadalupe that has the good tamales? I cant seem to find any info on it. My sister lives in Tempe and we are throwing our mom a huge birthday bash where we would love to serve tamales.


I've never been to Guadalupe and I don't know anything about it, but in case no one else tries to help you I checked their web site at: http://www.kyrene.k12.az.us/schools/waggoner/guad/Shopping.htm and found the following: "Guadalupe has brought all the unique goods of Mexico together in a place that's just next door. Along Avenida Del Yaqui street you will discover roadside fruit stands, numerous specialty shops, and one of the only authentic Mexican bakeries in the Valley . . . . Here is a list of places you can visit to shop or eat in Guadalupe:
• Farmer's Market
• Guadalupe Market
• The Mercado
• Circle B
• Mission Market
• San Diego Bay
• Felitos
• The Bakery
• The Waffle House
• Carl's Jr.
• Jack in the Box
• Shoneys
• Freeway Cafe"

So it sounds like there's only one main shopping street and the market with tamales can only be one of a couple of places: Mission Market, Guadalupe Market, The Mercado or possibly The Bakery.
Donna Douglass
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2005/04/26 06:54:23
As best I can remember, it is the Farmer's Market, or Guadalupe Market....It is where there is a huge roaster for chiles out in front. They roast their own chiles daily. Great produce, both veggies and fruits, plus lots of other goodies too numerous to mention. Guadalupe is a wonderfully interesting place in which to shop.

Good luck and I hope the ladies are still making those wonderful tamales.

Donna
sauceman
Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2005/04/26 08:43:26
For Paul and Carlton in particular:

Follow this link and you'll find a Public Radio interview I did with Clara Robinson, owner of Mary's Hot Tamales in Knoxville. Clara did a wonderful job. This aired on "Inside Appalachia," an hourlong program produced weekly by West Virginia Public Broadcasting. It's carried on stations throughout Appalachia. There's a cut from Mary in the opening billboard, and the actual story begins around 22:26.

Fred Sauceman
http://www.wvpubcast.org/radio/insideapp/default.asp
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Tamales 2005/04/26 09:35:35
quote:
Originally posted by sauceman

For Paul and Carlton in particular:

Follow this link and you'll find a Public Radio interview I did with Clara Robinson, owner of Mary's Hot Tamales in Knoxville. Clara did a wonderful job. This aired on "Inside Appalachia," an hourlong program produced weekly by West Virginia Public Broadcasting. It's carried on stations throughout Appalachia. There's a cut from Mary in the opening billboard, and the actual story begins around 22:26.

Fred Sauceman
http://www.wvpubcast.org/radio/insideapp/default.asp




Fred, I went to the site and it looks interesting. I found your name and it took me elsewhere. I could not find your interview/story.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
sauceman
Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2005/04/26 10:05:08
It's there. I just checked it. Click where it says to listen to the program.

Fred Sauceman
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Tamales 2005/04/26 10:36:32
quote:
Originally posted by sauceman

It's there. I just checked it. Click where it says to listen to the program.

Fred Sauceman


I clicked where it said listen to the program but I could not find you. Sorry

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Rick F.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2005/04/26 11:27:13
[url='http://www.belluescajuncuisine.com/']Bellue's[/url] in Baton Rouge, LA has a nice version. Also [url='http://www.doeseatplace.net/menu.html']Doe's[/url] in Little Rock, though I don't know whether they ship. And the [url='http://www.lacrawfish.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=ZT&Category_Code=CM']Louisiana Crawfish Company[/url] offers the locally (at least) famous Zwolle Tamale as well as a few other delicacies.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Tamales 2005/04/26 13:38:25
quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

quote:
Originally posted by sauceman

It's there. I just checked it. Click where it says to listen to the program.

Fred Sauceman


I clicked where it said listen to the program but I could not find you. Sorry

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN



Fred, I finally got it and I heard the total interview and you were great as usual. I cannot wait to purchase tamales from this great example of east Tennessee food from western Missippi roots.

Thanks to you for your usual great skills. You interview wonderfuly.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Tenaya
Junior Burger
RE: Tamales 2006/02/18 15:05:02
Have you tried Phoenix Ranch Market? A bunch of Mexican supermarkets in the Phoenix area. Great take-out, juices etc.
Sus
ernest_fl
Junior Burger
RE: Tamales 2006/06/29 20:52:00
My darling wife was born and raised in Tucson, AZ, and is hispanic. She is an excellent cook, and her specialty is Mexican food, Sonora variety. She makes wonderful tamales including the green corn type. I guess I'm spoiled. We've been married for over 56 years now, and I am so biased it is shameful. She makes tamales every Christmas which carries over into the New Year also. Living in the South, we have both Mexican, and traditional Southern-style food like black-eyed peas and hog jowl with cracklin' cornbread, etc. I have the best of both worlds, so to speak. :)) My wife's parents are from Mexico, her father from the Santa Rosalia (Baja) area, and her mother from southern Mexico and the Yucatan (Mayan). She picked up on cooking naturally, and I rate her as a gourmet chef.

Of course we always have whole roast turkey because I'm a turkey freak. Cornbread dressing with oysters. Sometimes we will have turkey mole also, another big favorite.

I enjoy tamales most when accompanied by a tangy red chili sauce, made preferably from ground-up dried chilies from New Mexico. Frijoles alongside laced with jalapeno. The Spanish rice is good. Guacamole salad rounds it out. Flan for desert with hot black Mexican coffee. Whew! – easy to work up an appetite just talking about it! :))
PapaJoe8
Sirloin
RE: Tamales 2006/06/29 22:03:50
Man are yall makin me hungry! I love a geat tamale!! The homemaid ones made by a Mexican person who knows what they are doing are the best. But, I have had some south american tamales wraped in banana leaves the were great also.
Joe
WVHillbilly
Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2006/06/29 22:44:59
"I enjoy tamales most when accompanied by a tangy red chili sauce, made preferably from ground-up dried chilies from New Mexico. Frijoles alongside laced with jalapeno. The Spanish rice is good. Guacamole salad rounds it out. Flan for desert with hot black Mexican coffee. Whew! – easy to work up an appetite just talking about it! :))"

Whoa! Talk about teasing!

I learned how to make tamales from an ex-girl friend who is Mexican and her mother.
It's not really THAT hard and doesn't take THAT long. I make them the evening before our Christmas eve feast.
The trick is to keep them moist.
PapaJoe8
Sirloin
RE: Tamales 2006/06/29 22:49:22
WV, U tha man! Sounds like a great Christmas eve!
Joe
WVHillbilly
Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2006/06/29 23:30:51
quote:
Originally posted by PapaJoe8

WV, U tha man! Sounds like a great Christmas eve!
Joe


Joe, Some of the best tamales I ever had were wrapped in banana leaves in Southern Mexico. . . of course, they had to serve them with that obnoxious strong Oaxacan chocolate mole.
Mix chicken with chocolate and it just smells like the chicken coup to me.
cornfed
Cheeseburger
RE: Tamales 2006/06/30 01:49:09
The best tamale i ever has was at Las Quatro Milpas in the barrio logan section of San Diego. I'm really interested to know if anyone else on this site has tried this place. It's this amazing hole-in-the-wall that can't be beat. Hugely popular around here. They have a sign that says, "Tamales are not for resale." You know they're good.
HankNBugsy
Hamburger
RE: Tamales 2006/07/03 15:19:17
Ruben's Homemade Tamales
1807 Rigsby Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78210
(210) 333-9529
During the holiday season you'd better get there before dawn unless you plan on standing line for a few hours! There are a group of grandmas in the back room who look like they've been cooking together since they were ten.

I don't know if Ruben's ships tamales, but if they don't, you can also try Delicious Tamales No 1,2114 Castroville Road, San Antonio, TX 78237
(210) 434-8861 and I'm pretty sure they do ship them.
PapaJoe8
Sirloin
RE: Tamales 2006/07/03 15:47:02
Ok, this brings up the question, who does ship a great Tamale???
If you google there are lots of places that sell and ship them, but does anyone know what is really good and worth having shipped?
Joe
HankNBugsy
Hamburger
RE: Tamales 2006/07/03 16:40:31
Papa joe,

I just called Ruben's to check, and they do not ship their tamales - but mark them down to pick up on your next road trip south.

However, I spoke to Lopez at Delicious Tamales and they do ship theirs. $4.99 per dozen plus shipping and they ship either UPS or FedEx, whichever you prefer. For reference in calculating the shipping cost, a 12x12x12 box holds ten dozen tamales and will weigh about 17 lbs.

Ruben's and Delicious are staples of the San Antonio diet (part of why we're one of the fattest cities LOL!) so I'd recommend ordering from Delicious before tempting fate with an online vendor.
PapaJoe8
Sirloin
RE: Tamales 2006/07/03 16:59:20
Thanks so much HankNBugsy! Now to order.... or maybe a good reason for a roadtrip! As if there is a bad reason to go to San Antonio. I lived there for a few years as a kid and always love going back. Always a great time! And now I know where to get some great tamales.
Joe
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