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Tamale Tuesday

January 19, 2010

Mexican food > any other kind of food.

Ever since I was a little kid, Mexican has been a favorite — maybe it’s the 1/8 Mexican blood in me! 😉 I love Greek, Lebanese, Thai, French — basically every and any international cuisine — but at the end of the day, Mexican is still numero uno.

My Houston-based aunt brought us tamales from the Texas Tamale Company for Christmas (Mexicans, who make up a big portion of Texas’ population, traditionally eat tamales on Christmas Day) and there were still a bunch left in the freezer this weekend.

I like that these taste fresh, not frozen, and were even named the “best mail-order tamale in Texas.” They’re easy to make, too, either steamed on the stove or nuked in the microwave. (A serving is two tamales.)

What’s a Mexican meal without chips and salsa? I’m in love with these veggie and flaxseed tortilla chips from my favorite store.

And this salsa — from Costco! — is one of the best jarred salsas I’ve ever tried. Really fresh-tasting with big chunks of veggies.

All together now: mmmmmmm!

After steaming for around 20 minutes, the tamales should be finished. The husks should be soft and falling away from the meat or beans inside.

Don’t eat the husks! If you bite into them, you’ll get a chewy, bland flavor. (I was once at a Thai restaurant and got a dish beautifully served in banana leaves — it took me eating one entire leaf to realize they were just for presentation! 😳 )

Oh yummy. I ate my bean tamales with a salad and a few HUGE scoops of salsa.

There are still a few more left in the freezer — can’t wait to break these out again soon!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. simone permalink
    January 19, 2010 8:56 pm


  2. January 19, 2010 10:59 pm

    Don’t slap me, but I’m not too big of a fan of Mexican food. Hee hee. I like some, but the thought of eating Mexican food doesn’t thrill me as much as the thought of digging into a French Onion soup, or a hearty wrap, or a Japanese-style pasta.

    I don’t think there is ONE ethnic cuisne that I love. I prefer fusion…like French-Japanese, or Korean-Mexican, etc. Guess I like the adventure! 🙂

    • January 20, 2010 7:23 am

      I’ve wanted to try Korean-Mexican fusion since reading about the Korean taco trucks in LA but I don’t think anything like that exists in the DC area. Nothing like kimchi to spice up a burrito… 😉

  3. January 19, 2010 11:19 pm

    LOL- I once ate an entire bowl of edamame… shells and all 🙂

    Favorite ethnic food is Mexican, of course. Well- Tex-Mex.

    • January 20, 2010 7:23 am

      Um… I’ve done that, too. 😳 Luckily, I just ate one and then realized the problem.

  4. January 20, 2010 12:25 am

    I also like a lot of different kinds of foods (thai, indian, greek, ethiopian). However – I will say this – I truly believe that besides Mexico itself – Texas most definately has the best Mexican food – another reason I love living here.

    • January 20, 2010 7:24 am

      Agreed! LA has good Mexican, too, but we don’t have anything on the East Coast to compare!

  5. January 20, 2010 9:23 am

    I love tamales and have a hard time finding them without meat – these bean ones look amazing!

    • January 21, 2010 3:16 pm

      If you live in Texas or maybe other places in the southwest, grocery stores carry this brand apparently. You can also order online — looks like it’s $74.80 for 4 dozen ($1.55 a tamale).

  6. February 10, 2010 12:11 am

    Nice keep up the good work. where can we subscribe to the sites newletter?


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