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2012-12-25 08:22:58 AM  
8 votes:
How the hell does one NOT like tamales???

Some of you farkers take the whole contrarian too damned far.
2012-12-25 03:20:55 AM  
5 votes:

Lorelle: DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause

Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.


Never seen them myself. But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.
I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.
Give em a try, you may spend an uncomfortable night in the bathroom here an there, doubt you'll die, but you may be happily suprised.
2012-12-25 06:12:54 AM  
4 votes:

DownDaRiver: I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.


So very true.  Also, if the place if full of Mexicans, you know they have good Mexican food.
2012-12-25 09:34:56 AM  
3 votes:
Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?
2012-12-25 08:34:49 AM  
3 votes:
I made Chiles en Nogada (Chilies in Walnut Sauce) mostly because of the Christmasy colors. A lot of work, but good. Also made a beef tedenderloin for a more traditional fare with usual sides, desserts, etc.
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2012-12-25 05:09:19 AM  
3 votes:
Subby sounds Caucasian.
2012-12-25 02:32:54 AM  
3 votes:
For Christmas, Central and Mexican-American families don't crave a holiday turkey; they want a plate of steaming hot tamales.

'Tis true. We also like tortas. My familiy prefers bolillos (rolls) stuffed with beef, chicken, or pork.

/finished shredding 10 lbs. of chuck roast for Xmas dinner about an hour ago
//making tamales is a biiiig job...Older Brother is buying them this year
2012-12-25 02:01:01 AM  
3 votes:

Elvis_Bogart: Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list.  I just don't like the damn things.


Then you haven't tried enough authentic Mexican food. At least tamales are normal ingredients, just poorly arranged.
2012-12-25 09:45:40 AM  
2 votes:

equusdc: Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?


What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:

upload.wikimedia.org

God jul, alle sammen.

/had ribbe yesterday
//just finished a serving of julekake with sausage and home-made mustard sauce
2012-12-25 08:50:47 AM  
2 votes:

Lorelle: DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause

Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.


Use good judgement and you'll always be safe. If they're cooking food in a galvanized container (which I've seen), stay the HELL away! If they're someone whose well established and keeps a clean work area, there is no harm in giving them a try. Although somehow I'd wager that if there was a Twitter account written with some flashy graphics on the side of the very same carts that you slam, you wouldn't stop yapping and babbling on and on like some deprived hipster about how great they are. I just love how everyone used to call taco trucks "Roach Coach" or "Maggot Wagon". But as soon as suburbanite folks suddenly saw that the Food Network was endorsing them, they suddenly became OK to eat out of.

I guess that a Twitter account means the difference between " Random Dirty Messican peddling unsafe food in a parking lot with", and "Artisan Crafted Food Cart appearing in a prime location."

I'd rather eat out of a Mexican food cart or truck than any pot luck you could put together.

Speaking of tamales, if you can't get freshly made ones, these will always do...

www.yummy.com
2012-12-25 08:38:50 AM  
2 votes:
Tamales are delicious. So are:

mundochapin.com
Chuchitos

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Paches
2012-12-25 06:51:22 AM  
2 votes:
And menudo @ christmas. That's some good stew. (hold the tripe)
2012-12-25 06:48:16 AM  
2 votes:
We'll be having tamales and eggs in a very short while.   Subby has no idea what he's missing.
2012-12-25 03:30:54 AM  
2 votes:

DownDaRiver: But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.


same here. They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.
2012-12-25 01:46:06 AM  
2 votes:
Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list.  I just don't like the damn things.
2012-12-25 03:36:59 PM  
1 votes:
I was about to go all WHAT THE FARK IS WRONG WITH YOU on all of the people in this thread that not only don't already know this, but actually profess that they don't like tamales. Then I remembered that a lot of you maybe didn't grow up in the west or southwest.

Here's the thing about tamales: they are really, really hard to get right. They are my favorite Mexican food, and I've never really liked any tamal I've ever had from a restaurant. As in, legitimate taquerias that do killer al pastor and serve pozole on weekends somehow make middling-to-poor tamales, in my experience thus far.

The abuelita in the parking lot of the supermercado, or going door to door with a Rubbermaid, on the other hand? The ones where you pay a few bucks for a foil-wrapped pack, and sit down to play a game of Russian Roulette with the god of gastroenteritis? Those are absolutely the ones you want to try.
2012-12-25 03:18:56 PM  
1 votes:

TuteTibiImperes: I love tamales, but to me it's all about the salsa.  A place I used to go to in DE had amazing Tamale sauce, and they'd serve up a dozen tamales for about $10.  I'd get together with some buddies and we'd order a bunch of tamales and beer for a cheap but great dinner.  The sauce they had was red, served warm, smooth, and on the thinner side, with just a little bit of spice-heat but a really full meaty flavor.

Down here in FL most places seem to serve tamales with either a green tomatillo sauce or a red sauce that's very dark, between burgundy and black, and usually cool, and rather bitter.  It's good, but I miss that other type of sauce.


Like a mole' sauce?
2012-12-25 02:33:41 PM  
1 votes:

"Hallo, my fine fellow!"

"Hallo!" returned the boy.

"Do you know the Tamalero's, in the next street but one, at the corner?" Scrooge inquired.

"I should hope I did," replied the lad.

"An intelligent boy!" said Scrooge. "A remarkable boy! Do you know whether they"ve sold the prize Tamale that was hanging up there -- Not the little prize Tamale: the big one?"

"What, the one as big as me?" returned the boy.

"What a delightful boy!" said Scrooge. "It's a pleasure to talk to him. Yes, my buck."

"It's hanging there now," replied the boy.

"Is it?" said Scrooge. "Go and buy it."

Because nothing says "traditional Victorian holiday" quite like tamales.
2012-12-25 02:23:43 PM  
1 votes:

Lorelle: I NEVER buy tamales from them.


Tamales are easily reheated without damage; if you're worried about them just nuke them when you get home to get them up to a safe temperature.
2012-12-25 01:33:06 PM  
1 votes:

TV's Vinnie: log_jammin: DownDaRiver: But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.

same here. They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.

And they would have a more permanent location if their food didn't poison people.

Mexican food makes people shiat geysers even if it IS safe! Imagine what the unsafe stuff would do to your guts.


Yawn.

Tamales not a Christmas thing for me (pierogi aka another filling focused ethnic food that takes forever to make but still totally worth it).

But they had some extra from holiday orders at the place down the street from me. It's *always* hit or miss if they have any prepared - usually miss - and I don't know if they brought in extra grandma help for holiday rush but they were *divine*.

/done with Christmas by midnight mass
//chilling
2012-12-25 01:24:50 PM  
1 votes:

Bonzo_1116: Uncle Tractor: equusdc: Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?

What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:

God jul, alle sammen.

/had ribbe yesterday
//just finished a serving of julekake with sausage and home-made mustard sauce

What in the hell is the purple toothy thing to the left of the lutefisk? It looks like deflated Martian heads.


Those are the heads of the people who actually ATE the lutefisk.
2012-12-25 01:19:33 PM  
1 votes:
Anyone up for a delicious guajolota?

i.imgur.com

Accompanied with hot champurrado, of course... :9

/Hay tamales...
2012-12-25 12:51:12 PM  
1 votes:
Green?!? Golly gee.

DownDaRiver: Never seen them myself. But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.
I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.
Give em a try, you may spend an uncomfortable night in the bathroom here an there, doubt you'll die, but you may be happily suprised.


Nah. I'd rather go to one of those ubiquitous hole-in-the-wall places that has a sign with a large "A" prominently displayed in the window (if you're in SoCal, try La Mascota or Liliana's in Este Los. Crappy neighborhood that you definitely don't want to be in at night, but oh-so-awesome tamales).

Smackledorfer: PreMortem: And menudo @ christmas. That's some good stew. (hold the tripe)

No tripe means it isn't menudo.

Menudo is gross. Tripitas in a taco, however, melt in your mouth.


I love menudo, but sheets of raw tripe gross me out. Yuck.
2012-12-25 12:48:49 PM  
1 votes:

jakrabit: Tamales were a Christmas staple when I was a kid (30 years ago). I don't think anything has changed.

Couple years ago I ordered 2 pounds from a coworker who makes them to order for the holidays. Was very disappointed. They used GRITS! Should have sampled.

/Don't get me wrong, I love grits, just not in a tamale.


That's how they make 'em in central America. The sacrilege is when they wrap the with banana leaves like in Puerto Rico.
2012-12-25 12:47:43 PM  
1 votes:

Turbo Cojones: CreamFilling: Elvis_Bogart: Out of all the Mexican food out there, the tamale is at the bottom of my list.  I just don't like the damn things.

Then you haven't tried enough authentic Mexican food. At least tamales are normal ingredients, just poorly arranged.

Agreed, tamales come in more styles than you can shake a stick at: mole, dulce, pollo, salsa verde, puerco, de res it's like the freaking shrimp in the Forrest Gump movie.

Unfortunately it's damn difficult to find real Mexican food unless there are a bunch of real Mexicans around since it is a very labor-intensive process and whitey and cholo can't get off the couch long enough to grind away with the molcajete all day long.


Sad but true. But when grandma comes around, watch out! She will blow you away with goodness...and for the record, listen to her and WRITE DOWN THE RECIPE!!! My grandmother made the best sausage ever and now it's gone because as a kid I thought cooking was 'for ladies'....
2012-12-25 12:38:33 PM  
1 votes:

Uncle Tractor: Molavian: tweek46420: Anderson's Pooper:
college. I could live on just brats and tamales the rest of my life if it meant never being in the same room as lutefisk again.

yeah....lutefisk is terrible

Lutefisk thread!

/vomits

I honestly do not understand why some people hate lutefisk so much. Oh well.


have you actually had lutefisk
2012-12-25 11:56:36 AM  
1 votes:
It's pretty understood here in my neck of the woods that if someone who can barely speak English comes in to your place of work and offers you some Tamales, you damn well buy them. They are delicious.
2012-12-25 11:27:43 AM  
1 votes:
Also, Praise Alvis!

fc05.deviantart.net

"Now drink with me deeply of the bourbon, scotch, and rye, until such time as we are fighting drunk. Then we shall find, and beat the asses of, the non-believers who ruined my feast!"
2012-12-25 10:54:11 AM  
1 votes:
Tamales have been a traditional winter meal for hundreds of years in the Southwest. In this area, there were not only Mexicans eating tamales (these states used to be part of Mexico), but many Southwestern Indian tribes also make their own versions.
2012-12-25 10:36:59 AM  
1 votes:
I'm tempted to start making the Reddit Easy Carnitas a thing for Christmas.
2012-12-25 10:27:46 AM  
1 votes:

StrikitRich: Dammit, now I want some tamales. Wonder what a Christmas ham tamale would be like.


Like ham and  grits, wrapped in corn husks and steamed? Just a guess. I have made baked cheesy grits with ham before and it was nommylicious.
2012-12-25 10:14:33 AM  
1 votes:

Anderson's Pooper: Uncle Tractor: What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:

I have had both real tamales (TX), real bratwurst (WI) and real lutefisk (MN) while on choir tours in college. I could live on just brats and tamales the rest of my life if it meant never being in the same room as lutefisk again.


yeah....lutefisk is terrible
2012-12-25 10:12:28 AM  
1 votes:
I"m whiter than white; grew up on the west side of Denver and tamales have been part of Christmas for as long as I can remember. Again, get them from some abuelita pulling a cart. It's the only way to buy them.
2012-12-25 09:57:10 AM  
1 votes:

Uncle Tractor: What a christmas staple might look like in my corner of the world:


I have had both real tamales (TX), real bratwurst (WI) and real lutefisk (MN) while on choir tours in college. I could live on just brats and tamales the rest of my life if it meant never being in the same room as lutefisk again.
2012-12-25 09:42:54 AM  
1 votes:
Last night we (my huge Chinese family) had a Christmas dinner of tamales, green chile, posole, chile relleno, and beans & rice. Subby's a fool.

/I sound fat
2012-12-25 09:40:01 AM  
1 votes:

equusdc: Uh, tamales Pretty much ARE a Christmas staple you whitebread gringo. Where the hell are you from? Fargo or Moorehead? Both?


Never had a tamale for christmas, and I live in New York. Perhaps US culture doesn't revolve around whatever backwater county you're from?

/not subby
2012-12-25 09:38:45 AM  
1 votes:

NOVanHelsing: log_jammin: They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.

AMEN!

/we don't need no regulation...
//No, really.  This is why onerous regulation is bad...


Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it:

upload.wikimedia.org
2012-12-25 09:23:53 AM  
1 votes:

The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: Tamales über alles.


As a full blooded German who made tamales with his mostly German wife on Thursday, I approve of this post.
2012-12-25 09:22:50 AM  
1 votes:
Mmmmm tamales! You will be hard pressed to find better tamales than Luna's here in Dallas. I used to work with a Luna family member and he would bring a couple of boxes in for everybody. There wasn't even a scrap left after 20min.
2012-12-25 09:10:45 AM  
1 votes:
Why hasn't anyone posted a pic of the book 'Too Many Tamales'? I read that Christmas story in grade school.
2012-12-25 08:59:25 AM  
1 votes:
Only in the author's diseased, asshole mind it is.

Everyone else is having turkey & ham.
2012-12-25 08:52:44 AM  
1 votes:

XplodedSynapses: My grandmother is 92 and still makes the best goddamn tamales in all of Ohio. She can't keep up with the demand for them any longer, especially since there's so much work involved to make them, but she still makes them for our Christmas feast.

/No bullshiat. Everyone who has tried one wanted more.
//She doesn't make them like the fellow in TFA. They're not supposed to blister one's mouth.
///They're just motherfarking awesome.
//Slashies rule.
/Happy HoHo day everyone. i am going to smash on some Tamales!


My wife worked with this Mexican woman who used to make huge batches with her family (it was a thing with them) and she'd give the wife a bunch to take home for me. Those were the best thing. chicken and pork deliciousness from heaven.
2012-12-25 08:41:25 AM  
1 votes:
Remember: real tamales don't' come from a can people!!! Just have to have a good one to know what you're missing :)
2012-12-25 08:39:45 AM  
1 votes:
I first had Tamales about 10 years ago when visiting a friend whose family is from south Texas. They were amazing and one of the most delicious foods ever! Each year, that is what I wanted (and a honeybaked ham) for Christmas. This year I just got the ham.
2012-12-25 08:28:59 AM  
1 votes:

PreMortem: And menudo @ christmas. That's some good stew. (hold the tripe)


No tripe means it isn't menudo.

Menudo is gross. Tripitas in a taco, however, melt in your mouth.
2012-12-25 08:28:16 AM  
1 votes:
Tasty mush in husks? Yeah, I can dig them, but not to the point of OMG TAMALES.
2012-12-25 08:28:08 AM  
1 votes:
I'm doing baked spaghetti for XMas dinner, at the request of the Baroness. Was going to smoke a turkey, but forgot to take it out to defrost in time.

/mmmmm, spaghetti
2012-12-25 08:27:47 AM  
1 votes:

log_jammin: DownDaRiver: But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.

same here. They wouldn't get repeat business if they were making their customers sick.


Me too. If buy tamales and breakfast burritos in parking lots when I lived in AZ and NM. Never had a bad experience.

Must be my iron constitution.
2012-12-25 08:24:30 AM  
1 votes:
I can see it. Tamales are great. Beats the sh*t out of turkey.
2012-12-25 08:16:46 AM  
1 votes:
We always have mexican food on xmas eve and listen to loud mariachi music. I ate cheese and chili tamales last night and they were so good!
2012-12-25 07:02:12 AM  
1 votes:

ReapTheChaos: DownDaRiver: I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.

So very true.  Also, if the place if full of Mexicans, you know they have good Mexican food.


So pretty much any restaurant kitchen then?

/health inspector for 6+ years
2012-12-25 05:31:15 AM  
1 votes:

DownDaRiver: Lorelle: DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause

Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.

Never seen them myself. But if I saw others, especially mexicans, buying from them. I would certianly try them.
I have always, mostly always, found that its the small hole-in the-wall places have the best, most authentic foods. Goes for the carts and trucks to.
Give em a try, you may spend an uncomfortable night in the bathroom here an there, doubt you'll die, but you may be happily suprised.


What's a little bloody diarrhea when there's the potential for a tasty morsel?
2012-12-25 02:51:22 AM  
1 votes:

DownDaRiver: [i877.photobucket.com image 491x373]

Señore Clause


Those people hang out in grocery store parking lots in Messican neighborhoods (I was approched by one this afternoon). I NEVER buy tamales from them. Not safe.
 
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