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The History of Tamales

tamaleBy Katie Warner

Tamales can be traced back to as early as 7000 B.C. in Pre-Columbian history, when the Aztec women were taken along in battle as cooks for the army. There was a need to have a more portable yet sustainable food and the tamales could be made ahead of time, packed and warmed as needed.

Originally, the tamales were cooked by burying them in hot ashes, which made them crispy and brown. However, as time progressed, the Aztecs began to implement new methods for cooking, learned from the Spanish conquistadors. At which point, steaming the tamales in underground pits or in uncovered pots became the practice. When steaming the tamales, the Aztecs believed that the tamal sticking to the bottom of the pot was a sign of good luck, and would protect them of the dangers on the battleground.   Continue reading

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Tamales at La Popular Feed the Community (And They Want To Give You 10 Dozen Free!)

by Steven Doyle    photos by Robert Bostick

Today we visit with the absolute giants in the tamale industry, La Popular. The Tamale House has gained a reputation for not only making quality tamales year round, but also takes pride in giving back to the community as we will find out with this Q&A with both Jesse Moreno Sr. and Jr. at La Popular.

La Popular is one of the most respected tamale makers in Dallas and for a good reason. The tamale continually makes the top of any best tamale list since they opened in 1984. There are currently two locations for La Popular, one in the Lakewood area and the other in Shed #1 at the Dallas Farmers Market. You ma pick up fresh, hot tamales for the holidays at either location, even on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

Jump to join the conversation with the Moreno family.   Continue reading

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Win This: Tamales From Urban Taco

Urban-Taco-Tamalesby Steven Doyle

Urban Taco loves to make tamales and as we previously reported they have a new version for the twelve days of Christmas.

This special menu of daily changing seasonal hand-made tamales is available December 13-24, 2012.  Guests can order the daily selection during lunch or dinner as a tamale trio plate with black beans and roasted corn con crema for $9.75.  In addition to enjoying the tamales at the restaurant, place an order for any variety of tamale to go with 24-hours’ notice, with a minimum order of one dozen for $24.   Continue reading

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Win This: La Popular Tamale House

tamaleby Steven Doyle

La Popular Tamale House located in the Lakewood area and also in Shed 2 at the Dallas Farmers Market has long been praised on craveDFW as one of the best tamales in Dallas. The family owned business opened in 1984 and has been a valued part of the community since. The restaurant is operated by the father and son tag team Jesse Sr. and Jesse Jr. Moreno who both spend time making tamales and giving back to the community through their valued contributions to the city.       Continue reading

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Urban Taco Celebrates Twelve Days of Tamales

by Steven Doyle

You know each year we love on the almighty tamale and 2012 will certainly be no different. Please be sure to send us your favorites so we might taste and report on all of the very best tamales this year.

The first strike this tamale season is from Urban Taco who each year makes a delicious new tamale daily leading up to Christmas in what they call the Twelve Days of Tamales. We have the list of the dozen they have scheduled for this year and think you will agree it may very well be worth a daily visit.     Continue reading

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Terlingua Is A Spicy Party In The Texas Desert

by Steven Doyle

It’s the right of passage for seasons; merging Summer into Fall in a spicy mélange set in a bowl of stewed meat. Chili gives us pause to celebrate, and many do as 8,000 people have qualified internationally to cook at one of two cook offs set in the desert near the Mexican border in Terlingua, Texas.

I wrote up the history of the cook off last week, detailing the highlights that produced the legendary event set in the Chihuahua desert. We just celebrated Terlingua’s 46th cook off in grand style with near perfect weather. The final night a gale-force wind swooped in, but otherwise you couldn’t ask for better weather.   Continue reading

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La Popular Expands At Dallas Farmers Market To Serve Texas Brews

by Steven Doyle

Look for La Popular, one of the most popular tamale makers in Dallas, to bring you something more than fantastic fresh-made chips, salsa and tamales. La Popular recently expanded  their Shed Two location at the Dallas Farmers Market with an actual kitchen to prepare such offerings as enchiladas, tostadas, flautas, and quesadillas.  Also look for the tamale maker to add Texas-made beers to the restaurant’s roster.

“My father has always been adamant about using the highest quality of ingredients and trying to find what we need at the Farmers Market. Everyone in the family who takes part in the business is expected to be knowledgeable in everything from washing the pots and pans to managing the kitchen,” said Jesse Moreno, Jr. about the new project.    Continue reading

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