by Steven Doyle
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. This year they streamlined their operations moving their flagship location to its sister restaurant, Peak and Elm located at 123 N. Peak in East Dallas.
The Peak location is home to Peak and Elm, which is a popular Mexican restaurant. The Moreno family expanded the kitchen to make room for the tamale assembly line, and will continue to offer tamales for pick up as they have done in the years past.
We asked owner Jesse Moreno Sr. what the secret to a great tamale and he explained,”It’s got to be the love. Really, we use the best ingredients and make these each by hand. You just can’t get any better than that, and we do this because we sincerely love our clientele. We are part of this community and want everyone to enjoy what we do here”.
Tamale sales extend through out the year but La Popular will do 90% of its business in one week.
To make the tamales they start off by grinding our own corn to make the masa and spread that to the corn husks soaked over night. La Popular does a traditional pork, pork and jalapeno, beef, chicken, and are one of the few that started doing a vegetarian and vegan tamale for their customers. They also do a bean and also a rajas tamale. The masa is gluten-free and low in fat since they use corn oil instead of lard. These are a few of the reasons their tamales have been so popular. That, and they taste incredibly good.
If you would like to try your hand at making your own tamales you may purchase a kit that includes masa and the proper husks. You will also receive some excellent advice. But for the rest of us that prefer the convenience of a delicious tamale we need to order them right away as not to be left out in the cold for our holiday fetes.
To win 10 dozen fresh and delicious tamales from La Popular, merely make a comment below. We will pick a winner at random Thursday, December 10th at the end of the business day. Good luck and Feliz Navidad!