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The History of Tamales and Where to Find Them in Dallas

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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.  They made the masa for the tortillas, stews, drinks, etc. But as the warring tribes of the Aztec, Mayan, and Incan cultures grew, 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. This requirement demanded the creativity of the women and the tamale was born. Continue reading

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