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Finding Tamales in Dallas

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As the holidays continue and we ready for the new year, many will offer blessings for our heart and hearth.And nothing blesses my hearth more than a few dozen tamales lovingly hand-made in homes or selected from a steaming basket that an experienced tamale-maker offers as she passes from office to office. For those who do not possess the skills nor the energy to craft their own tamales, DFW  is rich with eager cooks willing to share their bounty.

Local chef Stephan Pyles co-authored a book on tamales and makes literally thousands of them for the holiday season. Says Pyles, “West Texas has heavy southern and Hispanic influences and one of my favorite early memories is my discovery of tamales. I was most intrigued by the fact that they came in their own special ‘gift-wrapping.’ That early fascination was enough inspiration for me to compose an entire book on the subject.”  Continue reading

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Abel Gonzales The Fried Food King Gives Back For The Holidays

abel1by Steven Doyle   photos by Robert Bostick

You know Abel Gonzales from his annual stint at the Texas State Fair as the Fried Food King. In 2015 he cranked out a plethora of fried lobster with a side of champagne gravy. In 2004, he won with the fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich, in 2005 with Fried Coke, in 2006 with fried cookie dough, in 2008 with deep-fried butter, and in 2011 with Fried Jambalaya. He is also called the Fried Jesus.

We visited with Gonzales recently because we were tipped off about his extreme tamale and posole making. Come to find out that the chef has a kitchen on Ross Avenue where he has been catering weddings and a vast array of parties. The kitchen itself is massive and larger than many hotel kitchens I have seen. I was thinking he might be catering up Fried Jambalaya, but actually the man can cook like a maniac.

“We had this kitchen sitting idle for a year. We originally got the kitchen to cook out of for the fair, but needed to use this space for more culinary events. I have the culinary background, and haver been doing this all my life. I just needed to get away from the television and do it,” said Gonzales.   Continue reading

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La Popular For Your Holiday Tamales (Enter to Win 10 Dozen!)

tamaleby 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.   Continue reading

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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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East Dallas la Popular is Moving in 2015

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The famous tamale shop in Dallas is moving its digs. Look for la Popular to move to its sister restaurant, Peak and Elm located at 123 N. Peak in East Dallas this February. The lease at 5004 Columbia is up and rather than renew the owners decided to consolidate locations.

The Peak location is home to Peak and Elm, which is a popular Mexican restaurant. The Moreno family is expanding 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 past at the Columbia shop.   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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