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post #31 of 123
My grandma taught me how to make tamales. She is famous for hers. Stores have been trying to get her to sell them for years.

She says you can use just about any kind of pork. She usually uses pork butt. As far as how to cook them, you don't need a tamale cooker. If I'm doing a bunch I will use my rice cooker/steamer and steam them. If I'm just doing a couple I will cook them in the microwave.
post #32 of 123
You guys made me hungry now. I have to listen for the tamale man to come. here were I live there are a lot of places to choose from. The man that sell them door to door around here makes the most delicious red one. My stomach is growling "I want a tamale" icon_cry.gif Last time we bought from him his price was $1.35 each

Oh and those Hormel can tamales make some bomb nachos

here a recipe if any wants to try I eyeball it

3 Hormel tamales smashed
1/3 can Hormel chili bean no bean
1 cup velveta cheese
a couple of Ortega green chili's (optional)

then heat until cheese melts

easy and good

just had to add my 2 cents
post #33 of 123
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Cambriascakes. I know what you are saying. When we started buying I told Joe the same thing, if they are $1.00, my cost better not be more than a dime each to make. lol

I am not saying they aren't worth this amount. I am very frugal minded though and since we are eating so many and my kids want these every week, $23.00 adds up quickly. They actually want more than that. So I may as well make them myself and save some expense.

I make alot of stuff from scratch. Bread, stromboli, pizza. Given that plus the hassles with buying from someone else it is just in our best interest to make our own.

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SURE!!!! I'm eating some right now! I love tamales! for breakfast with eggs...lunch with salad and beans...dinner.... anytime. I love chicken, beef, pork, tontitos ( thats what they call the ones with only masa!), the plain corn ones...sweet ones, cheese and chile verde..OMG the possibilities are endless.. One of these days I will try to make my own. My mom makes them...but I'm afraid...very afraid.....



My hubby likes the chili verde when we eat out. I need to learn to make those.

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I don't like buying from home cooks around here. There was a big arrest in the area for unsafe cooking in a backyard. Turns out the people were boiling their meat in galvanized trash cans!!

No telling how many people were poisoned. The heat makes the metal seam deteriorate. I politely refuse to buy from anyone now.



Boiling meat in a trash can???? Oh wow! That is terrible! Was it tamales? Yeah I have always been very iffy about stuff like this.

There is a few times I have been hit up in the parking lot of a mexican market and I didn't buy.

My neighbor was buying and my son said he knew the lady cause she subbed at his school. She lives about 10 blocks away from us. She was cooking them on the stove once when he went to get them, not in the backyard. icon_lol.gif

But yeah, we need to be careful

While we are on the subject of home cooks. About a mile away there was a taco house. They had a taco buisiness in the garage, tables set up and everything and every friday and sat. night that place would be rocking.

$1.00 each and your choice of carnitas, carne asada, other kinds of meat.
These were truly the best I ever had in my life!! You know the "soft tacos" that hispanics make.

We went for about a year then all of a sudden they closed down. Don't know why, maybe the taco police got them? icon_sad.gif

I about cried when I realized they weren't selling any more.

If anyone knows how to make these please let me know! I have tried all kinds of carne asada recipes and mine are not to die for. I still don't know exactly how they do these corn tortillas. They aren't friend and they aren't just warmed up. I have tried using a flat black skillet and adding a tiny bit of water, no success. icon_cry.gif
post #34 of 123
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nicolepa

mmm... I would love to get her recipe! lol How long in the microwave? I have a huge metal pot, I really just need a steemer. I have an old smaller pot I used to steam vegetables but the handle kept breaking so I saved the steamer and tossed it out. Couldn't find it yesterday. I like what one person said earlier about flipping it over inside the pot and using that.

If I can find it. lol
post #35 of 123
icon_lol.gif It's funny to hear people calling us hispanics.. It cracks me up! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif I think one comedian, don't know who it was, but he said something like "there is no such place as Hispania, why are they calling us hispanics?!" It's so true and funny. Not to make fun of anyone using that word, it's everywhere! And I don't get offended at all.

I rather be called Latina, or simply Mexican. I'm sorry I'm just babbling on...I got tamales stuck on my head and I can't think straight....

One more thing..Im so proud of my son, he's 22 months, he ate almost a whole sweet tamale the other day! now that is a true mexican! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

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Microwave?!?!?! COOL!!!! let us know how long please!! icon_razz.gif

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post #37 of 123
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I still don't know exactly how they do these corn tortillas. They aren't friend and they aren't just warmed up. I have tried using a flat black skillet and adding a tiny bit of water, no success. icon_cry.gif



To soften the corn tortillas you heat a bit of oil in the frying pan and put the corn tortilla in. Just a few seconds on each side. This is how my grandma does it for her enchiladas.
post #38 of 123
Man! Now you guys have me craving tamales! My MIL and DH's cousin make some AMAZING ones! Mmmmm, smotherd in chile con queso..mmmmm. Ok, I gotta call DH, see if he can make some calls and put in some orders! icon_lol.gif
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post #39 of 123
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Cambriascakes. I know what you are saying. When we started buying I told Joe the same thing, if they are $1.00, my cost better not be more than a dime each to make. lol

I am not saying they aren't worth this amount. I am very frugal minded though and since we are eating so many and my kids want these every week, $23.00 adds up quickly. They actually want more than that. So I may as well make them myself and save some expense.

I make alot of stuff from scratch. Bread, stromboli, pizza. Given that plus the hassles with buying from someone else it is just in our best interest to make our own.

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mariela_ms
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SURE!!!! I'm eating some right now! I love tamales! for breakfast with eggs...lunch with salad and beans...dinner.... anytime. I love chicken, beef, pork, tontitos ( thats what they call the ones with only masa!), the plain corn ones...sweet ones, cheese and chile verde..OMG the possibilities are endless.. One of these days I will try to make my own. My mom makes them...but I'm afraid...very afraid.....



My hubby likes the chili verde when we eat out. I need to learn to make those.

mommachris

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I don't like buying from home cooks around here. There was a big arrest in the area for unsafe cooking in a backyard. Turns out the people were boiling their meat in galvanized trash cans!!

No telling how many people were poisoned. The heat makes the metal seam deteriorate. I politely refuse to buy from anyone now.



Boiling meat in a trash can???? Oh wow! That is terrible! Was it tamales? Yeah I have always been very iffy about stuff like this.

There is a few times I have been hit up in the parking lot of a mexican market and I didn't buy.

My neighbor was buying and my son said he knew the lady cause she subbed at his school. She lives about 10 blocks away from us. She was cooking them on the stove once when he went to get them, not in the backyard. icon_lol.gif

But yeah, we need to be careful

While we are on the subject of home cooks. About a mile away there was a taco house. They had a taco buisiness in the garage, tables set up and everything and every friday and sat. night that place would be rocking.

$1.00 each and your choice of carnitas, carne asada, other kinds of meat.
These were truly the best I ever had in my life!! You know the "soft tacos" that hispanics make.

We went for about a year then all of a sudden they closed down. Don't know why, maybe the taco police got them? icon_sad.gif

I about cried when I realized they weren't selling any more.

If anyone knows how to make these please let me know! I have tried all kinds of carne asada recipes and mine are not to die for. I still don't know exactly how they do these corn tortillas. They aren't friend and they aren't just warmed up. I have tried using a flat black skillet and adding a tiny bit of water, no success. icon_cry.gif



you dip the tortillas in oil then place them on a comal to warm them
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post #40 of 123
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nicolepa

mmm... I would love to get her recipe! lol How long in the microwave? I have a huge metal pot, I really just need a steemer. I have an old smaller pot I used to steam vegetables but the handle kept breaking so I saved the steamer and tossed it out. Couldn't find it yesterday. I like what one person said earlier about flipping it over inside the pot and using that.

If I can find it. lol



Microwave time varies depending on how many you are making and their size. My grandma makes them very small, which I love because the meat/masa ratio is good. Most tamales I have tried have too much masa. For her's I usually do it for a minute or minute thirty and then check. Just peel back a bit of the husk and if it still sticks it needs to be cooked more.

As for her recipe. That's a hard one. There are no real measurements and until I actually watched her I could never get it. But here's the gist. (I can't find the notebook I wrote everything down in right now, but it's close.)

Boil the pork until cooked. Take pork out to cool and shred. DO NOT THROW OUT THE WATER. This is the key to a good tamale.

Make red chili and pour some in the shreded pork. Add tamale water until it's moist enough. (I like a lot of chili so I don't use much water.)

Soak your cornhusks while you make the masa.

Put some masa in a bowl. Add red chili powder until you can see a fair amount of specks in the masa. Add tamale water until the consistency of peanut butter. You should either be able to spred w/a knife/spoon or mush down w/your hand.

Take 2 corn husks and overlap a bit. Spread the masa leaving enough room to tie the ends. Going all the way to one edge, but leaving room at the other. Add a teaspoon or so of pork adn roll towards the empty edge. Tie the ends w/strips of corn husk.

Steam them and eat or throw them in ziplocks and freeze.

I usually spend a day a year w/a girlfriend making them. It is not worth the trouble unless you spend all day and make tons!
post #41 of 123
I'm mexican, and have been making tamales all my life. My grandmother taught me. I don't know what a "tamale pot" is, but I guarantee you don't need one. Unless you just like kitchen gadgets. icon_biggrin.gif

Here is a great recipe for Chile Verde. Just shred up the meat when its done and stuff your tamales with it. Perfect. icon_biggrin.gif

http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/006115chile_verde.php
post #42 of 123
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I'll get back to responses soon but just had to post this!

No fancy smancy picture here, I just wanted to hurry up and eat it! mmmmmmm

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If Joe is lucky there may be some for dinner for him tonight! lol

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post #43 of 123
You're evil. icon_evil.gif


Gotta call DH.... icon_biggrin.gif
If you don't stick to your values when they're being tested, they're not values-they're hobbies. You know, one of the genius moves of The Founders was not writing The Bill of Rights on the back window of a dusty van.
-Jon Stewart
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-Jon Stewart
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post #44 of 123
This is not fair. Why don't I have a tamale person to order from? icon_cry.gif
post #45 of 123
that is one big tamale. About the tacos ....alll I do is put a bit of oil on the comal (skillet) and put the tortilla on top . It just like dipping the tortilla in oil just less messy for me.
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