Tamales (CC photo by Suzanne Barbezat)
Tamales are definitely considered a classic Mexican Dish, handed down from generations of long ago and still an important part of the daily diet of many Mexican families. The namecomes from the word in Nahuatl “tamalli,” which means “wrapped.” It is not surprising to find a guy selling tamales from his big tricycle in every colonia (neighborhood), or to see sellers stationed outside offices, factories or at bus stops, where people are easily lured into getting one or two tamales. Others like to order a inside a telera roll and accompany their “ torta” with an atole or champurrado.
Tamalero (CC photo by eldefe)
Preparing tamales is not an easy task and part of the success in making really good tamales is the quality of the freshdough (masa). If the masa is not prepared well, the consistency of the tamales will not be right. The list of flavor options can be long, depending on the area were you get them, but generally you find Verde ( in a green chile sauce), Rojo (red chile sauce with cheese), Mole (mole sauce), Rajas con Queso (chile Poblano with cheese), and some sweet flavors, like with raisins or pineapple, which are identyfied by the pink color of the masa.
Tamales (CC photo by michellescafebaltimore)
You can find also different versions of them, like for exampleOaxaqueño, Yucateco, Hidalguense, Regio and Sonorense. I like Oaxaqueño so we’ll talk about it later.
Posted by Magdiel