Deciding Whether to Make or Buy


Tamale Recipe

Tamale History

Why Make Tamales

The Tamale Queen

Serving Tamales




Why Make Tamales?

Tamale PlatterWe must all decide whether to make or buy tamales.  There are a number of reasons to make tamales.  First, it is fun.  As we have mentioned on other parts of the site, making tamales is a tradition among friends all over the world.  In the fall, women who are best friends can get together for a day of fellowship and Tamale cooking.  I know many people who pick a day in the fall to renew old friendships, and stuff the freezer full of this delicious Mexican food dish.

Tamales freeze well so you can make enough to last all winter. One weekend of hard work will yield a winter's worth of wonderful tamales.

Another reason to make tamales yourself is that they will be the best.  When you start with the World's best tamale recipe (courtesy of this site), and then add your love and careful attention, you will end up with a dish that simply can not be matched.

When you become good at making tamales by following the detailed directions on this site, and when you share those tamales with friends and family, you will become renowned for your cooking and you can rest assured that you will always be invited to social events (in hopes that you might bring Tamales!)

Making good tamales is a skill that will serve you well the rest of your life.  It is well worth the effort to become an accomplished Hot Tamale Chef!





This site is dedicated to the Loving Memory of Goya Pina, who taught me how to cook tamales, and many other delicious Mexican Food dishes.  She died in 1998 at the age of 78.

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