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(DFW/Arlington) Christmas Tamales

For years we have gotten our Christmas tamales to go from Marquez Bakery and Tortilla Factory in Grand Prarie. However, last year the tamales were more masa than meat. Can anyone recommend a tamale shop for Christmas tamales to go?

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  1. Central Market makes EXCELLENT tamales in several different flavors. They are in the refrigerated section near the prepared foods.

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    1. re: ChristieP

      Thanks Christie. I have tried the Central Market and found the tamales to be a bit too greasy for my taste. I'm looking for a "Mom and Pop" type operation for my tamales.

      1. re: State St.

        I agree. Maybe I got a bad dozen, but they were way too greasy.

        1. re: State St.

          thank u ladies i understand what u guys r saying about the tamales I ran into that same problem as well! So as a ex corp chef I learned how to make them my self and way less fat! I am a stay at home mom that makes tamales around the holidays and I make them with no lard yes no lard!! i use seasoning and the cooking juices from the meats I roast! I make turkey,pork small about of beef!! I have been doing this for 5 years and having to watch what we get and the luv for tamales I made them my own and have very good clients!! Im making turkey next week! let me know!!

      2. La Popular Tamales on the corner of Columbia and Munger in Dallas. If you order in advance (as you should) be sure to pick them up exactly when they say they'll be ready -- one year I was a few hours late, and they had sold my tamales to someone else (although they made another batch for me).

        1. Another place to try is the Dallas Tortilla & Tamale Factory in Grand Prairie. I've eaten there before, and the tamales were good.

          1. We will give both of your suggestions a try and report back.

            1. La Popular Tamales on the corner of Columbia and Munger in Dallas was exactly what we were looking for. The tamales were awesome, their salsa spicy and the Pico De Guio was nice and hot. The only draw back was there was a sign in the store said "No more Christmas orders after November 25th." But I don't think they mean it....especially if you ask nicely. Thanks Alice.

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              1. re: State St.

                I've had Dallas Tortilla and Tamale factory TAMALES and TORTILLAS before and I was not impressed. The tamales were too dry.

                I hate to say this but Central Market makes a comparable product to the real thing...both their tortillas and their tamales.

                1. re: BellaDonna

                  Thanks Christie. I have tried the Central Market and found the tamales to be a bit too greasy for my taste. I'm looking for a "Mom and Pop" type operation for my tamale
                  State St. Nov 23, 2007