HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
What have you made lately? Get great advice
TELL US

Tamales mail-ordered from Pedro's Tamales [moved from Boston board]

BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 10, 2007 08:53 AM

Unfortunately, this native Texan has yet to find decent tamales in Boston, so I just order them from Pedro's Tamales in my former hometown of Lubbock ( www.tamale.com ): they have no minimum order, so you can order them a dozen at a time if you like. Although personally, we usually order 12 dozen at a go and keep them in the basement freezer.

  1. g
    GenieinTX Jan 18, 2008 12:35 PM

    Barmy - I'm a former Lubbockite too. Every time I drove out to the strip, I HAD to stop and buy Pedros. Anyone wondering if they are good enough to order.. yes, they are. You poor thing.. I bet it is impossible to find a decent tamale in Boston. I'm now in Austin so I still have access to good Mexican and BBQ.

    1 Reply
    1. re: GenieinTX
      BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 18, 2008 12:49 PM

      Actually, we're set on both barbecue and Mexican here: this thread first came up, actually, because a different Texas-to-Boston transplant couldn't find Texas-style tamales as opposed to Mexican-style, which are fatter and have a different filling-to-masa ratio.

    2. stellamystar Dec 13, 2007 02:02 PM

      I love mail order food! Great suggestion.

      8 Replies
      1. re: stellamystar
        p
        Pegmeister Dec 14, 2007 08:39 AM

        My order didn't come yesterday, probably because of the snow. It's still hard to swallow when you dish out $30 for priority shipping. I e-mailed to ask the status but haven't heard back yet. Hopefully, it will be there when I get home.

        1. re: Pegmeister
          w
          winedude Dec 18, 2007 10:53 AM

          Pegmeister, how were they?

          1. re: winedude
            p
            Pegmeister Dec 19, 2007 03:55 AM

            The tamales were pretty good, the Carne Guisida was delicious and the tortillas were about the best I've ever had. The tamales were about an inch in diameter, the flavors were as I remember from my last trip to San Antonio. I hate to admit it though, I added a little sour cream and chipotle hot sauce on top, and that made them even better. I'm not sure I would order from them again though. The $30 priority overnight turned into the package being received 6 days later than it should have been, with no reduction in the shipping cost. When the package didn't arrive, I e-mailed but didn't get a response, the next day I called and they told me they had run out of the chicken tamales so they wouldn't be mailing it out until after the weekend. I think they could have communicated that and adjusted the shipping cost.

            1. re: Pegmeister
              BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 19, 2007 09:11 AM

              Ouch. I'm sorry to hear that! We've never had that trouble with them ourselves, but I feel bad that you did after I recommended them to you.

              1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                p
                Pegmeister Dec 20, 2007 03:51 AM

                Don't feel bad, I really enjoyed the tamales and it did remind me of my last trip to San Antonio. This time of year I'm sure they are overloaded with orders, so it happens. I just wish they had at least sent an e-mail to let me know the status.

                1. re: Pegmeister
                  Allstonian Dec 20, 2007 06:34 AM

                  I totally agree! I'd feel kind of annoyed as well.

                  Thanks for the report on the carne guisada and the tortillas, BTW - all I've ever ordered from them is tamales (a recurring birthday gift to BFP) but every time I do I ponder throwing in some of both of those items.

                  We've tried all 4 flavors of tamales - pork, chicken, beef, and spicy beef - and come to the conclusion that the others are good, but the really transcendant flavor is the regular beef.

                  1. re: Allstonian
                    p
                    Pegmeister Dec 20, 2007 08:14 AM

                    I've only tried the chicken ones so far and as I said they were good. I still have the chili to try as well. The carne guisada had good size pieces of beef with a mildly spicy sauce and the meat was quite tender. Thick enough to use as a filling for those tortillas. I added some chipotle hot sauce for a little more heat. The Holiday mix offers a nice variety.

                    1. re: Allstonian
                      p
                      Pegmeister Jan 17, 2008 08:27 AM

                      Just got around to trying the pork tamales and I'm sorry I waited so long because I'm way more enthused about them!! The pork version seemed to have a little more filling and it really added to the flavor. I'm still thinking of those tortillas as well. I used them for breakfast wraps; sandwiches and even put a few under the broiler with olive oil and lemon dill. I do believe I'll order again.

        2. p
          Pegmeister Dec 12, 2007 09:07 AM

          Gave into temptation and just placed a order with Pedro's. Almost didn't though because I only had until 12:30 to order so that I could have them by tomorrow. Then I remember that Lubbbock would be an hour behind us - yea!!! So, I'll be sure to report back.

          3 Replies
          1. re: Pegmeister
            w
            winedude Dec 12, 2007 04:07 PM

            Please do! I've been craving good tamales, and I've been to Pedro's website twice since I saw the plug for it. What kind did you order?

            I'm also really wondering about their size. Are they very thin, as manyTexas-style tamales are, or more of the size of the Trader Joe's ones, about 1-1/2 inches in diameter.

            1. re: winedude
              BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 12, 2007 08:38 PM

              Thin but not supermodel thin: I'd say Pedro's tamales run about an inch across, maybe four and half to five inches long. As you say, Texas-style tamales tend to be thinner, with a higher filling-to-masa ratio. Personally, that's what I like about them!

              1. re: winedude
                p
                Pegmeister Dec 13, 2007 03:36 AM

                I went with the spicy holiday mix which includes a dozen each of chicken; pork and beef. It also comes with chili and carne guisida. I have to admit I didn't know what carne guisda was. I'm assuming it's a mexican style beef stew? It also comes with a dozen tortillas. The mistake I made was to not notice that the shipping defaults to the $30 priority overnight so the order came to about $75. That's ok though, because if all goes well I'll get them today and have them to enjoy during Sunday's snow storm!

            2. m
              michla Dec 10, 2007 06:11 PM

              Thanks for the great link. I am definitely going to order some from Pedro's and try some from Taqueria La Mexicana as well. Thanks for your help.

              1 Reply
              1. re: michla
                BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 11, 2007 07:00 AM

                Glad to be of service!

              Show Hidden Posts