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Jan 4, 2010 10:02 AM

Where to buy good tamales?

I'm not looking for a restaurant sit down meal. I love these little corn busk wrapped bundles of yummy but I am a spice wimp so I'm looking for a place I can descend on (possibly with a moving truck) and load up on a variety of not too spicy tamales to take home, freeze, and reheat gently over the winter months when I feel like having one. Anybody know of any place like this in and around boston/quincy area?

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  1. I'm not a huge fan of tamales, but I do like the ones that I've been getting from La Chapincita Market at 424 Moody Street in Waltham.

    This place is a basically a small store with many Latin American products. They only have prepared foods on Fridays and Saturdays (not sure about Sundays). I think that they usually have tamales on Fridays so call them (781-894-9552)‎ to make sure. The chicken in their tamales are stewed with the bone still in them so keep this in mind when you try them.

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    1. re: eatanddestroy

      Ooh thanks. This is closer than Revere to me so I'll give it a try first.

      1. re: eatanddestroy

        I second La Chapincita. Olga, the proprietress, is a lovely woman who is always willing to teach me a little Spanish, while I teach her a little Italian. She also makes chiles rellenos along with the pork and chicken tamales.


      2. I have a vague recollection of a post from a few years ago talking about a store on Shirley Ave in Revere (near Floating Rock) where they were selling homemade tamales on the weekends. There are only 2-3 Latino stores on that stretch.

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        1. re: El Guapo

          Probably mine. That shop disappeared or changed owners or something. A year or so ago I tried at another shop on that street (or maybe the same, new owners?) but the tamales were merely ok.

        2. Okay, this is going to sound like total heresy but I actually really like Trader Joe's tamales. The green chili and cheese is the best flavor.

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          1. re: Parsnipity

            They will do in a pinch (same with their carnitas ... check them out!) but nothing beats the real thing. I brought back a bundle of tamales from the holidays (traditional Mexican xmas dish) and plan to dole them out stingily until I can get back to Mexico. Which is Not. Soon. Enough.

            1. re: yumyum

              I have had the TJ's ones. They are ok but nothing like the real home made thing.

          2. Cantina la Mexicana in Union Square, Somerville will sell frozen tamales to steam at home. My son loves the chicken, and believe me, he's a spice wimp, too.

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            1. re: almansa

              I second Cantina la Mexicana in Union Square. $1.25 a piece and so delicious! chicken, pork or vegetable. Their potato chorizo filling is heaven, though im not sure if they have it in tamales, or just burros and rellenos.

              1. re: almansa

                Do they sell them in small quantities?

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