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Red Chili Beef Tamales at La Indiana Tamales

PaulF May 3, 2012 02:25 PM

A search of the board for La Indiana Tamales only reveals some years-old threads, so I figured it was time for a quick rec:

My next door neighbor owns a bunch of commercial property downtown and when she is down there checking up on a tenant, she brings us back a sack of tamales from La Indiana Tamales.

She only brings us the red chili beef tamales, though a glance at their web site reveals a number of different types.


I've never been to the shop myself (it's actually in East LA as far as I can tell), so I can't describe the atmosphere or the service or the parking or anything like that.

I can tell you the red chili beef tamale is damn good. It's got a nice spice (not really hot and spicy, though), great corn taste in the masa ... it's a good tamale. Greasy, though, your fingers will turn orange as you try to peel open the wrapper and the corn husks to get to the tamale.

I really like the texture of the meat in these tamales. It's so soft, it's almost creamy, softer than my mother's brisket.

Like I said, the threads that mention La Indiana are old, so I'm re-recommending and wondering if anyone else has tried any of the other tamales here.

1142 S. Indiana Street,
Los Angeles Ca 90023.
Telephone No.: (323) 262-4682
Fax No.: (323) 262-5013

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  1. A5 KOBE RE: PaulF May 3, 2012 02:51 PM

    I like the tamales there but prefer La Moderna and La Moscota more. Still a very good tamale but for the area I prefer La Moscota. My favorite out of the three is La Moderna.

    1. JAB RE: PaulF May 3, 2012 04:51 PM

      I'll take Los Cinco Puntos over those mentioned and will add that for those in OC that La Indiana's tamales are available at Berkely Dog.

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