This Tasty Life

tamales ancira / chula vista


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

8 Responses

  1. I haven’t really found any tamales I really truly love but I think your comment that you add some salt to it just changed my life a bit. I always think that although I like the idea of tamales I wish they were saltier…..but they usually only have salsa to add. I don’t know why I never though of just adding some salt to them instead of trying to drown it in salsa 🙂

    • mary says:

      Hi J.S. – Dude. Salt! It’s so magical! Tamales usually never have enough salt for my liking and that little extra pinch always makes me love them more (especially good salt, like Maldon or a fleur de sel – mmmm). I don’t like how salsa seems to take away from the flavor of the masa/tamale itself so that’s why I don’t use it. More salt, plz!

  2. Mmmmm I love tamales too. I prefer savory over sweet though. Too bad you weren’t able to attend the tamale making party a couple months ago. If you’ve got the prepared masa, the rest of the process isn’t so bad and you can fill it with whatever you want! I am one of those people who adds ketchup, especially if its on the dry side. Sometimes i add a pinch of hot sauce to mix in as well. Salt as needed. 🙂

    • mary says:

      Hi Lynn – I know, I wanted to go to the tamale party… I think I was out of town? Gosh, I don’t remember why now. They prepared masa at Tamales Ancira, too, which might encourage me to try and make my own tamales instead (someday). If a tamale is dry I probably won’t finish eating it!

  3. Faye says:

    I’ve never been a fan of tamales BUT I like what’s INSIDE em though. Like I’ll eat the filling but not the mashed corn part. Is that weird. Have you tried to make tamales before? It always looks interesting when I see them being made. I wonder what’s a tougher chore: wrapping dumplings/lumpia or making tamales.

    • mary says:

      Yes, Faye. That is weird. 😀

      I LOVE the masa, just like I LOVE cornbread and other corn related products! I have never tried to make them before. The masa part always intimidated me a little. They have prepared masa here though, I feel like I should just make my own filling and DOT IT. I feel like lumpia would still be tougher since you have to wrap them really tight, where these you just wrap them in dried husks.

  4. Looks like their price has gone up from $1.69 (2011 price).

    It helps to have Mexican friends, haha. Seriously. At Christmas time which is tamale season. Otherwise, I’ve bought them from Mexican markets or even at a few panaderias.

    • mary says:

      Jake’s sister usually makes tamales with her husband’s side of the family but hers are usually too spicy for me 🙁 Jake and I saw at a panaderia we went to this weekend they had tamales but we had already made our purchases. Darn, I guess we’ll just have to go back for “research”. 🙂

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