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Some get wild by swapping out the corn leaf for a banana leaf (tamales oaxaqueños), or pineapple and other fruit for the standard protein.
Bruno Mancha, a Mexican immigrant who lost an arm in an accident, started selling tamales from a pushcart on downtown Birmingham streets in 1926.
Every plate comes with two tamales plus rice and beans ($11).
In Mexico, during Día de Muertos, family members offer the deceased sweets, tamales, bread, tequila and their favorite foods.
The menu highlights local ingredients and items including tapas like tamales and crab cakes, tacos and even sandwiches like the Black Bean Burger and the Torta Cubana.
Floore's was a key live venue in the western-swing era that became revered for its tamales.
The French Quarter had its Lucky Dogs, but those looking for a late-night snack in Fat City had a menu of another sort, thanks to a sombrero-wearing guy named Cisco who sold tamales from a cart during Fat City's heyday.
This hole-in-the-wall pick may not look like much, but one bite of the inexpensive tacos, tamales or enchiladas at La Hacienda will sell you.
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tamale Has Origins in South America
Hot tamale is sometimes used figuratively, as in our second example, to suggest sexual attractiveness, but it's the word's literal use that puts it in an interesting category. How many English food words can you name that derive from Nahuatl, a group of languages spoken by native peoples of Mexico and Central America? You've probably guessed that "tamale" gives you one; it came to us (by way of Mexican Spanish) from the Nahuatl "tamalli," a word for steamed cornmeal dough. Add to the menu "chili" (from "chīlli," identifying all those fiery peppers); "chocolate" (from "chocolātl," first used for a beverage made from chocolate and water); "guacamole" (from āhuacatl, meaning "avocado," plus mōlli, meaning "sauce"); and "tomato" (from "tomatl"). Top it all off with "chipotle" (a smoked and dried pepper), from "chīlli" and "pōctli" (meaning "something smoked").
Origin and Etymology of tamale
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