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Gluten Free Tamales

Posted: January 2nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Food Reviews | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

This Christmas season, I decided I really wanted tamales. I hadn’t had good tamales since my diagnosis and it’s one of the foods we’ve traditionally had at some point during Christmas most years. However, the first few places I called or emailed replied that they couldn’t ensure their tamales were gluten free as they were made on the same surfaces and with some of the same equipment as their flour tortillas. I was frustrated and decided to search online specifically for gluten free tamales. I was trying to locate a local place, but ran across two different mail order companies which did specify that their tamales were gluten free. Both looked pretty decent, so I decided to get some from both places and compare them.

The first place is The Tamale Company (located in Dallas). I ordered a variety of flavors from them. So far we’ve tried the ancho chili pork and the black bean and both were quite good. I didn’t use the boil in bag approach. Instead I steamed them out of the bag as I’ve normally done. I still have the beef and the chicken tomatillo to try, though, so I may give their ‘boil in bag’ technique a shot.

The second place is Texas Tamale Company (located in Houston). I ordered their beef and pork options. We’ve had the beef and they were yummy. I expect the same will be true for the pork.

Both shipped their tamales in a styrofoam container inside a box with, I believe, packets of dry ice (the dry ice had evaporated by the time they arrived). The tamales arrived in excellent condition. Honestly, both brands were quite good. I would be hard pressed to pick one over the other. If you want good gluten free tamales, and don’t want to make them yourself, I don’t hesitate to recommend either company.

2 Comments on “Gluten Free Tamales”

  1. 1 Sandra said at 9:39 am on January 2nd, 2012:

    is there gluten in the regular tamale? Or is it a cross-contamination from prep areas of commercial production?

    I have had to go entirely grain-free this fall (and for the foreseeable future) so I guess even gluten-free tamales are off-limits. >:( I haven’t had Mexican food in three months and boy does it sound good!

  2. 2 Scott said at 4:05 pm on January 2nd, 2012:

    Corn counts as a grain, so they are off limits. A normal tamale shouldn’t have any gluten containing ingredients, especially if the filling is prepared without using any processed sauce mixes. But cross-contamination is a big issue since flour tortillas are also very popular in the US. I can’t tolerate dairy, which does limit my Tex-Mex options, but I do love both Tex-Mex and actual Mexican food.