“How do you eat tamales? Don’t eat the husk! This is a common mistake for tamal newbies. Simply unwrap, scoop out with a fork and enjoy with a spoonful of salsa on top!“
A staple during Christmas, this traditional Mexican dish may take time to prepare, but is well worth the wait! For Chicanos (Mexican Americans), tamales are one of the many staples of our traditional diet. But unlike tortillas and salsa, they hold a special meaning, coming solely for celebrations, holidays and weddings.
Richie’s tamales are made with all-natural corn masa (gluten-free), amazing fillings and wrapped in corn husks. Four times a year, delicious tamales are delivered safely to your door (limited delivery area) or pick up from Richie’s Salsa Kitchen in Preston! Fully cooked and refrigerated, tamales are easy to re-heat and eat.
Orders open 4 times a year, first Tuesday of the month (Feb, May, Sep, Dec)
Different flavours every time (meat, vegetarian, vegan options)
Available as 6-packs ($32) and 12-packs ($60)
Delivery areas limited to:
Abbotsford, Alphington, Brunswick, Carlton, Coburg, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Essendon, Fawkner, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Hadfield, Heidelberg, Ivanhoe, Kew, Kingsbury, Northcote, Parkville, Pascoe Vale, Pascoe Vale South, Preston, Reservoir, Richmond, Thomastown, Thornbury
Next orders open Tamale Tuesday 4 May
Orders delivered Sat 15 May, Sat 22 May
Outside delivery area?
Pick-up from Richie’s Salsa Kitchen Mon 10 May – Mon 17 May
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Short History of Tamales
Hand-made tamales have been a significant part of Mexican life for thousands of years. They’ve been around much longer than tortillas. The origin of tamales can be traced all the way back to pre-Columbian Indigenous people of Mesoamerica.
The foundation of the tamal is masa or maize dough. It’s cushiony, soft and can be eaten alone or filled with vegetables, meat, or cheese. Many Indigenous tribes of Mesoamerica regarded maize as supremely sacred, believing that the Gods provided corn specifically to keep humans thriving.
Tamales are a tradition that brings families together on holidays and connects them to their ancestral roots. Many Mexican American families hold gatherings to make tamales as a clan. Because it’s a labor-intensive process, these gatherings give families the opportunity to talk, connect, and share an age-old tradition.
Great Tamale Incident of 1976
If you’ve eaten a tamale, or seen someone else eating a tamale, it may be obvious you remove the husk of a tamale before eating. It definitely wasn’t obvious to America’s 38th President Gerald Ford.
On the now infamous day of April 10, 1976 Ford was campaigning for re-election and found himself hungry and touring the Alamo in San Antonio Texas. Lucky for him there was a plate of tamales at the event. Ford made the fateful decision to eat the tamale husk and all, choking a little as he swallowed.
The incident was caught by the media and went viral so-to-speak, thus creating the Great Tamale Incident of 1976. Ford ended up losing his bid for president to Jimmy Carter. Some say the election was lost because of a tamale. Never underestimate the power of food.