Tamales - Choose Your Own 12 Pack

Take your pick from a wide variety of El Charro Café’s most legendary tamales!

El Charro Café was founded in Tucson way back in 1922 by the tireless Monica Flin. Her lineup of traditional Sonoran dishes made her a local legend; she’s even credited with inventing the chimichanga! Today, El Charro Café is run by Monica’s great grandniece, Carlotta Flores, and it’s America’s oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. El Charro Café offers a wide variety of Northern Mexican and Tucson-style Mexican dishes, from enchiladas to tamales to tacos to burros, and their insanely delicious food has been hailed by everyone from Bon Appetit to the NY Times to Nation’s Restaurant News, which named it one of America’s 50 most iconic restaurants.

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This package serves 6 people and includes your choice of 12 Tamales

  • 1 sauce/hazelnut pouch per 6 tamales
  • Each tamale measures 4″ × 2″ × 1.5″ and weighs approx. 4 oz.
  • Each sauce pouch weighs 6 oz.
  • Each hazelnut spread weighs 3 oz.
  • Garnish not included

Tamale Options Include

  • Green Corn Tamales – Original corn tamale recipe with mild green chile and cheddar. (Comes with Tomatillo Sauce)
  • Chicken Tomatillo Tamales – Tender shredded all-natural chicken cooked with green chile & tomatillo sauce in a white corn masa. (Comes with Tomatillo Sauce)
  • Red Chile Beef Tamales – Traditional family recipe of mild red chile-infused masa and tender chile con carne beef. (Comes with Red Chile Sauce)
  • Red Chile Pork Tamales – Slow cooked, lean, seasoned all-natural pork and mild red chile sauce infused masa. (Comes with Red Chile Sauce)
  • Hola Hemp Original Tamales – Our vegan superfood tamales made with non-gmo masa, vegan cheese, hulled hemp hearts (seeds), quinoa and flax seeds and the ultra-nutritious nopalitos, which is cooked cactus leaf born in the sonoran desert. (Comes with Tomatillo Sauce)
  • Vegan Hola Hemp Chipotle Tamales – We turn up our spice on our superfood hemp tamales with smoked ground chipotle chile. (Comes with Red Chile Sauce)
  • Vegan Red Chile Jackfruit Tamales – A plant-based take on our classic red chile tamale and stuffed with our vegan recipe jackfruit. (Comes with Red Chile Sauce)
  • Sunflower Chicken Tamales – Shredded chicken in a delicious sunflower & pumpkin seed mole. Mild heat with a rich nutty flavor that makes these chicken tamales melt in your mouth! (Comes with Sunflower Pipian Sauce)
  • Seasonal Pumpkin Spice Dessert Tamales – Seasonally prepared for the fall season, these vegan tamales are perfectly pumpkin spiced and best served with your favorite cranberry mix and some vanilla bean ice cream. (Comes with Cranberry Sauce)
  • Vegan Hazelnut Dessert Tamales – Our sweetheart of a tamale made with plant-based chocolate and hazelnut and a dash of cinnamon. (Comes with Hazelnut Spread)

Ingredients

Green Corn Tamales – Corn Masa (Corn, Water, Lime), Cheddar Cheese, Jack Cheese, Cottage Cheese, White Corn, Yellow Corn, Cream Style Corn, All-vegetable Shortening (Soybean Oil, Fully Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Palm Oil, Mono And Diglycerides, Tbhq And Citric Acid (Antioxidants)), Canola Oil, Green Chile , And Salt. Tomatillo Sauce (Tomatillos, Water, Serrano Pepper, Onion, Green Onion, Salsa Blend (Garlic, Salt, White Vinegar), Canola Oil, Oregan, Cilantro, Garlic, Salt, Black Pepper, Cumin, Rice Flour, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate). (Allergens: Soy & Dairy).

Chicken Tomatillo Tamales – Masa (Corn, Water, Lime), Cheddar Cheese, Jack Cheese, Cottage Cheese, White Corn, Cut Corn, Cream Style Corn, All-vegetable Shortening (Soybean Oil, Fully Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Palm Oil, Mono And Diglycerides, TBHQ And Citric Acid), Canola Oil, Green Chile, And Salt. Chicken, Salsa Verde, Water, Yellow Onion, Serrano Chile, Garlic, Cilantro, Salt, Cumin, Black Pepper, Green Onion, Jalapeno, Chicken Broth, Chicken Base, Turmeric, And Bay Leaf. Tomatillo Sauce (Tomatillos, Water, Serrano Pepper, Onion, Green Onion, Salsa Blend (Garlic, Salt, White Vinegar), Canola Oil, Oregan, Cilantro, Garlic, Salt, Black Pepper, Cumin, Rice Flour, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate). (Allergens: Soy and Dairy).

Red Chile Beef Tamales – Masa (Corn, Water, Lime), Lard, Red Chile Puree, Salt, Beef, Red Chili Puree, Beef Broth, Lard, Garlic, Water, Canola Oil, Cayenne Pepper, Rice Flour, Bay Leaves, Salt. Red Chile Sauce (Red Chile Paste, Water, Rice Flour, Canola Oil, Salt.)

Red Chile Pork Tamales – Masa (Corn, Water, Lime), Lard, Red Chile Puree, Salt.pork, Red Chili Puree, Beef Broth, Lard, Garlic, Water, Canola Oil, Cayenne Pepper, Rice Flour, Bay Leaves, Salt. Red Chile Sauce (Red Chile Paste, Water, Rice Flour, Canola Oil, Salt.)

Hola Hemp Original Tamales – Cream Of Corn, Maseca, Green Chiles, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Nopalitos, White Corn, Quinoa, Vegan Cheese (Filtered Water, Tapioca Flour, Expeller Pressed Non-GMO Canola And/or Safflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Pea Protein, Salt, Vegan Natural Flavors, Inactive Yeast, Vegetable Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide), Hemp Seeds, Flax Seeds, Nutritional Yeast, Sea Salt, Chia Seeds. Tomatillo Sauce (Tomatillos, Water, Serrano Pepper, Onion, Green Onion, Salsa Blend (Garlic, Salt, White Vinegar), Canola Oil, Oregan, Cilantro, Garlic, Salt, Black Pepper, Cumin, Rice Flour, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate)

Vegan Hola Hemp Chipotle Tamales – Masa (Corn, Water, Lime), Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vegan Mozzarella (Filtered Water, Coconut Oil, Food Starch-modified (Potato & Tapioca), Potato Starch, Calcium Citrate, Sea Salt, Mozzarella Flavor, Sorbic Acid And/or Olive Extract, Beta Carotene), Chipotle Peppers, Red Roasted Anaheim Peppers, Cactus, Quinoa, Hemp Hearts, Flax Seeds, Sea Salt, Nutritional Yeast, Chia Seeds. Red Chile Sauce (Red Chile Paste, Water, Rice Flour, Canola Oil, Salt)

Vegan Red Chile Jackfruit Tamales – Masa (Corn, Water, And Lime), All-vegetable Shortening (Soybean Oil, Fully Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Palm Oil, Mono And Diglycerides, Tbhq And Citric Acid), Red Chile Puree, Salt. Jackfruit, Red Chili Puree, Vegetable Broth, All-vegetable Shortening (Soybean Oil, Fully Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Palm Oil, Mono And Diglycerides, Tbhq And Citric Acid), Garlic, Canola Oil, Cayenne Pepper, Rice Flour, Bay Leaves And Salt. Red Chile Sauce (Red Chile Paste, Water, Rice Flour, Canola Oil, Salt).(Allergens: Soy).

Sunflower Chicken Tamales – Masa (Corn, Water And Lime), Lard, Cooked Chicken (Water, Chicken, Onions, Green Chiles, Garlic, Carrots, Celery, Salt, Chicken Base (Salt, Rendered Chicken Fat With Natural Flavoring, Sugar, Water, Cornstarch, Onion, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Chicken), Bay Leaves, Black Pepper, Red Chile Paste, Water, Rice Flour, Canola Oil, And Salt), Chicken Broth, Chicken Base, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seed Flour, And Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Sunflower Pipian Sauce (Red Chile Paste, Water, Rice Flour, Canola Oil, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seed Flour, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, And Salt.) (Allergens: Soy).

Seasonal Pumpkin Spice Dessert Tamales – Masa (Corn, Lime And Water), All-vegetable Shortening (Soybean Oil, Fully Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Palm Oil, Mono And Diglycerides, Tbhq And Citric Acid), Condensed Milk, Sugar, Cinnamon, Vanilla Extract, Pumpkin, And Cloves. Cranberry Sauce (Cranberries, Orange Marmalade, Water, Sugar, Cinnamon, Clove, Corn Starch.) (Allergens: Milk And Soy)

Vegan Hazelnut Dessert Tamales – Masa (Corn, Water, Lime), Canola Oil, Vegan Butter (Vegetable Oil Blend (Palm Fruit, Canola, And Olive Oils), Water, Salt, Contains Less Than 2% Of Natural Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Lactic Acid (To Preserve Freshness), Anatto Extract (Color)), Salt, White Sugar, Hazelnut Spread (Hazelnut, Sugar (May Contain Traces Of Other Nuts)), Hazelnut Syrup (Pure Cane Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Sea Salt) (Allergens: Tree Nuts), Spread (Hazelnut, Sugar.) (May contain trace amounts of other tree nuts)

Instructions / Storage

  • Tamales ship frozen with ice packs, may thaw in transit
  • Upon arrival, place tamales and sauce/spread pouch in the freezer or defrost in the refrigerator overnight if they will be enjoyed the next day.
  • Once thawed, tamales can be refrigerated for 5 days or can be left frozen up to 10 months.

To Serve

To Steam

  • Pour 1" (2.5 cm) of water into a large pot (approx. 10 quarts) and add a steamer basket.
  • Leave frozen tamales wrapped in the husk and paper wrap then arrange one dozen tamales vertically in the pot/basket so they are standing up.
  • Bring the water in the pot to a boil then cover and reduce the heat to low and simmer the tamales for 45-60 min or until the center of the tamale reaches 165 F.
  • While tamales are steaming, bring 4 cups of water to a boil and submerge sealed sauce pouch for approx 10 min or until 165 F. Remove with tongs; pouch will be very hot.
  • Unwrap the tamales from the paper & husk and then drizzle a small about of sauce over each one.
  • Enjoy!

To Microwave

  • Leave two tamales wrapped in husk and paper, then heat in microwave on high for approx 2 min if frozen and 1 min if thawed.
  • Run frozen sauce pouch under hot water until it is loose enough to transfer into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for approx 2 min stirring once halfway through.
  • Unwrap the tamales from the paper & husk and then drizzle a small about of sauce over each one.
  • Enjoy!
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