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Las Vegas Food Truck Serving Up BIRRIA-STUFFED Tamales

Birria has been booming in the food scene outside of those in the know recently. For those that have been up on it, they’ll probably tell you, “What took y’all so long?”

And I get it, birria, from its origins in Jalisco, Mexico to the widespread appeal it enjoys today, is something that shouldn’t be treated as some new trend. Proponents (which I assume would be pretty much anyone that’s had it because it’s f*cking delicious) will extoll the virtues of its savory allure all day, all the while pointing you in every direction to where you can enjoy it in different iterations and contemporary takes. This then can take you into a fantastic journey that will have you feasting through creative takes like birria ramen and birria pizza.

However, keep going further in that journey and you might find yourself in Las Vegas, Nevada, just like I did, where birria takes on the form of tamales. Yes, the concept of birria has now found a home inside a warm tamal, with melty cheese as its roommate, all courtesy of El Tamalucas, the city’s first tamale food truck.

Since opening El Tamalucas in 2014, owner Saul Talavera has innovated his recipes and expanded the repertoire of his takes on the iconic dish, which include unique selections like chicken alfredo tamales and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos tamales. His next hit is the BirriQueso Tamale Dunkers, which I described earlier, and is a holy trinity of birria, consomé, and cheese. My mouth just watered typing out that sentence and now I’m fighting the urge to buy a plane ticket to Las Vegas. That’s because these tamales were one of the best things I’d eaten this year and the memories of having it look like a rush of the rich, bold consomé-soaked, cheese and birria-stuffed tamale cascading down my greedy gullet.

If you’re trying to catch a glorious fever dream off one bite, absolutely look up El Tamalucas when you’re out making questionable decisions in Las Vegas.

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Pitch-Black Dessert Tamales Are The Treat YOU Want For Dia De Los Muertos


It’s tradition on Dia De Los Muertos to place ofrendas, or offerings, on altars so that deceased ancestors will come back and visit their families. Tamales, in both sweet and savory form, are one of the most common foods used as an ofrenda, making these dessert tamales a colorful and tasty offering for both eating and placing on the family altar.

This version of a dessert tamal evokes the colors and tastes of fall, utilizing both orange and white sweet potatoes as the chief components of the filling.

For an extra hit of sweetness, OREOs are incorporated into both the masa and creamy interior. Activated coconut charcoal also gives the masa a deep black hue, making the tamales as vibrant as they are flavorful.

You can get all of the ingredients to make these dessert tamales at Northgate Market, who will be launching a holiday cookbook with this recipe and more in early December. If you want to make the tamales before then, though, the full recipe is below.

Servings: 15

Ingredients

25 corn husks
26 Oreo cookies, just the cookie
2 1/2 pounds plain masa

¾ cup granulated sugar
2 ½ Tbsp activated coconut charcoal
¼ cup evaporated milk

For the orange filling

Creamy filling of 26 Oreo cookies

1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 egg
1/2 cup dark brown sugar

For the white filling

Creamy filling of 26 oreo cookies

1 pound white sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 egg
10 tablespoons powdered sugar

For the drizzle topping

1 bottle Cacique Crema Mexicana

1 cup powdered sugar

Directions

Step 1

Combine corn husks and enough water to cover in a large bowl. Soak overnight.

Step 2

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add sweet potatoes and cook for 25-30 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.

Step 3

Separate each Oreo cookie, scrape off creamy filling and place in a separate bowl. Place cookies in a food processor and process until a small crumble texture (about 1 ½ cups of crumbled cookie). Set creamy filling aside.

Step 4
Place masa in a large bowl. Add evaporated milk and mix with a hand held mixer on a slow setting. Add cookie crumbles in ½ cup increments, add charcoal in tablespoons increments, add sugar in increments as well. Continue mixing until color is evenly distributed.  

Step 5

In another large bowl, combine creamy filling, egg, cream cheese, brown sugar, and sweet potatoes. Mix with a whisk or electric mixer until all ingredients are completely incorporated. Repeat this step with the white sweet potato mixture.

Step 6
Drain corn husks and pat dry. On a working surface, place husk with pointy side towards you.  Scoop ½ cup masa mixture on husk and spread with a spoon or masa spreader, leaving a 1 ½ inch border on the sides, place 2 tablespoons sweet potato mixture on the center. Fold one side of corn husk over filling then fold the other side, overlapping. Fold the pointed side up and turn over to keep it from unfolding. Use a piece of corn husk to tie if necessary. Repeat with remaining corn husks.

Step 7

Arrange tamales upright in a steamer. Fill with hot water right below the rack and heat over medium heat. Cover top of tamales with a layer of remaining husks and a damp towel; cover with lid, bring to a boil and reduce to medium, adding water as needed. Steam for 90 minutes. Remove tamales from steaming. Let cool before serving.       

Step 8

Optional: to make a creamy drizzle topping, add powdered sugar to crema mexicana and drizzle on tamales.


Created in partnership with Northgate Markets. 

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These Loaded Breakfast Tamales Can Only Be Found At Playlist Live’s New Food Festival

Foodbeast and Hubert’s Lemonade are bringing a mouthwatering new food festival to Playlist Live in Orlando: BRUNCHFEST. The name says it all and one of the dishes we’re most excited to sink our teeth into are these loaded breakfast tamales.

Created by Tamale Co., the breakfast begins with two tamales of your choice, rice, and beans. The bowl is then smothered in salsa verde and topped with chorizo, cheese, and sour cream. Finally, it’s stacked with two fried eggs covered in even more chorizo and roasted poblano peppers.

In short, it’s essentially everything we love about Mexican breakfast in one serving.

To compliment the savory and spicy dish, the Loaded Tamales are paired with Hubert’s Watermelon Lemonade. You may need a second bottle, if you’re planning on conquering this bowl.

The Loaded Breakfast Tamales were created for Foodbeast’s Brunchfest, presented by Hubert’s Lemonade at Playlist Live. Brunchfest will be running in the Food Truck Area from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, April 28th, and Sunday, April 29th.

Tickets to the event, happening at the Orlando World Center Marriott, are still available.

Photos by Michael Priestley


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Woman Hospitalized After Binge-Eating 20 Tamales At Once

It is a Mexican tradition to spend the holidays binge-eating tamales to your heart’s content, but that very tradition turned south — south of the border, that is — as a Mexican woman was hospitalized for eating 20 tamales in one sitting.

The 25-year-old woman got food poisoning Christmas Eve, and officials say that it was due to the large amount of tamales she had consumed.

Even more messed up is the video provided by Azteca Sonora, where Jose Luis Osegueda from the Red Cross straight up starts giggling when talking about the incident.

In the Spanish interview, Osegueda said that this was an extremely rare case, but confirmed the woman arrived at the facility “intoxicated.”

It’s usually cute hyperbole to say you were eating 20 tamales at a time, but actually doing it is another thing.

If you love tamales as much as I do, it might be a good idea to pace yourself. They probably taste better when you chew, as opposed to swallowing them whole — doing your best Sasha Grey impression.

Featured photo by Lex Barraza/Instagram

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7 Holiday Foods That Prove Northgate Market Is A Mexican Food Wonderland

There are many aspects of the holiday season that bring us joy. But let’s face it, we all know that food is by far the best part of this time of year. So, as family starts pouring into town, be sure to include these holiday foods during your next trip to Northgate Market.  

1. Champurrado and Ponche Navideno

These warm, liquid treats are the perfect way to ring in the holiday season. Ponche Navideno is a traditional holiday beverage known for its hints of cinnamon and citrus, and will definitely keep you warm during the cold winter months.  

2. Rosca De Reyes 

This traditional Spanish American pastry is a symbol of the seasonal celebration of the holiday season.  

3. Pozole

Northgate Market always has pozole ready to go – this hearty Mexican soup is a traditional favorite. With large chunks of shredded pork, cabbage, chile, onions and radishes, pozole is perfect for any occasion.  

4. Churros

Who doesn’t love churros? These sweet and sugary treats are exclusively made in-house at all Northgate Market locations.  

5. Buñuelos

This traditional wafer-thin pastry is usually topped with cinnamon and sugar and drenched in caramel to create a mouth-watering holiday treat no one will be able to resist.   

6. Tamales

Tamales are one of the most popular holiday foods. These steaming hot treats are irresistible no matter what time of year it is. Northgate specializes in supplying everything you’ll need to get your holiday tamale party started, whether it’s starting from scratch or just grabbing a variety.  

7. Concha Bread Basket

This decorative bread basket is just as cute as it is delicious. Stuffed with colorful pan dulce, this festive bread basket can be used as a festive holiday gift, or just a decorative centerpiece that will keep the family snacking for days.     

Feliz Navidad!

Photos by Peter Pham


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Watch American Kids Try Authentic Mexican Food For The First Time

The kids from Cut are quickly building some pretty cultured palates with every new video they drop. The little tykes have had the opportunity to try authentic foods from Japan, the Philippines, breakfast around the world, and even Christmas foods.

Now, they’ll get to feast on some mouthwatering dishes from Mexico.

In their latest video, the panel of children get to taste some iconic Mexican entrees and desserts for the first time in their short little lives. Dishes featured in the video include: Molletes (bread topped with cheese and peppers ), Tamales (meat-filled masa husks), Pozole (soup featuring hominy and meat), and Flan (sweet custard dessert).

Kind of an awesome line-up.

Perhaps on their next venture, the kids can try some different cuts of taco meat. We’re talking cabeza (cow head), suadero (cow breast), and lengua (cow tongue) kind of tacos.

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No One Knew Neiman Marcus Was Also An Expensive Online Grocery Store

Up until this point, department store Neiman Marcus had been known for carrying expensive designer clothing that catered to a more wealthy clientele. However, it’s been revealed that the high-end retailer has discretely been selling more than just luxurious garments and unmentionables.

We’re not quite sure when this happened, but we became aware that Neiman Marcus is currently selling frozen handmade tamales for $92 — plus shipping for $18 — on its website.

Neiman_MarcusTamales

Marketed as, Red River Tamales by Pedro’s Tamales INC., the Red River Tamales come with a choice of beef, chicken, pork or assorted. However, it doesn’t stop with the tamales. Not even close.

We learned quickly that the well-established department store had built an entire line of food products advertised as “Gourmet Food” that contained subcategories listed as, “Meat and Poultry”, “Complete Meals,” and “Boxed Treats” on its website.

From boxed chocolates to a $72 Enchilada dinner, the list is seemingly endless. There’s even breakfast options that you can order. So, next time you’re browsing for a pair of Gucci heels or Christian Louboutin red bottoms, add an Alewel’s Country Meats 5-lb. Stuffed Beef Tenderloin, for only $320, plus $32.00 for shipping. The Stuffed Beef Tenderloin looks pretty standard and the website indicates it will feed 10-12 people, at 7 oz. per person.

That’s about $32.00 a person, which seems steep, because that doesn’t include, a side or a beverage.

Described as a, “beef tenderloin stuffed with a mix of julienned bell peppers, spinach, mushrooms, and feta cheese,” and includes a “16 ounce truffled red-wine sauce.”

It’s hard to determine what the most astonishing part is. It could be the fact that Neiman Marcus considers itself a legitimate food retailer that employs a food “buying team.”

In an interview with the Huffington Post, a spokesperson said the company outsources its food from “a variety of different vendors,” then Neiman Marcus’ “buying team determines what they consider the very best that [they] can offer,” a spokesperson recently told the Huffington Post.

However there are limits to Neiman Marcus’ culinary reach. The company only delivers perishable items on certain days, “to ensure freshness,” meaning some perishable items cannot be delivered on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or on holidays.

Leave it to Neiman Marcus to make ordering food online as trendy as celebrities wearing Calvin Klein underwear. Maybe they should consider a name change to, “Neiman Market.”