¡HICA!'s Annual Holiday Tamale Sale
Did you miss our tamales last year? We have good news! This year ¡HICA! will have it's annual tamale sale and you can start ordering on Thanksgiving Day.
- November 26th (Thanksgiving Day) - December 11th
Types of tamales available:
- December 18th, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at ¡HICA!'s office
- Pork with red sauce
- Chicken with green sauce
- Pepper and cheese
- A tamale, or tamal in proper singular form in Spanish, is a traditional Latin American dish made out of masa(usually corn-based dough) with a filling, typically of beef, pork, or chiles, that is steamed in a corn or plaintain leaf wrapper.
- Tamale-making is a day long process, and thus reserved for the most special of occasions. The dough/masa, is made of cornmeal and lard seasoned with cumin, onions, and chiles. The dough is complemented by a filing which can range from savory to sweet. The most common varieties are beef, chicken, and green pepper/chile.
¡HICA!'s history with tamales:
- The meat must simmer for hours until extremely tender before being seasoned with garlic, chili peppers, cumin, and other spices. Likewise, green chiles must be roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped to create the filling. The filled dough is then carefully wrapped by hand in a softened corn husk that is steamed before serving. Fortunately, given all the labor of love that tamales require, they freeze excellently and can easily be served for future meals.
What started in one of our volunteers' kitchens in 2002 is now an annual event, our famous tamale sale. Many years ago ¡HICA! founders made tamales from scratch to raise money for an organization that was growing. The tamale sale is what we have came to be known for in the community.
It brings ¡HICA! great happiness to sell authentic tamales every holiday season so Alabamians can enjoy delicious tamales while supporting the social, civic and economic integration of Alabama's Hispanic families.
Fun Facts about Tamales:
- Tamales date back to the time of the Aztecs
- Tamales can be sweet with fillings such as cinnamon and raisin or fruit
- There are around 1,000 types of tamales available all around Mexico. Every region has its own variety of tamales.
- In Mexico, tamales are often eaten during festivities, such as La Candelaria Day (February 2), Mexican Independence Day, the Day of the Dead, Las Posadas and Christmas
- A Mexican tamale called the zacahuil is three feet long and weighs about 150 pounds (see picture to the right).
- Tamales are not only part of Mexican culture, they are also part of Latin American culture.