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Old 01-26-2010, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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Arrow Mexican Tamales versus Enchiladas

I'm looking at a site, Mexican food and Mexican recipes at MexGrocer.com and I'm trying to figure out what the difference is between a tamale and an enchilada. I'm looking for an authentic recipe versus something off the back of a box and that's how I found this site. Anyone know the difference?
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:11 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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A tamal in Mexico is composed of masa that has either a (cooked) savory or sweet filling, then is wrapped in a corn husk or banana leaf and steamed.

An enchilada is a rolled corn tortilla with a filling of meat, cheese or both that is then sauced with either a red or green chile based sauce or, for enchiladas suizas, a cream based sauce.
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:16 AM
 
Location: SouthCentral Texas
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I'm looking at a site, Mexican food and Mexican recipes at MexGrocer.com and I'm trying to figure out what the difference is between a tamale and an enchilada. I'm looking for an authentic recipe versus something off the back of a box and that's how I found this site. Anyone know the difference?


Tamal...Ground corn dough, filled , then wraped in a corn husk or banana leaf...then steamed.



An Enchilada is a commercial made corn tortilla, filled, covered in sauce and cheese...
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:59 PM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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That about sums it up

In general, enchiladas are easier to prepare. Both are delicious
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Old 01-26-2010, 01:54 PM
 
Location: S.A., Texas ~ Home of the HUD secretary farm~
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Both are equally delicious and nothing else compares. Tamales especially are a totally different eating experience. Fortunately, living in San Antonio, Texas I have plenty of sources for both.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Both are equally delicious and nothing else compares. Tamales especially are a totally different eating experience. Fortunately, living in San Antonio, Texas I have plenty of sources for both.
Rub it in, rub it in to us midwesterners that don't have that access.
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:52 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I live in San Antonio, and greatly prefer Enchiladas.
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Rub it in, rub it in to us midwesterners that don't have that access.
You need to move to a midwestern town with a large Hispanic population! I've always lived in towns in the heartland that are heavy on mom n' pop taquerias, and it's heaven.

Tamales are nirvana on a plate (esp pork tamales), and enchiladas are only okay, by comparison, IMO. I like enchiladas suizas best of the enchiladas, though.
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:03 PM
 
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You need to move to a midwestern town with a large Hispanic population! I've always lived in towns in the heartland that are heavy on mom n' pop taquerias, and it's heaven.

Tamales are nirvana on a plate (esp pork tamales), and enchiladas are only okay, by comparison, IMO. I like enchiladas suizas best of the enchiladas, though.
Pork tamales rock! Use to have a local supply but not anymore.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:33 PM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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Delicious Tamales in San Antonio ships worldwide, google it

One enchilada tip many forget or don't know, you need to soften the corn torts in hot oil before you roll them or they will crumble and break.

Canned enchi sauce makes nice ones, but for real TexMex you need homemade brown "gravy" sauce with beef, plenty of good recipes out there.
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