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Tamales: A Texas Tradition

In Texas, we don’t break bread, we break tear a tortilla. Nuestra comida y cultura; that’s what brings us together, that is the bond and yeah, manteca too. 😉 I wanted to share some good vibes and know that in these difficult times, we have to support each other, fight and take action. Meanwhile, let’s warm up the soul over the holidays with our communities, tacos y tamales.


Tamales are part of Texas culture and tradition. Ellen Riojas Clark, Ph.D., former UTSA professor and co-author of “Tamales, Comadres and the Meaning of Civilization,” has been making tamales for over 57 years. She invited Beef Loving Texans to her home in San Antonio for one of her famous tamaladas.

For step-by-step instructions on how to throw your own tamalada, click here.



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Shelley Seale

Shelley Seale is a freelance journalist and author in Austin who has written for National Geographic, USA Today, EAT Magazine, TravelFinder, The Guardian and Texas Monthly, among others. She loves food, travel, yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. Shelley has performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, she doesn’t know how to whistle.


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