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Vegetarian Cheese Tamales
updated: Feb 04, 2013, 2:39 PM

Does anyone know a good place to get cheese tamales in town (no meat)?


Places People Are Talking About:

CostcoLos AgavesNatural Cafe

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 370722 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 02:47 PM

Costco has really good Jalepeno cheese ones

 

 COMMENT 370723 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 02:49 PM

Make them yourself. la Bella Rosa bakery on the westside sells vegetarian masa.

 

 COMMENT 370727 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 02:54 PM

Trader Joe's has cheese and Cheese and Chilli variety in frozen foods section

 

 COMMENT 370728 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 02:56 PM

Trader Joes has the best ones in my opinion.

 

 COMMENT 370732 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 02:58 PM

Costco has the best ones in my opinion.

 

 COMMENT 370735 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 03:02 PM

I make excellent chili & cheese.

 

 COMMENT 370737 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 03:10 PM

Daniel's bakery on De La Vina (above Alamar) has a sign in their window saying they have cheese tamales. No idea if they are truly vegetarian though.

 

 COMMENT 370738 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 03:13 PM

rudy's rajas tamales are my favorite!

 

 COMMENT 370741P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 03:28 PM

Darn-now I'm hungry for a tamale!

 

 COMMENT 370742 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 03:31 PM

I'll 'third' that opinion about Trader Joe's tamales.
DONT microwave them-steam them in a steamer for 20 minutes-perfecto! and dont waste time on the Chicken tamales-blehhh

 

 COMMENT 370748 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 03:47 PM

Los agaves maybe

 

 COMMENT 370749 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 03:50 PM

A good place or a good tamale?

 

 COMMENT 370755 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 03:57 PM

723, that wasn't the question. If they wanted to make the tamales themselves, I would assume they would have just made them and not asked the question to begin with.

Why do some people feel the need to answer questions that aren't asked in the first place?

OP, I second 737's suggestion about Daniel's and also I agree with those who say the TJ's cheese tamales are pretty good, too. Nothing close to authentic, but pretty darn good!

 

 COMMENT 370756 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 03:59 PM

Do you have any Mexican friends? I have dozens of them, and no fewer than 4 of them have family members that make tamales (cheese and others). Ask around. These homemade tamales put Costco and Trader Joe's tamales to shame...and they cost less.

 

 COMMENT 370760 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 04:07 PM

756, what is your point? That out of dozens of Mexican friends, 4 make great tamales? Cool story.

But the question still remains where to buy them! I can't imagine asking my Mexican friends (and I AM half Mexican) to make me tamales every week.

I don't understand why this question is so hard for some people to get!

 

 COMMENT 370776 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 05:02 PM

We've enjoyed dozens of tamales made locally from a new business "Food For My Soul."

They're tamales made like they're made in Belize. Delicious!

http://www.foodformysoul.net/tamales/

 

 COMMENT 370791 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 06:26 PM

770, 760 here. I see what you mean, now. And fwiw, I didn't think anything was removal-worthy on your comment. But I think there were plenty of good suggestions here.

 

 COMMENT 370793 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 06:54 PM

The lady that sold in my neighborhood had the best cheese tamales. She rolled around with a baby stroller. Lift up the blanket and there was a pot of hot tamales! 3 for $5. Potato toacos were good too. She prolly got caught... I haven't seen her in a long time.

Where are you tamale lady?!

TAMALES! TAMALES!

 

 COMMENT 370801 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 07:17 PM

Call the Natural Cafe on State St or in Goleta. Theirs are vegetarian and I think they can make them just the way *you* like them.

If you are looking for a retail store that sells them, I second Costco or TJ's.

 

 WAHINE agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 07:20 AM

Los Agaves has great veggie tamales!

 

 COMMENT 370885 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 07:50 AM

Unlicensed street vendors can be good for this, but just don't mind the bacterial contamination.

 

 COMMENT 371000 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 10:55 AM

Costco? Really??? A mega-chain corporation has the best tamales? I'm afraid you might need to check your palate...Yikes! BUY LOCAL. You'll be so much better off!

 

 COMMENT 371122 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 03:56 PM

La super rica has a really good veggie tamales ; )

 

 COMMENT 371138P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 04:17 PM

Tamales are steamed a good long while -- I don't think any bugs can survive. The street vendors have the best delicate masa wrapping around the cheese interior, eaten when they're brand new hot, that can't be rivalled by anything frozen.

 

 COMMENT 371142 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 04:21 PM

I hate to spoil it for you all--I loves me some tamales--but most tamales are GMO. Almost all yellow corn is now genetically engineered. Thank you Monsanto!

 

 COMMENT 371154 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 04:38 PM

885, bacterial contamination? Check out the recall list for every major grocery store chain in the past few months. Mass marketed food is just as dangerous - if not moreso - than hand made food. Also, I'd trust people whose livelihood depends on repeat business than a bigger chain, in certain instances.

000, they aren't authentic by any means, but they do make a good tamale for sale at Costco. Try it, you might like it. As for local, two months ago, the tamales they had were from Ventura. So, your argument is a bit under-researched!

 

 COMMENT 371180 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 05:46 PM

There's no meat in town? Did you try La Cuca's? They've got a nice display case full of meats.

 

 COMMENT 371327 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 09:14 AM

I don't know why people on here have to police others comments. Worry about yourself! As far as making tamales, if you like them enough you learn how to make them, it's as simple as that! Mexican or not!

 

 SEEDLADY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 12:23 PM

re: the GMO comment; most of the importers for restaurants sell white corn for tamale masa making. There's a supplier in Santa Maria on Blosser near Betteravia. Have no idea if its' GMO or not, but it's "superior white corn for authentic masa".

Now I'm hungry for tamales too. I make them but can't get that fluffy texture to the masa. mmm mmm good!

 

 

 

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