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Old 04-26-2006, 04:16 PM   #1
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Question Does anyone remember "Red's Tamales?"

Oh, in the late 1960's, through the 70's and maybe part of the 80's there used to be frozen tamales that came in like a 6-pack called "Red's Tamales." This was also back when there were tamales in a can that you had to boil the can to heat. Red's Tamales were wrapped in a paper "husk" and you would boil them to heat them up (pre-microwave days). Red's didn't really have any chunks of meat, there was this red paste (looked like a dark tomato paste) that was meat flavored as the filling and yellow-colored masa. Does anyone remember them? I assume the company no longer exists? Who manufactured them?
Anyone got a similar recipe for "Red's Tamales" -- not just any tamale recipe will do. I can find tamale recipes. It's just gotta taste like Red's.
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Old 05-05-2006, 12:57 PM   #2
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Red's Tamales

Hi there....I do remember Red's Tamales...fondly. We used to get them at school for lunch. They originally had a paper wrapper and we poked a hole in them and squeezed out that great masa and paste. They later ended up in stores in a plastic wrapper. I haven't seen them in years. I am now in Southern California and I don't think that they ever made it this far. I have tasted that same flavor in something else, however........try Chili's chile. If you agree let me know. Maybe we can come up with a recipe of our own.

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Old 05-05-2006, 12:58 PM   #3
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I just noticed the title under my user name....nobody in their right mind would allow me to be their assistant!
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Old 05-05-2006, 02:00 PM   #4
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While they're not "Red's", you can still find canned paper-husk-wrapped tamales in nearly any/every grocery store. Although of course these days all you have to do is pry them out of the can & nuke them, then remove the mad-hot paper wrappings - lol!! I still like them tho, once in awhile. Sort of nostalgic.
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Old 05-05-2006, 02:36 PM   #5
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Hormel makes tamales (wrapped in paper) in a can like what you are describing.
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Old 03-01-2007, 01:53 AM   #6
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tuesday is reds tamales day

boy howdy, ol Reds tamales was a bay area icon . boiled them then opened em with the built in zipper and wallah, instant heartburn. been a long time, last or similar tamale like that is garabaldis.
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Old 07-15-2007, 06:45 PM   #7
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I remember Red's Tamales! I lived in Sacramento, Calif. then. I sure do miss them, they were my favorites every time I went to Grandma's house. I would love to be in on recreating them for sure.
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:08 PM   #8
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Oh yes! Red's tamales were great. We could get them when I lived in Modesto about 20 years ago, but I haven't seen them since.

My grandmother used to make a wonderful "luncheon dish" for her craft circle that was the Hormel canned tamales removed from their paper and cut in thirds, mixed with a can of golden hominy and a can of cream of chicken soup. She'd put it all in a casserole and top with some grated cheese and bake until bubbly. Darn that was good. I'll still make it on one of those nights when we need comfort food.
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Old 07-22-2008, 09:11 PM   #9
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Talking Red's Tamales

I sure do remember these. In the '50s, we'd get them for a nickel at the school store in Alameda. They were made by John Redding in Oakland. I don't know what happened to them, probably sold to a larger company that changed the name.

I'm writing this on Tuesday, which is Red's Tamales Day, of course.

Betcha you can't eat only one.
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Old 07-29-2008, 05:53 PM   #10
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Red's Tamales: John Redding?

This is the first time I have heard of a specific name associated with Red's Tamales. Anyone out there have more info? We still haven't found that magic recipe! and still seeking . . .

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