Tamale Taste-Off celebrates Mexican heritage - WNEM TV 5

Tamale Taste-Off celebrates Mexican heritage

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Mid-Michigan residents got a taste of authentic Mexican food at La Union Civica Mexicana's 6th annual Tamale Taste-Off on Sunday, Nov. 30.

The standard tamale consists of a pork filling mixed with a chile sauce wrapped in a corn husk filled with dough. Organizers hosting the event say it's meant to showcase our area's tamale experts.

"If anyone has ever made tamales by scratch, they know the work involved," said Union Civica President Angela Blanco. "We are displaying a great tradition that originated with the great Aztec and Mayan cultures and want to educate the community on what is a good tamale."

Maria Hesse says she grew up making tamales with her mother, and now the taste-off has become a family tradition.

"Two years ago I lost mother and we started doing them here just to honor her and keep on making them," Hesse said.

Participants were able to sample each vendor's tamales, vote for their favorite, and purchase some to take home.

The winner will receive a plaque to hang in their establishment, proclaiming their business as "The Makers of the Best Tamales in Saginaw."

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