September 21, 2020
I purchased this little guy from the refrigerated section of my local 99 cent store for $1.49 because it looked like it would taste pretty good and the ingredients were simple. There were 2 flavors: see my review of the Pork in Red Sauce tamale.
I popped this in the microwave for 1 minute and 15 seconds and offered it to my fiance to try. He said he’s not really a “tamale guy” and that his favorite part of all tamales, the meaty inside, is always so scarce and that the outside, the maiz, is dry and never tasty.
When eating it, he played some Mexican restaurant music and swears the tamale tasted better after.
I tried a little and it wasn’t bad, I actually liked it a lot better than the pork in red sauce one, but it might’ve been because I warmed it up longer to try to combat the dryness. The maiz actually tasted a little buttery and the chicken was obviously real meat.
The macros are more fat-heavy (which would explain the reduced dryness and more pronounced buttery flavor): 14 grams of fat but only 5 grams are saturated, 15 grams of carbs (2 grams of which are fiber), and 10 grams of protein, 220 total calories.
The maiz didn’t crumble as bad as its red sauce cousin. It paired exceptionally well with our Los Calientes hot sauce.
Overall, I would not buy these again, but they’re really not bad. Maybe not the healthiest or cheapest option, but an adventurous one for us.
See products from the Del Real brand here.