Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Chaparro’s Tamales so authentic?

We use only ingredients you would find in your pantry. Each variety contains no more than 10 ingredients. Pure, simple, authentic.

Why is each tamale in a box a different size?

Actually, they are all the same weight. Because we hand wrap them in a traditional corn husk, each and every Chaparro’s Tamale is unique in shape. Sure, it would be cheaper to machine-wrap them in a synthetic wrapper, but that’s not something we would feed our families and don’t think you would want to either.

How much of each tamale is meat?

Over half the weight of every tamale is meat.

What are the quality standards for Chaparro’s Tamales ingredients?

We subject every supplier to an extensive quality evaluation and constantly inspect every batch of ingredients before they go into production.

  • No preservatives, fillers, or colorings
  • Gluten free
  • No added sugars or sweeteners
  • Non-GMO
  • No added sulfites

What is the best way to prepare tamales?

Our preferred cooking method is steaming (over a few inches of boiling water), but they taste great out of the microwave for quicker preparation. One guy we know swears by cooking them on the edge of a grill while he’s cooking steaks to serve as a side dish.

Aren’t all tamales wrapped in a corn husk?

Actually, no. Many other commercial brands wrap their tamales in a plastic sheath because it’s less expensive and mechanized.

So, why does Chaparro’s still hand-wrap in a corn husk?

Because that’s the traditional way Lulu was taught to make tamales and she insists.


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