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Tamales: A Mesoamerican tradition

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Next time you order a tamale at El Chubby’s Mexican restaurant in Aurora, savor the fact that you’re enjoying an ancient dish that originated in Mesoamerica thousands of years ago.

Comprised of a corn dough called masa, tamales are filled with an assortment of meats, cheeses, vegetables or fruits, then wrapped in a corn husk and steamed. The ancient Aztec, Mayan, Olmec, and Toltec civilizations considered themselves to be people of corn, and so tamales were regarded as a sacred food of the gods. Tamales were not only regularly enjoyed as a meal but often played important roles in rituals.

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