#TweetYourTamales lit up Twitter this holiday weekend after The New Yorker published “The Comfort of Tamales at the End of 2017.” Writer Gustavo Arellano wrote this stellar piece of our age-old tradition of making tamales with our loved one, and how despite all the crap that Latinos have endured this year thanks to the Trump administration, tamales brings it all back home.
“At the end of 2017, a year of persistent chaos and anxiety for Mexican-Americans, tamales are a special kind of comfort food, and the tamalada a time for reflection,” Gustavo writes. “A friend recently told me that she and her sisters did their tamalada on Black Friday instead of Christmas this year, ‘because we just wanted a time-out.’ Her husband had lost his job in the fall; she had taken to driving a Lyft. ‘I’m just stress-eating tamales right now,’ she told me.”
Gustavo’s story blew up on social media and other Latinos just wanted to share their own tamal story and pictures. While #TweetYourTamales seems to have started back in 2014, by Gustavo, the hashtag has renewed thanks to his story once again.
Personally I didn’t have any tamales this holiday, but that’s what happens when you spend Christmas with the non-Latino in-laws. So this hashtag definitely had me missing home.
If you’re feeling down tonight don’t look at #tweetyourtamales because you’ll be mad about all the delicious tamales your family is not making
— Madison Underwood (@MadisonU) December 25, 2017
I wrote about the special tradition of making tamales with loved ones a couple of years ago. And, while Mexican-made tamales seem to be the most popular, or at least the most widely sold, the hashtag shows that a tamal is as unique as and diverse as our culture. We saw tamales from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Brazil, you name it.
Here’s some of our favorite #TweetYourTamales tweets.
@GustavoArellano New Mexico Red Chilli Batch #tweetyourtamales pic.twitter.com/KbBmnQj6ub
— Lisa Etta Oyama (@lisaemi) December 25, 2017
I believe this Guatemalan tamal is the best I’ve ever had. Inside, chicken on the bone, rajas, an olive and a prune. Perfect yielding masa #tweetyourtamales pic.twitter.com/oBZtkoPYbw
— Evan Kleiman (@evankleiman) December 27, 2017
The breakfast tamal
#tweetyourtamales. #postyourpozole. Leftovers from Christmas party converted to #breakfast– cheese & green chili tamales & red chicken pozole pic.twitter.com/VRXkif2bY5
— Sabor De Limòn (@jameslouisIV) December 25, 2017
With a side of champurrado
This will be our winter spread. Need to add champurrado ASAP #tweetyourtamales pic.twitter.com/aMZHYiJjK4
— manosdemaizdc™ (@manosdemaizdc) December 26, 2017
The Brazilian tamal
Here in Brasil, it’s all about pamonhas a caldinho de milho, cara. #tweetyourtamales pic.twitter.com/ltHgGkVMyY
— Bill Esparza (@streetgourmetla) December 25, 2017
In the bag! Some will be eaten over the next few days, and others, in the next few months! But they will be eaten! #tweetyourtamales pic.twitter.com/GNd4zOGwKf
— Angelina Sáenz, M.Ed, MFA (@Poet_Maestra) December 26, 2017
Chile & pork
#TweetYourTamales – Homemade Chile California & pork tamales with a Hatch chile sauce. #MerryChristmasEve – California tradition! pic.twitter.com/Wtxh7v4oHO
— Ernest Miller (@RLMProvisions) December 25, 2017
Do you have any tamal stories you’d like to share?