I happened upon La Guadalupana "La Casa de la Mesa" today on 4637 S. Archer and I stopped in to see what sort of tamales they had. As the name implies they have a lot of tamale ingredients for sale. In the back there is a heated container with bags and bags of tamales-$7 for a dozen. There were 6 kinds and I was told to mix and match if I wanted. There were hot and mild versions of chicken and pork as well as strawberry and a pineapple-coconut. I tried everything except the pineapple-cococunt. I regret that from an experience standpoint, although I doubt I would have enjoyed it. Anyway, the chicken and pork were OK, a little dry but good flavored meat. I might be a little jaded now as my most recent tamales were from the famed maroon van which blew me away. The strawberry tamale, on the other hand, was a bit strange. The flavor was VERY strawberry and kind of good---but very dry. So dry that I really couldn't finish it. I've never seen strawberry tamales before. Any other places that have these that are good?
The bag they put the tamales in says they have a another, bigger, location on 3215 W 26th St.
Also, any word on the papusas a few blocks north on Archer at the El Salvadoran place?