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A Little XLNT History

Since 1894, XLNT Foods has been a part of California’s history.

Starting out as a push cart on the side of Southern California roads, XLNT became a popular lunch time meal for some of California’s earliest residents. It was Californians’ love for the recipe that allowed XLNT to be one of the first tamales to be distributed and sold directly to grocery stores. To this day it is a staple item in Southern California grocery stores, easily recognized on the shelf by its red, white and blue packaging.

 

 XLNT has been locally owned its entire existence. We have made sure that the line remains true to tradition and serves the area that helped it to become a remembered and cherished treat to this day.

Even after all these years XLNT’s recipe remains the same. All of our tamales are cooked in small batches with our signature spice blend to create their time honored taste.

Unlike other companies who load their tamales up with the cheap stuff, we stuff our tamales full of delicious seasoned beef. Our tamales contain 60% filling, which not only gives you a better taste but also gives you a better value. We then go the extra step and cook our filling and masa together so it creates a softer and more flavorful tamale.

So whether you have grown up with us or are trying us for the first time, after one bite you’ll know why XLNT’s been making tamales for over 100 years.

 

Enjoy!

 

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September 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdemonkk

Hello,
I'm a fan of your tamales. I have eaten them since i was a kid back in the 1960's. My mother used to steam them on the stovetop to cook them. I'm glad your'e still around, and I hope you'll be around for years to come.

Regards,
Chuck Kopsho
Oceanside, California

October 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChuck Kopsho

I was born and raised in S. California. Moved to North Carolina in 1980. Have missed your tamales every since. Met up with your website this past year and missed the special that you ran, ending date being Dec 15th. I sure hate that, as I would have stocked up on XLNT tamales for my whole family of about 60 that had moved from Cali. Sure wish I could have been notified by email since it was temporary thing of shipping across U.S. I hope soon you will be able to do this on a regular basis. I already purchase linguica from a company in Massachusetts as I can't find it in California anymore since the sausage king incident some years back. Thank you for your continued service of making great products. Would just love to enjoy and share them.

January 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDale Ann Edmonds

As a child we grew up on a recipe that my mom used to make. Tamale casserole.Now is when I mention that I moved from O.C. after 42 years to a state that does not have these little gems. I cannot tell you how much my own family misses that resipe. I visit every 6 months. It is my saving grace. : )

March 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy O'Neill

We at The Lab-Ciba have been enjoying XLINT products for years, SALUTE!
Frank Green

October 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrank Green

Your tamales were a standard staple in the school cafeterias during my Jr. & High School years, 1949-55, and they always sold a ton of these, always hot and delicious. Now live in Az. and have to drive 40 miles to the Phoenix area Smart & Final to get a 6 month freezer supply.

December 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbob parks

Your tamales are the best. I loved them steamed and swimming in a bowl of the chili.

Thank you so much,

Al

December 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlluvial O. Fansome

My mother worked in the XLNT plant way back in the late 40's and early 50's. I recall the big fat round tamales that were tied with strings at the ends, inside they wwrere of course surorunded by the corn husks
I recall how there was so mych gravy and meat mixture as to the massa..... and the massa wasa just perfect! A reward for working overtime at the plant was to receive a large case of those tamales for Christmas! Usually my mother bought a few each week in the employee company store. Muy delicious!
When I go to Los angeles I take a large 10 cubic foot freezer in the back of my pickup truck and I set up an inverter to power it from down there in LA to back up here on the Central Oregon Coast.. They are like gold! he he, I hoard them the same..

December 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLowell

Any time we travel to the great state of Texas we pack a dozen of your excellent tamales for my mother in law. I just got off the phone with her and decided to go to your site to see if you shipped - what a great gift! I love that your company has been going strong, staying local, and prides itself on making a quality product enjoyed by so many. God bless, JoAnna

March 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjoanna

I wonder if you have any samples of the XLNT TV ads from the late 1950's and early 60's? I remember seeing them when I was growing up
in the Central Valley. Just had one of your tamales tonight. First time in over 40 years!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWiggleton

Yesterday afternoon I visited a local Smart and Final store here in Sacramento, CA in search of Tamales. I always make my own or buy any Tamales that do not contain lard or pork in it. I have tried other name brands (e.g. DeliMex chicken, beef, etc.) so I decided to give XLNT's beef's tamales a try. I was (and still am SO disappointed by their sandy corn dough(masa) texture, the soy-like grind/ processed unseasoned flavor of the "beef" meat, and the "plastic wrap" which replaced the traditional corn husk (hoja de tamal).

I took it so personal that I felt obligated to contact the company. The product I purchased ranked on the top of the "Mexican Tradition Disgrace Chart" .I decided that just dumping the ones I warmed and never got to finished wasn't it enough, so I decided to visit the website to see how to contact the quality control dept., but when I read what others had to say, I was shocked to see these "so called Tamales" were so popular, at least for people from the early 50-60's. Has the recipe changed? Is the store I visited carrying a "DIFFERENT QUALITY PRODUCT" than the one reviewed and advertised here? The 2 bags I purchase had the following ID in case the company wants to make an QC CHECK on the pallets/inventory: 12201. Please let me know, I have tried all sort of Mexican types of tamales (northern-with meat and veggies, central-pork, beef, chicken, dulces de piƱa, fresa, pasas, atole (sweet), corundas, huchepos/de elote tierno(tender corn), south- rojos, verdes, de rajas, de queso, con frijoles, de arroz, and coastal- de camaron, pescado, de mole negro, all from Mexico), and other countries Salvadorian, Puerto Rican, and even from the states such as Texan(the ones made of chivo "goat"), but never of such poor quality as XLNT. What HAPPENED TO THE BADGE I PURCHASED???

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaria C

in reply to Maria C:
Oh come on really ...must you get all "tradicional' about a silly snack food? I am latina and have loved these XLNT tamales since I was a little girl growing up in So Cal in the 80s . I don't think my fridge has ever been without at least a pkg of these ever since!
And , yes my mom made true handmade tamales( si,autentico estilo mexicano) And yes I still make my own! Big deal.
If you don't like XLNT tamales that's fine ; but don't try and berate other consumers for enjoying these snacks .
I really resent your insinuation that somehow XLNT foods are a disgrace to our people. Somehow I sense you simply have an axe to grind because anglos are very fond of these tamales. Again , big deal.
XLNT has been making these tasty treats for decades ; they must be doing something right ! They must be giving consumers the taste and quality the consumers enjoy.
Get over your " shock that these were so popular" : not everything has to meet YOUR approval hermana!

July 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterXochitl Hndz

Does anybody know of a website that will ship XLNT tamales?

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDana Spring

Like so many commenters, I miss XLNT tamales. I recently found that they will survive 10 hours in a suitcase so next time I'll bring back more.

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKit Hope

I was so excited to find these at Smart and Final after not having had any since the 50's in San Francisco when my Mom gave them to me as a kid. It really says something about a product when I still remember and desire that great taste after nearly 50 years. Since re-discovering them I have them in the fridge ALL the time. In fact I've been eating them every day! So delicious. In my opinion these are the best tasting commercial tamales ever made. Please never stop making them and delivering them to Redwood City's Smart and Final. Thanks.

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrobb

While in High School in the early 70's these tamales were sold in a little store hot for .25.This was in Portland Or.I use to find them at fred Meyers.Now I live in Tillamook Or.And can't find them anywhere.Any clues who sells them in Oregon?I miss them dearly!

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusie

Oh, how refreshing it is to see your website. It has been some 48 years since I left Southern California. For the first 25 years of my life, I love your tamales. Sadly, there are none to be gotten in Kentucky, nor are they available via mail order. I have alway wonder what XLNT stood for. I was told it meant excellent. Please clue me in. Thanks.

August 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKen Green

I was born and raised in Cali but left there as quickly as possible and never looked back.

The ONLY two things that I miss terribly are XLNT chili and the fresh tomatoes that we could grow ourselves. I really do hope XLNT will do another Holiday ordering again as I missed out on the last one. I have a lot of family, spread across several states that I would love to ship XLNT chilli to.

I miss your products so much!

September 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAuntikrist

When I grew up in So Cal, Foothill High School cafeteria had XLNT tamales.
50 cents got me a tamale and a chocolate milk! I was in heaven! I live in Alabama now, but am moving to AZ.When I go to my home out there, it's a trip to Smart and Final for 6 months supply! Get them to carry your chili too so I do not have to drive back to LA to get a little piece of heaven! A couple of hot yellow chilies, and I'm set!
Thanks for hanging in there all these years!!!

January 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTommy B.

I got the XLNT habit in 1926 in LA. I remember the large California style tamale boiled in a deep pot for about 15 minutes, chile, beef and corn with an olive, wrapped in corn husks, with a tight paper binder tied with strings, a very satisfying meal. I now live in Texas and dream about the superiority of California XLence.

January 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Arvid

I grew up on your Tamales in Hawthorne, CA. Nothing...no no no...Nothing comes close. I wanted some, so I googled you all.

April 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkris Hayhurst

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