|Place of origin||Chicago|
|Main ingredients||Tamale, chili, hot dog bun|
|Cookbook: Mother-in-law Media: Mother-in-law|
The mother-in-law is a fast food dish of Chicago, consisting of a tamale topped with chili, served in a hot dog bun. The mother-in-law is made with Chicago's unique style of tamale, a machine-extruded cornmeal roll wrapped in paper instead of corn husks, which is typically cooked in a hot-dog steamer.
Although African-Americans migrating from the Southern United States may have brought tamales to Chicago, no one knows how this sandwich developed. Some speculate it may have had its beginnings in Mexico City's torta de tamal, a tamale on a bolillo. The precise origins of the Chicago-style tamale are also obscure.
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