What are Tamales?
“How do you make tamales?"
Road Tasted on Food Network
“So, what is a tamale anyway? We have no idea what they are." Paula Deen's sons, Jamie and Bobby, visit Texas Tamale Company in Houston, Texas and learn how to make authentic tamales on Food Network's “Road Tasted".
As Shirley Bailey explains, “A tamale is simply corn masa with a filling of meats, vegetables or even sweets at times. A tamale is composed of three parts: the corn husk which is the outer wrapping, the corn masa, then the filling. What is masa you ask? Masa is ground corn made into a powder like wheat is made into flour."
To make the masa, you add salt, baking powder, potato starch, oil, water and spices to masa powder and combine. Take a big spoonful of masa and spread evenly into the corn husk (not all the way to the tail). Load a spoonful of your filling along the edge lengthwise, roll the husk tightly over the filling, fold it seam-side down, and you've made a tamale! Make a few and steam them for about 2 hours then serve.
Remove the husks (no, you don't eat the husks!) and top them with our Chili con Queso and our signature Chipotle Pepper Sauce, Jalapeno Pepper Sauce or Cilantro Sauce and you'll be hooked! They're wonderful eaten right away but are also great reheated or resteamed. They keep well in the refrigerator for a week or you can freeze them for a couple months.
Texas Tamale Company
Don't have the patience to make tamales from scratch? No problem, just head over to Texas Tamale Online Store to have some frozen tamales shipped straight to your doorstep, visit our Mexican Deli in Houston for store pickup, or check your local Kroger, HEB, Fiesta Mart, Specs and Rice Epicurian freezer section.
In the early 1980s, a West Houston couple was making a name for themselves making fresh gourmet lard-free tamales and fresh salsa in their home kitchen. As word spread of the great taste of these fresh tamales, the demand for a lard-free tamale grew. Enough interest was generated so that the couple began selling from a street-side cart on the far west side of Houston.
It did not take long to outgrow their home kitchen and Texas Tamale Company. “The Mexican Deli” was opened on Fountain View, just a few miles from Houston’s prestigious Galleria area. Commitment to quality and customer service soon made them a well-known Houston tradition. Read More
Texas Tamale Core Products
Texas Tamale Company’s core line of products is made up of:
- Authentic Mexican Tamales
- Homestyle Texas Chili
- Chili con Queso
- Signature Sauces
- The Texas Loop - beef / pork sausage stuffed with jalapeno cheese
Texas Tamale Featured Products
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The history of the tamale has been traced back to the Ancient Mayans, who prepared them for feasts as early as the Preclassic period (1200-250 BC). Many countries have adapted the tamale tradition and have their own version of the tamale. Tamales are considered a comfort food and are all made with masa or a masa mix. Read More...
Are there healthy tamales or vegetarian tamales?
Texas Tamales are only 60-90 calories and are made gluten-free and lard-free. Texas Tamale Company uses soy-based oils instead of lard or vegetable shortenings to make them a healthier option. A traditional tamale is typically 250-300 calories and would be filled with chicken, beef or pork. That tradition has been expanded to offer a healthier choice for individuals that are vegetarian. We now offer spinach cheese and black bean tamales to satisfy our vegetarian tamale customers looking for a meatless alternative to authentic Mexican tamales. Read More...
Every now and then we get calls from people asking us "How do you eat a tamale?" and "Do I eat the husk?" We thought if we got this many calls we should tell the world. Here is a simple answer: Open it up/peel it open. Eat by hand, fork, spoon or chopsticks, your personal preference.
They are an everyday food. Make a great snack, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tamale time is anytime. Families have traditionally had them around the holidays but now more than ever, people are eating tamales every day. Read More...
Texas Tamales are delivered frozen right to your door which allows them to be in your freezer and ready to eat year-round. Since tamales are so convenient and portable, we wanted to share with you the best way for you to reheat a tamale. There are two primary methods to reheat a tamale: using a steamer on the stove top or in the microwave. If you have the time and want the best results, we suggest you use a saucepan and place a steamer on top and steam on your stove top. This will hold in the amazing flavors and make each tamale moist and delicious. Here's how...