A few weeks ago as I got back from a long day of work, I found a big box on my doorstep. I excitedly tore open the box and found fresh tamales from Texas Tamale! They had arrived.
Started in the 1980’s, Shirley Bailey started making fresh, lard-free tamales and salsa in her home kitchen. A familiar food beginning, isn’t it? It then grew into a street-side cart on the west side of Houston, then grew to the plethora of products they have including the storefront The Mexican Deli and their online store.
The product has huge variety from gluten-free beef, chicken, spinach, black bean or pork tamales, to gluten-free homestyle chili, to jalapeno stuffed olives and signature salsas like cilantro and jalapeno pepper.
I tried the spinach and black bean tamales with their warm, bubbling chili con queso. I steamed them (you can also heat in the microwave) and they were so tasty. I couldn’t stop unwrapping the husks to taste the soft, warm goodness of beans, cheese and spices.
Another favorite? The packaging. It comes in a soft linen-like bag with a drawstring. Fun touch.
You can buy the products mail-order at their online store. Try them out for yourself and let me know what you think!
Disclaimer: Thanks to Texas Tamale for sending delicious tamales my way to taste and sample. All opinions, as always, are my own.