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Tucson Tamale Company

2545 East Broadway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ - (520) 305-4760
Posted By Richard Rowe on 3/30/2012 8:01:00 AM
Frankly, we expected this place to be a good deal larger than it is, but were rather impressed with the numbers of people being served -both take-out and dine-in. It really didn't seem as though space was an issue, as customers seemed to find a spot if they wished to eat in and we sort of regretted not checking out the patio, but were a bit pressed for time, as we had to pick up an airplane starter before the shop closed for lunch. I had the Jo-jo and the Santa Fe, while my buddy had an Arizona and a Sonora with Todd's Fire all around. These Tamales were so good that I took a frozen dozen along and had to go back and buy another dozen, as his girlfriend loved them too!

The employees were friendly, knowledgeable, and fun, making the entire trip an even more positive event. This place is about 20 miles from their home North of Tucson, yet we went back a couple of times. Fortunately, I can have them shipped to my home in Illinois.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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A single tamale is large enough to be a very nice meal. Here's one in which the moist corn masa is veined with massive amounts of cheese and vivid roasted jalapenos. A variety of condiments, from tame to torturous, are shown alongside.
"A single tamale is large enough to be a very nice meal. Here's one in which the moist corn masa is veined with massive amounts of cheese and vivid roasted jalapenos. A variety of condiments, from tame to torturous, are shown alongside."
Michael Stern





Green corn tamales are made with sweet corn masa moist with juice straight off the cob, cheese, and freshly-roasted chilies from the Mesilla Valley in New Mexico. They are such fine and opulent pieces of food that one is tempted to call them artisan tamales, but they are too inexpensive and too much a part of life in the Old Pueblo to have an elitist name.
"Green corn tamales are made with sweet corn masa moist with juice straight off the cob, cheese, and freshly-roasted chilies from the Mesilla Valley in New Mexico. They are such fine and opulent pieces of food that one is tempted to call them artisan tamales, but they are too inexpensive and too much a part of life in the Old Pueblo to have an elitist name."
Michael Stern


This photo was just too good to resist. I assumed that the 'B Vegan'-plated Smart Car belonged to proprietor Todd Martin or one of his staff, given the fact that the Tucson Tamale Company menu does include several vegetarian as well as vegan options. But no, according to Todd, it just happened to be parked in front of the shop the day we visited.
"This photo was just too good to resist. I assumed that the 'B Vegan'-plated Smart Car belonged to proprietor Todd Martin or one of his staff, given the fact that the Tucson Tamale Company menu does include several vegetarian as well as vegan options. But no, according to Todd, it just happened to be parked in front of the shop the day we visited."
Michael Stern


Inspired by the Sonoran hot dog so popular from street carts in Tucson, the 'dogmale' is filled with bites of all-beef frank, bacon, cheese, beans and salsa. Delicious!
"Inspired by the Sonoran hot dog so popular from street carts in Tucson, the 'dogmale' is filled with bites of all-beef frank, bacon, cheese, beans and salsa. Delicious!"
Michael Stern


Hot stuff: the JoJo tamale is jalapeno-spiked masa enveloping chipotle beef.
"Hot stuff: the JoJo tamale is jalapeno-spiked masa enveloping chipotle beef."
Michael Stern


Todd Martin loves the tamale's versatility. Here is his 'Little Italy' variation, featuring spicy sausage, pepper and cheese.
"Todd Martin loves the tamale's versatility. Here is his 'Little Italy' variation, featuring spicy sausage, pepper and cheese."
Michael Stern


A vegan tamale made with yam masa and sweet plantains.
"A vegan tamale made with yam masa and sweet plantains."
Michael Stern



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