Tamales hold a special place in my foodie heart because they are naturally gluten-free and are endlessly versatile in regards to toppings.
Last month at the Natural Products Expo East, I discovered the Tucson Tamale company, whose diverse line of tamales are all gluten-free. Unfortunately, only one tamale they were sampling was both gluten and dairy-free (the blue corn and veggie) at the show.
When Tucson Tamale Company reached out offering to send me a wider range of gluten and dairy-free tamales to try, I did not hesitate and eagerly agreed for the chance to check out their other tamale offerings. The assortment they sent me really showcased the versatility of tamales ranging from traditional to more exotic flavor combos such as curry and pumpkin.
Tucson Tamale Company is a multifaceted company that offers tamales through their restaurants (in Arizona only) and through retail outlets (online and brick and mortar). Distribution in brick and mortar stores is pretty limited on the East Coast with only one store stocking them in Maryland (Roots Market in Clarksville). The best bet for buying them for those not in the distribution area is online ordering through the company’s website.
Tucson Tamale Company makes 48 types of tamales, all of which are gluten-free, GMO free and lard-free. The tamale types range from meaty to vegan and breakfast tamales to dessert ones. Tamale lovers, take note, this is a one stop shop for the tamale combination of your dreams.
I received the vegan sampler, which includes two packs of blue corn and veggie tamales, two packs of the vegetable curry tamales, one black bean and corn tamale, and one soyrizo tamale. Because I do not like soy-based meat substitutes, I requested to switch that tamale pack out for the seasonally available sweet pumpkin tamale.
I froze my tamales immediately upon receiving them, and they only needed five minutes in the microwave wrapped with a wet paper towel to bring them to life. The tamales can be refrigerated, but the freezer does extend shelf life.
Blue Corn and Veggie Tamales
Vegetable Curry Tamales
Sweet Pumpkin Tamales
Black Bean and Corn Tamales
After eating through the sample batch I was sent, I have already begun planning when to place another order online. It is truly incredible that these restaurant-quality, authentic and innovative tamales can be delivered right to your doorstep (though I would be thrilled if local stores near me in Maryland could stock them too!).
Disclaimer: This review is current to the original publication date. Updates will be noted. Ingredients and manufacturing processes can change without notice. Each product should be reviewed for individual nutritional needs. Feel free to to contact me with any questions or comments. Tuscan Tamale Company sent me samples free of charge for review purposes, but the review is a reflection of my personal opinion.