iTamale—the hottest smart phone app on the market—conveniently shrouds your mobile device in an aromatic cornhusk wrapping, gently steaming the contents to enhance the flavor when licking the screen. Today's Groupon gives you a taste of its organic early prototype. For $10, you get $20 worth of homemade tamales and salsas at Tucson Tamale Company, winner of the "Best Tamales in Tucson" award from Tucson Weekly readers in 2009.
Each tamale at Tucson Tamale Company is a hand-rolled, gently steamed, gluten-free masterpiece perfected from years of experimentation—making the eatery's constantly changing menu an art gallery for the mouth, only without any debonair art thieves attempting to make off with your taste buds. Former Fortune 500 executive turned passionate tamale chef Todd Martin starts each tamale with a starchy corn base known as masa, then builds on it with a wild mix of meat, vegetables, spices, and cheese before steaming it inside a cornhusk. The most recent board of fare features the vegan New Delhi tamale that's stuffed with vegetable curry, carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, corn, onions, coconut milk, and yellow curry. The meaty JoJo consists of chipotle beef, jalapeño masa, and cheese, and expels a spiciness that travels at least four circles into Dante's Inferno. For something sweeter, try the Boise's blend of sweet potatoes roasted with sun-dried tomatoes and wrapped in yam masa. The Wisconsin grilled cheese (comprised of cheese, more cheese, and trace amounts of cheese) puts a bold twist on a classic comfort food. Depending on the range of your stomach's rage, choose one tamale ($2.95, $4.95 with side), two tamales ($5.39, $6.29 with side), or feed the whole choir with a family platter ($24.95 for eight tamales, two large sides, and salsa).
Despite its accolades, Tucson Tamale Company has maintained a relaxed atmosphere and very reasonable menu prices. All tamales can be buddy-copped with rice and corn salad, spiced black beans, green salad, corn on the cob, or chips and the eatery's secretly spiced salsas, which range from Sherry's mild red to Todd's fire red (8 oz. for $2.49, 12 oz. for $3.49). Satisfy your craving for corn with a cornucopia of corn-based savories with today's Groupon to Tucson Tamale Company.
- Take it from Mari's mom and me: The Tucson Tamale Company serves up good stuff. – Jimmy Boegle, Tucson Weekly
- Creative, conscious and delicious tamales. Vegan is a part of the menu because they care! – Lisa Marie E., Yelp
- Tamales are big, lard free, moist, and they have many unique options to try. – Lawrence R., Yelp