FAQ's

We’ve got great Tamales and all of the answers to help you enjoy them!

Absolutely! Our wide variety of tamales means we have something for everyone -– pork, chicken, veggie, cheese and poblano and sweet tamales. The menu is on our website www.thetamalekitchen.org/shop.

The best way to order is through our website www.thetamalekitchen.org/shop

But you can also call 816-600-3228 to place an order.

As many as you want! Our tamales come in orders of a half-dozen and one dozen units. Our cheese and poblano tamales are sold in pairs.

Our tamales can come to you two ways.

You can pick up the tamales at our kitchen, or we can deliver them to you. There is a $10 delivery charge with every order. Our delivery area is big – a 30 mile radius from our kitchen.

Our kitchen is located at 600 E. Armour Blvd. in Kansas City. It is a production kitchen, strictly for cooking and picking up tamales. It is not a retail space. We are not a restaurant.

We are cooking up tamales almost every day in our kitchen. But we take orders any time the mood strikes our customers through our website www.thetamalekitchen.org/shop

Deliveries are made twice a week or more depending on our customers’ needs. If the order is for a special occasion or dinner tonight, make a note on the order form and someone will contact you to make it happen.

Yes. Leave us a note on the order form if a specific delivery time or pick up time is needed. We will contact you and do our best to make it happen.

Yes, they are!  The masa is made from corn flour, lard, baking powder and salt.

The Tamale Kitchen’s Veggie Tamal is made with pure vegetable shortening; organic vegetable broth; and in-season, sauteed vegetables, such as carrots, onions, green, yellow, red peppers, whole kernel corn, spinach and mushrooms.  There are no milk products in the veggie tamal.   

So glad you asked because that’s one of our favorites. Dulce means sweet in Spanish and our sweet tamales consist of shredded coconut, crushed pineapple and raisins, flavored with vanilla and cinnamon.

There sure is. We here at The Tamale Kitchen are all about community – changing our community for the better and building a better community. That means we connect with amazing partners for special events throughout the year. Check the events page on our website, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for even more updates.

We love to cater events – big, small and everything in between. We can bring our tamales, or offer meals through our Tamales and Greens partnership with two outstanding local, women-owned businesses. Does a dinner of two tamales, a serving of greens and cobbler sound good? Please call us at 816-600-3228 for more information.

Yes, we have a food truck! Please contact us if you’re interested in booking our food truck by calling 816-600-3228 or email us thetamalekitchen@gmail.com. We’d love to be there!

 Your tamales are frozen fresh and are ready to eat after heating.

  • To reheat in a microwave: Place on a plate and cover with a damp paper towel.  Microwave 3 to 3 1/2 minutes without turning. 
  • To reheat by steaming in a rice cooker. Rice cookers have a basket so the tamales are above the steaming water. Steam approximately 1 hour.
  • To reheat by steaming in a crockpot. Stand tamales in the crock with the open end up.  A large pot will hold two dozen tamales.  Cook on high for approximately 3 hours. This is a good method to reheat and serve a larger quantity. 

We sure do. Place no more than two tamales on a plate to microwave.

  • Place no more than two tamales on a plate to microwave.
  • If steaming, do not steam a variety of flavors together.
  • To reduce steaming time by approximately 30 minutes, thaw tamales in the refrigerator overnight.
  • The ice crystals on the tamales help to product the steam necessary to heat.
  • Reheating times can vary so insert a meat thermometer from the opening at the top of the tamale to check temperature in the center of the tamale (no need to unwrap).  Serving temperature should be at least 165 degrees.
  • If the tamales are thawed in the refrigerator, use them within one week. 
  • If the tamales are stored in the freezer, use within 6 weeks of purchase for best flavor.

Of course we celebrate tamales every day but the official National Tamale Day is March 23.

For so many families, it really isn’t Christmas without tamales. Tamales are a long tradition in Mexico. We have been told that Aztec and Maya civilizations, as well as the Olmec and Toltec before them, used tamales as easily portable food, for hunting trips, and for traveling large distances, as well as supporting their armies. Tamales were also considered sacred, as they were seen as the food of the gods.

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