Tamale season is about to pick up in December but many places are starting to offer this exquisite treat. One of those options is Pinole Blue who began a couple of weeks ago. They helped kick off our mini-tamale tour in town.

242 N Cleveland
Wichita, KS 67214

Friday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Closed Sunday – Thursday


Cash/Card Accepted

Pinole Blue offers two different types of tamales available for pickup. They have a traditional tamale made with white corn masa and red pork meat. Then there is a vegan-friendly sweet tamale made with blue corn masa, peanuts, pecans and pineapple.

The tamales were roughly $23 for a dozen and came with a free bag of chips.

I picked up the traditional tamale but did try their vegan-friendly option last year and can attest those were great as well.

The red pork meat was surprisingly spicier than I remember. It wasn’t so much that it took away from the meal or would be a deterrent for people with low-heat tolerances, though. It was the good type of spicy that gave you a slight delicious punch and kept you coming back for more.

Each tamale had plenty of pork and the white corn masa offered a subtle sweetness that complimented the pork well.

All in all, a great kick-start to tamale season.

If you head over to Pinole Blue to pick up some tamales, I highly recommend their sugar cookies and protein balls as well.

Happy Dining,

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  1. Years ago in San Francisco there was a tamale man had a little push cart like they used to sell popsicles out of , and he had Chili Reanolle tamales they were the BOMB.


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