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
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.
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