Our Story


The Tamale RV

When the founders of Texas Tamale Company set out to make the first gourmet tamale in Houston, even they could not have predicted where it would take them. With their homemade recipes for lard-free tamales served from a street cart (inspiration for the company’s pepper cart icon), they launched a small business with a very bright future. They began shipping “survival kits” of tamales, chili, queso and sauces all over the country to displaced Texans. Others outside the Lone Star State caught on to the Texas delicacy and the legend grew. Over the last 30 years the business has grown from a single tamale cart to a proud Texas-based company with a national fan base.

Tamales in a Cart

Even though the tamales, signature sauces and other Texas staples are no longer made “a la tamale cart,” Texas Tamale Company prides themselves on gourmet-quality food with nextdoor-neighbor-friendly service. Texas Monthly named them one of the best mail-order tamales in Texas. They happily ship all their products to such foreign outposts as New York and Seattle. Sending a survival kit of Texas Tamales is the way a Texan says, “I love you.”

Core Values

As we grow as a company, it has become more and more important to explicitly define the core values from which we develop our culture, our brand, and our business strategies. These are the core values that we live by:

  • We do what we say
  • We do it with respect
  • We do it fairly
  • We do it with integrity
  • We strive for excellent customer service and satisfaction
  • We embrace a fun and healthy lifestyle
  • We demand quality
  • We execute with speed and deliver with WOW
  • We work as a team
  • We support and give back to our community
  • We are accountable for our actions
Tex the Tamale helping get donations for Literacy in the Bag

"Tex" the Tamale is hanging out with book donations from Texas Tamale Co's "Literacy in the Bag" book donation initiative, he's helping Houston kids have an excellent and educational year!
Be sure to check out literacyinthebag.org to learn more!