Tasty Tamales from Tommy Tamale Market & Cafe

They have all things Tex-Mex with gluten-free options, 0g of trans fat, lard-free tamales and a selection of salsa so you can make any adventure, party, or meal at home delicious and SPICY. They also have some of the best Tex-Mex in the Lone Star State. What was really cool is that I got to MEET the owners!! They were so sweet, welcoming, and they were so excited that I wanted to blog about their restaurant. After opening in 2009, they have been beyond blessed to open their second shop this year in Coppell, TX.


Evelyne, what is the definition of masa? Well, I’m glad you asked. Masa/Masa Harina is a dough used in the Latin American cuisine for tortillas and tamales that is made from ground corn soaked in a water diluted lime solution. It’s first documented use was in 1896.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2018


A tamale is a cornmeal dough rolled with ground meat or beans seasoned usually with chili, wrapped in corn husks, and steamed.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2018

According to Wikipedia, a tamale is a “traditional Meso-American dish made of masa, which is steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf. The husk is discarded before eating. Tamales can be filled with meat, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, or chili…”

Tamale, Wikipedia, 2018

So basically, a tamale is a corn dough that is stuffed with meat, vegetables, or cheese and steamed.


No, I am not talking about Salsa, the Latin American dance. I’m talking about Salsa, “A usually spicy sauce of chopped tomatoes, onions, and peppers that are commonly served with Mexican food.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2018

Anytime I munched on salsa either homemade or at restaurants, I always pay attention to the texture, spiciness, and flavor. Most salsa found at restaurants are smooth, semi-spicy, and palatable. Whereas homemade salsa is more flexible with spice, consistency, and taste.

When you first walk into the restaurant, you’ll immediately smell a delectable aroma of freshly cooked tamales, diverse salsa, burritos, and quesadillas. The decor on the scintillating colored walls reminded me of downtown San Antonio, TX, where the Tex-Mex is impeccable and the decor represents the history of the state. All of the staff are welcoming with cheerful smiles and helpful information about the menu and Grapevine, TX, where Tommy Tamale is based.

I ordered the beef tamales, the literal nonpareil tortilla chips, queso, salsa, and CHOCOLATE tamales! Y’all, I didn’t know CHOCOLATE tamales existed until I went Tommy Tamales. It legitimately tasted like chocolate cake doused in chocolate sauce and whip cream. I couldn’t even taste the masa.

When you stop by, make sure you say that Evelyne from Evelyne’s Epicurean Expeditions sent ya. 😉

Also, don’t forget to check them out in store, on social media, and on their website.

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