We can’t give up our secret source, but our number 2 is so good and so much better than 99% of tamales commercially available in the Austin area we could be put up on charges if we failed to share.
MarLira Creations of Coupland, Texas puts out long, fat, machine-extruded tamales packed with pork and genuine chile heat, and we always add bonus points if we buy anything out of the back of a pick-up truck on a wind-swept county road.
Which is how we came to find MarLira Creations. On a day trip out of Austin, hammering up 95 north of Elgin, on a hard roll toward Palestine to score a plate of ribs from Shep’s Barbecue.
The company website http://marlira.com/index.aspx
and our original piece on MarLira http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/3/20/Austin-Daily-Photo–Roadtrip-Edition—MarLira-Creations-Saturday-March-19th-2011