Tucson Tamale Takeover: Celebrating a Decade-Long Partnership Between the Food Conspiracy Co-op and Tucson Tamale Company

The Tucson Tamale Company is a true success story in our local Southern Arizona food scene. From its humble beginnings at the original midtown shop on Broadway Boulevard, it has become a Tucson institution with three area locations and an 8,000 square foot production facility that supplies a network of over 400 grocery stores across the United States and a thriving internet business that ships over 14,000 packages of delicious tamales annually. Food Conspiracy alone sold more than 3,800 tamale packages in 2017!

We admire Tucson Tamale Company’s commitment to using quality ingredients and their ingenuity in creating unique flavors, like their yellow curry tamale and holiday favorite Thanksgiving tamale, has garnered a loyal following. Their masa is made with organic and non-GMO corn and they use non-GMO expeller pressed canola and sunflower oil instead of lard, making a healthier and – we think – a better tasting product. They also use organic vegetables.

The Co-op has been partnering with Tucson Tamale Company since the company’s formation in 2008. In fact, Food Conspiracy was Tucson Tamale Company’s first wholesale customer! Our relationship has been strengthened over the years with healthy tamale sales and special events that highlight our shared values and food philosophy. The Tucson Tamale Company Takeover on January 18 kicks off the Co-op’s 2018 event schedule.  Our hot bar will feature a selection of tamales accompanied by a selection of Mexican side dishes created especially for the event by the talented cooks in our Co-op kitchen. We’ll have meat and vegan options on both the breakfast bar and the lunch/dinner bar. Todd Martin, Tucson Tamale Company’s owner and general manager, will be on hand to visit with tamale fans and answer questions about the products.

Our taste buds have been dreaming of a tamale takeover since last year and with the end of the busy holiday tamale season, we were finally able to snag some of Todd’s time and organize the event.  In 2017, our Food Conspiracy staff and members organized a bike ride from the Co-op on 4th Avenue to Tucson Tamale Company’s production facility on Tucson’s northwest side. We were taken on a tour of the facility then enjoyed a tamale and beer pairing at neighboring Dragoon Brewery. “Our partnership with Tucson Tamale Company has been a truly positive one,” said John Glennon, Interim General Manager of Food Conspiracy, “and one that we hope continues to promote Tucson as an example to follow in creating local business alliances that benefit the community and a sustainable food culture.”

For more information about the Tucson Tamale Company, please visit their website at tucsontamale.com