My husband and I were heading to Roxborough State Park for a nice hike and we needed sustenance on the way. We decided we'd just stop somewhere that looked good on the way in and that ended up being Tamale Kitchen. I looked it up later and found that it's a Denver-only chain of 8 stores.
We were astonished to see one of the family meal deals. It was 12 tamales, 12 tortillas, 1 pint of beans, 1 pint of rice, 1 pint of chile sauce, and a 2 litre bottle of soda for only $21. We went for that. :) We got 6 green and 6 red tamales.
This was -really- good, filling food (keeping in mind we live in Vermont, not New Mexico ;). The red tamales were milder than the green. I don't like heat as much as my husband, so the green were too hot for me after the first bite. The burn from the red built up, so I couldn't eat much at once. The red were more meaty than the green, as well. I loved the beans, they were flavorful and a good texture for refried beans. I didn't much care for the rice but my husband liked it fine (I'm not big on Spanish/Mexican rice in general). My husband absolutely adored the chile sauce and regretted having to leave it behind when we left. This was too hot for me, but I liked the small taste of it I tried. :)
We were impressed and pleased with the quality and low price of this meal. My husband said if they ever opened up a shop near us, we'd never cook home again. :) I heartily recommend at least this particular store (and probably the whole chain) to folks as a good, fast, tasty lunch or dinner. They had other family meal options that incorporated tacos and burritos, as well. I would totally go back. :)
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