Jul 1, 2021 - Food and Drink

New tamales restaurant opening in Des Moines

A pot filled with green tamales.

Hot Tamale Catering is opening a storefront in Des Moines' southside Friday — upgrading from a food trailer in a driveway to a dine-in spot.

What to expect: Hot and fresh Mexican favorites that focus on natural ingredients, according to owner Angie Davila.

  • Some menu items: Red and green varieties of tamales & enchiladas, potato flautas, apple chimichangas and brisket tacos.

State of play: When Davila found herself unemployed from her medical underwriting job more than a year ago, she started brainstorming how to provide for her three young kids.

  • Her solution: Create a recipe and sell the tamales she's always craved, but couldn't find in Des Moines.
  • Thus, Hot Tamale Company was born from her home.

The secret to Davila's mouth-watering tamales is the masa — the fresh corn dough used to bind everything together.

  • "We seem to hit people’s taste buds the right way," Davila said.

Open: Tues-Fri 10am to 10pm; Sat 9am to 10pm; Sun 9am to 3pm

  • Customers can order at the restaurant (2811 SE 14th Street, Des Moines) or call ahead for catering.
Enchiladas from Hot Tamale Catering in Des Moines
Enchiladas. Photo courtesy of Hot Tamale Catering
Hot Tamale Catering on a purple sign in front of the restaurant's storefront in Des Moines.
Storefront at 2811 SE 14th Street. Photo courtesy of Hot Tamale Catering

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