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Tamales

WELCOME TO TAMALES+

Really good tamales + more

HI! Thank you for visiting!


Let me introduce myself. My name is Kathy Contreras. I am the owner, chief tamale wrapper (La TamalGuera)  and dishwasher of Tamales+.   


First, a little background. I've been in the restaurant/food industry since I was 16. Without revealing my age, let's just say I have a few turns of the earth under my belt.   In 2019, I taught myself to make tamales. It took a few tries, I didn't have an abuela to teach me her tricks. But I figured it out and when I did - mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmm. An obsession was born. I mean the possibilities are endless! The Italian Beef Tamal to date is still my favorite. My tongue in cheek tagline is "pretty darn good tamales for a white chick!"  (Thank you to my good friend for making my t-shirts...you know who you are!)

My husband, Antonio and daughter, Sophia are my biggest fans. Sophia tells everyone she knows about Tamales+ finally had to give her some business cards. Marketing Manager! 


In the summer of the much maligned year of 2020 - I wanted to buy a new bike. (Because COVID you know) I decided to sell pickled jalapeños, I had discovered a great recipe from Zarela Martinez. (Seriously, the best pickled jalapeños - as my neighbor described them once "They BURN SO GOOD!". Hot - yes AND packed with flavor) But I digress - so the bike. I was selling salsas and practicing with tamales - I never knew there was an underground universal love of tamales. But every time I mention making tamales, people's eyes LIGHT UP and " I LOVE TAMALES' is the next thing out of their lips.  


One thing led to another, one friend/client to another - Tamales+ was born. My neighbors and family have been incredible in their support of Tamales+.  

Recently, Manny Lopez of Manny's Food Adventures gave Tamales+ a great rating. (We tried not to bribe him too much) Check out his review on our Facebook page

 https://www.facebook.com/tamalesplus.aurora 

We are hoping to get a tamale truck or storefront this year and do some popups with local breweries! 

Update:  Popups have been happening for a few months now - checkout out facebook@tamalesplus.aurora for upcoming events!


Questions you may have:


Why do I have to pre-order so far in advance:

  • We are working hard to ensure a great product that you can TELL was made from scratch, with love.

  • Storage is limited.  We only prep what we have room to properly store.

  • We are a new, small business trying to manage its cash flow effectively.

  • We can arrange pickup at any of our pop ups.


How do I order?

  • PM directly through the Facebook page, email us at tamalesplus@tamalesplus.net, or call 630-465-3579 between 9am and 8pm.

  • Online ordering is not available at this time.

  • Preferred payment types: Zelle, Paypal or Venmo

  • All major cc accepted, in person

  • Pick up time & location address will be sent in the confirmation

  • Shipping is not available


What's with the +?

I definitely love tamales, who doesn't? But I also love making bread, smoking brisket, making soups and crisp salads - I just really love food. I see recipes and start thinking of the possibilities with it. So the PLUS+ there is frequently something new, or different. Something unexpected. Tamales themselves offer a lot of room for creativity and fun.   


It means if you'd like to talk to us about catering - please do! We will work together to create  a menu you will be excited about! Office lunch, family get together, or backyard fun!

And if we can't do it for whatever the reason - we know people.... 


I hope this helps you get to know Tamales+ a little bit, who we are and what/why we do what we do.  


UPDATE: I did finally get the bike! Now if I just had the time to ride it!

We are in Year 2, working at pop ups at local taprooms like McCarty Mills in Aurora, Oswego Brewing Company, and more.   Through Mid-October, we are scheduled (weather permitting) at Cantigny every Sunday 11am - Sold out. 

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OUR SERVICES

Drop Off Catering For Your Next Event

CORPORATE EVENTS

Everyone LOVES tamales.  

Diverse, inclusive, and delicious -feed your team from the heart

Whether you’re planning to host an office party to high five a big win, maybe to celebrate a holiday, or special occasion - maybe you just want something besides pizza for lunch. 

We will work with you to create a menu you can be proud of and show your pride in your team.  

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IN-HOME CATERING

Invite your friends & family. 
You get the wine, 
let us take care of the food.

Tamales+ brings our expertise to your home, office, or event space, giving you the freedom to enjoy top-quality meals without effort. Our Drop-Offs are guaranteed to take your tastebuds on a flavor journey.
We will work with you to create a menu you love.  You have options for a simple drop-off or we can set it up for you.

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PICKUP ORDERS

Pricing includes tax, is subject to change based on market conditions.

Visit us on Facebook@tamalesplus.aurora

email: tamalesplus@tamalesplus.net

call or text 630-465-3579   9-8pm.

Please provide:

Name, contact #, order, desired pickup time/date.

We will respond with an Order Recap detailing your order, totals, and pickup address.    

If you have not received an Order Recap within 1 business day, please reach out! 

Online ordering is not available. 

Payment forms accepted:  Cash/Zelle/ Venmo/Chase QuickPay/ CC (in person)

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ABOUT US

Home Cooked Meals

Cooking, eating, and sharing is an amazing experience involving every sense. Try rubbing Mexican oregano or fresh rosemary in your hand and put your nose to it - you are literally transported for a moment. You may be eating for different reasons but I hope for a moment in time - you are filled with the bounty this world has to offer. Your soul is fed. I have done my job.

Thank you for the opportunity!

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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Songs of Praise

Our satisfied clients keep us alive and prospering. Tamales+ is happy to be able to provide all of our clients with unparalleled services, and because of our efforts, they always come back for more. Read below to find out all the wonderful things our clients have to say about us.

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Your tamales were amazing! My parents loved them, too!

Jasmine C.

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630-465-3579 9am-8pm

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