Tamales are an original American food dating back to as early as 7000 B.C. It’s not certain whether Aztec, Mayan, or Incan culture first created the dish, but the word itself is derived from the Aztec language. Although the ingredients have changed throughout the years, the basic idea has remained a constant to this day.
Here at Art’s, we make a version of the tamale that is a little more modern than its ancient ancestors. It’s often referred to as a Mississippi or Delta tamale. It’s thought that Mexican migrant workers in the 20th century brought this style of tamale with them, and it was gradually adapted by their fellow workers with the ingredients that were widely available in that area. Since then, they have spread across the United States.