Tamale House East

Since opening a couple years back, Tamale House East has continually ranked high on my list of favorite Mexican food eats. Known for its tried and true Tex-Mex style, Tamale House East delivers with dishes that are easy on the wallet but big on flavor. The atmosphere at the family owned and operated Tamale House East is always one of casual familiarity, which makes it an ideal weekend lunch spot, especially following a late evening.

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Chicken Verde Enchilada – $7.95

It’s hard to go wrong ordering, but when in doubt, the enchiladas are always a safe bet. In particular, the chicken verde enchiladas are a favorite go-to of mine, thanks largely to a citrusy housemade tomatillo salsa. While waiting for entrées, however, it’s never a bad idea to start with a couple of tamales.

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Pork Tamale w/Mole & Cheese – $2.75

On this visit, the bean and cheese tamale was excellent; the masa was thin, and the filling was flavorful with just a little kick of heat. While the pork tamale’s masa would have generally been too dense for my liking, the thickness actually worked in its favor, as it was weighty enough to hold up under the rich, well-developed red mole sauce.


Moving on to the main event, I decided to color outside the lines a bit by ordering the cochinita pibil plate instead of my standard enchilada plate. This decision proved to be a successful move after one bite of the tender pork slow cooked to perfection. The key to a successful cochinita pibil is having the patience to allow the pork to soak up the subtle goodness of its achiote marinade as it cooks, resulting in a deeply flavored, supple dish. Judging by the earthy and slightly sweet cinnamon flavors of their pork, this is clearly a concept Tamale House East has mastered.

Cochinita Pibil - $5.95

Cochinita Pibil – $8.95

Visit Tamale House East at 1707 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702. More info can be found here. 

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