Hot Tamale in Detroit
It has been said that in order to be successful you need to do one thing,and do it very well. This is the mission statement at Tamaleria Nuevo Leon in Detroit. This is a place the suburbanites pass, but less often stop, on their way to Mexicantown destinations. In spite of the off the beaten path location (on Vernor just south and under the bridge from the old Michigan train depot) Tamaleria Nuevo Leon succeeds at what they do best – making tamales.
Tamaleria Nuevo Leon has been in business since 1967 and at its present locale since 1970 but owner Maria Villarreal has been making tamales in Mexicantown since 1956. With her daughter Suzie they make approximately 130 dozen tamales a day! Varieties can include pork, chicken, beef or a sweet dessert tamale with pineapple,brown sugar, coconut and raisins. Fans have included Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young.They even did a special order for former President Jimmy Carter. Tamales at Nuevo Leon are well regarded and also well traveled.The Tamaleria will freeze the tamales for the customer to ship. Customers have shared their enthusiasm for Nuevo Leon’s tamales by shipping them to far off location like Paris, Hawaii, Switzerland and South Korea.
What is the busiest time of year for tamales I asked. “Christmas” I was told.” There is a tradition in the Mexican community of giving tamales at Christmas”. “We have people come in and order 20 dozen just to give” Suzie told me. “ We also get busy at Cinco De Mayo.”
Tamaleria Nuevo Leon is open 7 days.
Tamaleria Nuevo Leon
2669 W. Vernor
Detroit, Mi. 48216