Pasquale’s Tamales are a gourmet tamale made the old-fashioned way using 100% beef, (Chuck roast and top sirloin), with a high grade of natural seasonings in balanced proportions to produce a gourmet Delta tamale of outstanding quality. The tamales are hand rolled in selected corn shucks imported from Mexico to present the original authentic quality and taste . They are slowly cooked for 6 to 8 hours, submerged in a special sauce to allow the tamales and corn shucks to become very succulent and juicy.. Many consumers of these scrumptious tamale parcels like to suck on the juicy tamale shuck after eating the tamale, commenting they are shuck sucking good.
The St. Columbia family in Helena /West Helena, Arkansas, has been making and selling hot tamales since the late nineteenth century. In 1892, Peter St. Columbia arrived in the United States from his native Sicily, landing at the Port of New Orleans. He traveled up the Mississippi River, peddling goods to local communities and Hispanic field workers along the river’s banks. Not knowing much English, St. Columbia discovered that the linguistic similarities between Italian and Spanish offered an ease of communication between the two groups, and a tamale recipe was eventually shared. Developing an international exchange of cultural foods between an Italian Immigrant and a Mexican farm worker, to produce an Arkansas Delta Made Tamale. The Hispanic field workers wanted tamales, and St. Columbia had the staple Southern ingredients at hand: cornmeal and beef with an Italian twist. He and his son, Pasquale, made and sold tamales together for the next forty or so years. In 1987, grandson Joe St. Columbia revived the family’s recipe and named his business after his father, Pasquale. Today, Pasquale’s gourmet Hot Tamales enjoys a thriving business of historic value as a Mississippi River Delta Made Product of Helena, Arkansas. .
Sold from a concession stand open Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Offering tamales, tamale chili plates, Italian muffaletta sandwiches, and Pasquale’s homemade chili without beans.
Mexican Tamales made by Italians in the Delta Heartland of Arkansas on the banks of the Mississippi river in Helena, Arkansas..