Pasquale's Tamales

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..

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Latitude: 34.553633 Longitude: -90.663654 Elevation: 243 ft
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Joe St Columbia

Hours Open

10:30 AM to 5 PM Friday and Saturday

Seasons Open

year round

Price Style for this Establishment

Minimum order $4

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

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. .

Accessibility Notes

Handicapped accessible

Comments

This is really great information sharing about the community and Pasquale's does make the best tamales!!!

Debby King, 9/13/2016

A great family that knows how to care for their clients and community. Jim Mayer baton rouge

jim mayer, 9/13/2016

Tavia and I had them a while back, awesome! It's was pouring rain that day, but they really hit the spot as we sat in the car in the downpour...

Bryan, 9/14/2016

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