Tamale Time: El Salvador classics elevated
It’s a well-known fact that food tastes best when it’s made with love. For Tamale Time food truck owners Francisco Alvarado and Stan Montano, it’s second nature.
New to the food truck scene, they’ve created a killer menu inspired by old family recipes (highlighted by Señora Alvarado’s pupusas) with a bit of a modern twist. Thanks to his extensive culinary background and passion for creativity, Chef Stan puts a colourful spin on Salvadoran classics to make them not only drool-worthy but Insta-worthy, too.
After noticing a tragic lack of Salvadoran cuisine in Winnipeg, the dynamic duo started the truck to share Latin American culture and cuisine with their city. Like a lot of true foodies, they learned their recipes from their mothers and have never strayed from the authentic Salvadoran specialties.
Stan and Francisco learned early on that good things take time, and this is especially true when it comes to making their iconic but labour-intensive pupusas. Sometimes, the OG pupusa Queen (also known as Francisco’s mom) pops by to help prep them.
Made with savoury corn masa, Bothwell mozza and your choice of fillings (with vegetarian options available!), and topped with curtido (pickled slaw), there’s nothing quite like them in the city.
And sorry, but if you’re looking for simple fries as a side you’ll have to go elsewhere. If you want to expand your palette and infuse a little culture into your day, an order of their Yucca Fries will hit the spot. Made with crispy cassava, you can have them topped with savoury chicharron (pork) and slaw, or enjoy them vegetarian-style. Either way, they’re sure to become your new favourites.
So, next time you’re on Broadway looking for something to nom, look for the two friendly pals in the red truck with the clock. You’ll know exactly what time it is. Plus, with the We Heart Winnipeg card, you’ll enjoy $1 off the daily special. Hurra!