The Tamale Place is proudly owned by Angela Green and husband
Vladimir Ronces, along with Angela’s mother, Leora Green. We strive to
keep up withthe demand of tamales in Indianapolis and our journey began
in 1999 when Angela packed a backpack and ventured solo into
Mexico. A couple of months into her trip she happened
upon a quaint little restaurant/bar on Condesa Beach in
Acapulco. It was there that she met her future
husband, Vladimir (yes, he’s Mexican with a Russian name).
In 2003, the threesome opened what was originally
named, “Tortilleria Angelita” which sold only
their home-made white corn tortillas. They anticipated
the local Hispanic community would buy fresh tortillas daily
just as they do in Mexico. They learned quickly
that the tortilla business was lost in translation between
Mexico and the United States.
They worked hard and struggled for several months but
some customers began asking about good tamales. It
turns out that Indianapolis did not offer quality tamales
and “Tortilleria Angelita” had the key ingredient
for great tamales. That is…..masa (corn dough).
Vladimir called his family for some great recipes and
they began experimenting. Angela had lots of
experience cooking and loved it but in wrapping tamales – no
experience, which is why their tamales are so big, ranging
at a half-pound each. So now they are home to the
half-pound tamales. Customers loved it and word
spread rapidly. Customers started referring to the
business as “The Tamale Place” and the name
stuck. In spring 2014, “The Tamale Place” opened
their third location, and they have no plans of
stopping what they love to do and do so well
…..making great-tasting tamales!