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Many make tamales, none compare

Pronounced “Mär”-“Lee-rä ”. Now try rolling the "r''s.

Our business model is simple. We sell tamales. Our daily offerings of various foods are simple, we sell tacos, various plates for a little something extra to go with the tamales, tacos or sandwiches.  Yes, also we sell sandwiches, cold cut, or fresh from the stovetop, or from our slow cook process. The best part about our way of business? Custom foods. Pre-order custom foods for evening meals, or other occasions. Call us for details.

Our location

MarLira Creations, Tamales To-Go is conveniently located in beautiful Coupland Texas, home of the legendary Coupland Dance Hall. See our map for directions to get here. Or you can always call us to place your order prior to pick up. That way you get the tamale flavor you are looking for, if we have that flavor available, because as many of our customers know that if you wait until you get here, you get the flavors that are available when you arrive.  It works out better to pre-order that way because we make, steam and wrap the tamales to come out fresh from the steamer just before you get here. You can't get them any fresher that way. Or if you are traveling you can order them and we'll freeze them for your trip. Call for details.

How We Operate

  • Tamales are our first priority. Always have been.

  • Please understand our hours are dedicated to making tamales for our customers. Walk-up orders get what we have to offer at the time, and pre-ordered tamales pickup the flavor they want.

  • We have no set menu because we sell tamales, however, MarLira likes making different foods all the time. In the past we've offered menudo, barbacoa, carne guisada, enchiladas, sweets, and many other items. We make them from scratch, including MarLira's own blend of seasonings. Even MarLira's mexican chorizo and breakfast sausage is homemade. MarLira also sells the chorizo or breakfast sausage by the pound. Call for details because we make it when you order it.

  • We “customize” our food for you. By dedicating our time to making tamales, it has become difficult to offer our other delicious foods all the time.  At times we feel the customer, you, are disappointed in our service. For that we; truly apologize.   If you want "fast food" there are plenty of Jack in the Box, or McDonald's in Taylor Texas, or Elgin Texas. We serve good food, not fast food.

  • We are working to accommodate and we believe we found a solution to this seemingly problematic issue of serving both tamales and food. After all, we are a "mom & pop" shop.

  • We have found that if the customer, that means you, will call in and order ahead of time, we can work around our tamale making process to provide your order for you. “Custom” food if you will.

  • When we are ahead of our tamale making, we can offer our breakfast foods at various times like; Breakfast tacos; sausage & biscuit; scrambled egg sandwiches; and other foods from 5:30am to 11:00am. Or until we run out. We do things differently, it's what ever we have to offer each morning. Call first and find out what we offer for the day.

  • When we are ahead of our tamale making, we can offer our lunch foods like; Pulled pork sandwiches, or tacos; Soft tacos; or food plates, from 11:00am until 1:00pm. Call first and find out.

  • At times, we are CLOSED between 1:00pm and 5:00pm. Call us. When we are ahead of our tamale making, we offer our supper/dinner foods like; Tamale plate; Pulled pork plate;  Soft Taco plate; Carne Guisada plate; Barbacoa plate. We also offer our “Family Meal” special @ $19.50 which can feed up to four people.

We Are Thankful

We know where our success comes from. If it were not for Him, we would not have you as a customer. Our growth comes from our past and present customers, whom advertise for us which is the best advertisement anyone could ask for. Word of mouth. For that, we are thankful to you, our customers who have followed us from our previous locations. It was a long road to travel when we first started out selling tamales out of the back of the truck in the middle of nowhere, on Highway 95, South of Taylor Texas, and part of the Brazos trail back in 2004. Good news is, we finally found a home, right here in Coupland Texas, almost where it all began. No need to look any further. We are here in Coupland, a great place to be, friendly people, and beautiful sites. Not to mention good music.


Since 2004, MarLira Creations, Tamales To-Go has produced over a million tamal's. That's a lot of filling and masa. Our thanks to the Lord for our customers which we "Thank you" for that accomplishment.

Also, Two years in a row MarLira Creations has ranked #1 in Retail Food Establishment -Inspection Scores in Coupland Texas. We try hard to keep our store above the norm because we care about serving our customers good, safe food. You can check out the inspection scores for Williamson County, Texas Food Establishments at this link: Retail Food Establishment -Inspection Scores. You do know you can ask a food establishment for their inspection report. Do not be afraid to ask for it because after all, you are about to buy their foods. 


MarLira offers an opportunity for those whom like to help small business expand. We currently have a campaign on Go Fund Me which provides what and why and how much we are trying to raise for expansion of our food prep areas which will include updated equipment, and areas for smoking our own meats for our tamales and other foods to name a few. MarLira will soon be providing an "update" page on this website in regards to our shop and its beginning when we first cleared the vacant lot, all the way up through where we are today. Seeing the story through photos really helps to understand our passion for MarLira Creations, Tamales To-Go. Please check back and see how mom & pop put a lot of work into making the MarLira dream come true.

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