Lenexa Public Market provides incubator home for thriving tamale business

Alejandra de la Fuente has built up a loyal following for her tamales and breakfast burritos in a short time at the Lenexa Public Market. Photo credit city of Lenexa.

Alejandra de la Fuente is the undisputed tamale boss of the Lenexa Public Market. From her cozy space just inside the front door, she greets customers warmly, dishing out thousands of tamales and breakfast burritos every week. She has a cult following among Kansas City foodies and she represented Kansas on Food & Wine magazine’s 2018 list of best burritos in all 50 states, despite being open less than a year.

She is the Public Market’s big success story. But only two years ago, she had never made a tamale in her life.