A phrase used when one does not know how to spell "tamale" correctly.
(conversation via IM)
A: What's a hot tomale?
B: I donno. Do you mean tamale?
A: Oh... yeah, I guess.
B: Well, a tamale is a Mexican food made of cornmeal & lard, with typically a pork filling. A "hot tamale" can be a spicy cinnamon candy. Or it could be a reference to someone appealing to the eye.
A: Man I'm a dumbass.
B: I know.