10 places to order your holiday tamales in San Antonio – San Antonio Express-News

Many families across the city mark the season with an all-hands-on-deck tamalada where multiple generations gather around to stuff and roll hundreds of tamales. But time is precious, and for those who can’t make their own this year, there are plenty of restaurants here ready to take on the challenge.

If you’re overtaxed this holiday season but still need your fix of masa and meat, here’s our guide to 10 San Antonio tamal specialists.

Adelita Tamales & Tortilla Factory: This shop on Fresno Street near Interstate 10 specializes in tortillas — its white corn tortillas were recently crowned as the best in the city after our exhaustive examination of tortillerías in town — but don’t sleep on their tamales. The Borrego family, who has operated Adelita for more than 80 years, makes some of the best you’ll find here.

1130 Fresno, 210-733-5352, adelitatamales.com, Facebook: @AdelitaTamales

Delia's took San Antonio by storm with tamales this summer, including pork, left, and spicy pork with green sauce.

Delia’s took San Antonio by storm with tamales this summer, including pork, left, and spicy pork with green sauce.

Mike Sutter/Staff

Delia’s Tamales: Yes. You will wait in a line for hours to secure your tamales at this beloved Rio Grande Valley export that set up shop near the intersection of West Hausman Road and Loop 1604 in 2020. But you won’t regret it. In addition to its popular chicken and cheese options, you can find Veracruz-style tamales wrapped in banana leaves here.

13527 Hausman Pass, 210-864-1111, deliastamales.com, Facebook: @deliastamales

Tamales lined up in a tray at Delicious Tamales

Tamales lined up in a tray at Delicious Tamales

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Delicious Tamales: When it comes to tamales in San Antonio, you’d be hard pressed to find a more prolific producer than Delicious Tamales. They crank out more than 4 million tamales per year at six locations across the city. The Spicy Tomatillo Chicken & Cheese option is particularly enjoyable.

Multiple locations, 210-735-0275, delicioustamales.com, Facebook: Delicious Tamales

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La Bandera Molino: Made from freshly nixtamalized corn that’s ground into masa right before your eyes, this shop produces tamales with a remarkably bouncy texture and intense aroma. Their pork tamales are some of the best in the city. Place your orders early, as this spot gets busy.

2619 N. Zarzamora St., 210-434-0631, no web presence

La Hacienda Products: With organic corn, lard-free masa and housemade chorizo, La Hacienda is a solid option for tamal lovers with dietary concerns. And if you like your tamales steamed in banana leaves, this is the spot for you. La Hacienda offers both pork and chicken options boasting that unique aromatic profile.

6421 Blanco Road, 210-377-0808, lahaciendaproducts.com, Facebook: @LHP.USA

Employees make tamales at Ruben's Homemade Tamales.

Employees make tamales at Ruben’s Homemade Tamales.

Jerry Lara/Staff photographer

Ruben’s Homemade Tamales: A San Antonio institution dating to 1952, this East Side establishment at the intersection of Rigsby Avenue and Roland Road has been one of the city’s most popular destinations for holiday tamales for generations.

1807 Rigsby Ave., 210-337-0025, Facebook: @Ruben’s Homemade Tamales

A selection of tamales from Téllez Tamales & Barbacoa

A selection of tamales from Téllez Tamales & Barbacoa

Brenda Téllez

Téllez Tamales & Barbacoa: The Téllez family birthed this business out of the family’s holiday tamalada tradition in 1975. In addition to its excellent selection of tamales — the fiery jalapeño and pork option is a standout — be sure to pick up barbacoa and some of the city’s best menudo while you’re there.

Two locations: 1737 S. General McMullen Drive, 210-433-1367; 1802 Bandera Road, 210-455-0822, Facebook: Tellez Tamales & Barbacoa Factory

Banana leaf tamales from Tamahli

Banana leaf tamales from Tamahli

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Tamahli: This tamal producer may be best known for its vegan tamales available at Whole Foods, but the selection goes far beyond that. Tamahli offers a wide range of corn- and banana leaf-wrapped tamales stuffed with pork, chicken, beans and more as well as multiple sweet dessert tamales.

814 W. Rhapsody Drive, 210-877-9949, tamahli.com, Facebook: Tamahli

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Juan Rodriguez demonstrates how he makes tamales at Tamale Boy Tacos and Tamales.

Juan Rodriguez demonstrates how he makes tamales at Tamale Boy Tacos and Tamales.

Jerry Lara/Staff Photographer

Tamale Boy Tacos and Tamales: Juan Rodriguez grew up making tamales alongside his late mother, and has carried that family tradition on at this shop located on South Flores Street near the Mission District. You’ll find unique offerings here including tamales filled with carne guisada and barbecued brisket.

5300 S. Flores St., 210-663-2033, satamaleboy.com, Facebook: @Tamale Boy Tacos and Tamales

Viva Vegeria: Located on the near West Side on Nogalitos Street near the intersection with Interstate 10, this shop is your best bet for vegan tamales. The Tres Hermanas, or “three sisters,” is a standout made from corn, squash and pinto beans along with spinach and peppers. The Los Poblanos is a unique offering composed of potatoes and mole sauce.

1422 Nogalitos St., 210-465-9233, myvegeria.com, Facebook: @myvegeria

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