Of course no one makes tamales like mom. But here are several spots around the Houston area to get tamales.
Alamo Tamale y Taco
If you haven’t tried them, there are a few locations around Houston. The most popular is the one in the north side of Houston on Berry Road. Make sure to bring cash—there’s a $10 minimum for credit card orders, plus a 4 percent surcharge.
The Hot Tamales food truck has been parked in Friendswood for years. It is a big white truck on FM 2351 that says, “Hot Tamales Since 1976.” The line for the holidays is usually a mile long, but it’s worth the wait.
Balderas Tamale Factory
The Northwest Houston restaurant is open Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to their tamales, they’re also known for their breakfast tacos.
There are five Arandas Bakery locations in the Houston area, from Conroe all the way down to the Gulf Freeway. Arandas is an authentic, Mexican bakery that makes everything from scratch. They make more than 100 varieties of Mexican sweet bread each day.
Malena makes her tamales homemade right out of her house in Dickinson. Pick-up orders can be ready in 15 minutes. Self-proclaimed tamale lovers wrote to ABC13 and said Malena’s tamales beat any restaurant or taco truck out there.
The Los Toritos story began in 1991 when the Salazar family moved to Baytown from McAllen, Texas. They have since become known as the “Tamale Man” and “Tamale Lady,” and of course their children, the “Tamale Boy” and “Tamale Girl,” earned their titles, too. Another one of their trademarks is the green salsa for the tamales. The Baytown location is a full-service restaurant, while the Los Toritos in Pasadena serves tamales only.
Tamales Dona Tere
The tamales from Dona Tere are hearty, delicious and full size. There are five Houston-area locations to choose from, including one in Katy.
Texas Tamale Company
If you’re in a hurry, Texas Tamale Company’s tamales are the easiest to get. You can find them at dozens of grocery stores around town, and also their store near The Galleria. Use the locator on their site to find out if they are in a nearby grocery store.