When I first moved to ATX with honey Ted over 13 years ago, we quickly learned, and became familiar with Tamale Time. Thanks to Ms. Maria who worked at our apartment complex. When Christmas time rolled in, she took on a second job of making incredible tamales. A Christmas tradition we discovered in Austin (Texas), and one that many keep. Especially if you have eaten tamales like what Ms. Maria created!
As time went on, Ms. Maria moved on to bigger opportunities, and we lost out on our yummy tamale hookup. We looked into making them, and discovered there is a huge amount of labor of love put into making authetic Christmas Tamales. A job much biger than our cooking skills. We would be getting tamales from somewhere else other than our kitchen. If you're new to the tamale tradition, or lost out on your tamale hookup, this list will be yummy helpful.
Where to get Tamales in AustinThanks DO512
- Tamale House East / 1707 E 6th St chicken or bean & cheese filling with sauces like chocolate mole & salsa verde
- Curra’s Grill / 614 E Oltorf St several varieties both meat & veggie
- La Mexicana Bakery / 1924 S 1st St late-night cravings curbed with a hot Tamale
- El Chilito / various locations tamales in three varieties: black bean & cheese, pollo verde, or puerco rojo
- Mr. Natural / 1901 E Cesar Chavez / 2414A S Lamar Blvd vegetarian tamale choices include tofu & sunflower, veggie & refried pinto beans
- Tamale Addiction / various locations farmer’s market tamales are gluten-free, lard-free & made with organic masa; in meat, vegetarian & vegan varieties
- Rosie’s Tamale House / 13436 W Highway 71 serving up tamales since '73
- Fresa’s Chicken / 1703 S 1st St two types of tamales: chicken tinga and black bean & cheese