There’s no denying that the Spurs, Fiesta, and a good breakfast taco are a few of San Antonians’ favorite things. But all those combined might not top the most wonderful time of the year — tamale season. In celebration of this perfectly wrapped gift from the gods, we’re helping you plan ahead with a list of 6 spots you can place your dozen — or should we say dozens — of tamale orders.
📍 Multiple locations
4.3 million. That’s how many tamales are sold each year at Delicious Tamales. With 6 locations across the Alamo City, you can get your hands on traditional pork flavored tamales, but if you’re feeling dangerous — order the signature Atomic Tamales infused with ghost peppers. Finishing even one will earn you serious bragging rights if you live to tell the tale.
📍 826 Johns Rd.
At Chilito’s Express, it’s tamale season year-round. Not only can you pick up these culinary delights locally, but they also ship overnight + nationwide. The menu is serving up pork, cream cheese chicken, and cream cheese jalapeño tamales just to name a few.
📍5300 S. Flores
Tamale Boy’s menu is truly one-of-a-kind. While they sell your standard favorites, they are getting creative in the kitchen with their BBQ Brisket + Carne Guisada tamale.
📍Pop-up around the city
While Plantaqueria doesn’t have a brick and mortar location, you can catch them at local markets serving up some plant-based comida deliciosa. They serve unique flavors like jackfruit + birriqueso tamales made out of consomé masa and vegan cheese. They will only be taking a limited amount of orders for the holidays. Pro tip: follow them on Instagram for updates.
📍13527 Hausman Pass
For those with a gluten intolerance, you’ll be happy to know that Delia’s Tamales are all gluten-free. They sell specialty tamales like sweet cream cheese + corn. Delia’s also ships nationwide, so this holiday season, send your friends and family a dozen or two. Thank us later.
📍 1130 Fresno
If you want to keep things traditional, Adelita’s Tamales do not disappoint — trust us, we know a good tamale when we taste one. This locally-owned business has been a San Antonio staple for 80 years. Their menu includes pork, chicken + bean. Pro tip: Get a side of their handmade tortillas + buñuelos for later. You won’t regret it.
It may be 6 a.m., but we hope this guide has worked up an appetite. What are you waiting for? Place your order now and maybe send us a care package or two?