November 25, 2020

28 essential places to buy your holiday tamales in San Antonio

For many in San Antonio, the instant the Thanksgiving dinner is cleared from the table means tamale season is underway.

The little pockets of masa-filled heaven are now available for purchase at countless tamaleras around town, and the Christmas season just doesn't feel right without them.

We scoured review sites and social media to find the most popular and puro autentico spots to sate your craving. From pork to veggie and south to north, buckle up for a wild ride through Tamale Town.
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Delia’s
13527 Hausman Pass, (210) 864-1111, deliastamales.com
This RGV fixture finally opened a storefront in SA, but given the excitement that’s built around the tamale empire has made for long lines for folks looking to score a dozen. Pro tip: Delia’s ships. Pay a little extra for shipping and revel in the fact that you didn’t have to sit in line for hours to get your tamal fix. 
Photo via Instagram / deliastamales
Delia’s
13527 Hausman Pass, (210) 864-1111, deliastamales.com
This RGV fixture finally opened a storefront in SA, but given the excitement that’s built around the tamale empire has made for long lines for folks looking to score a dozen. Pro tip: Delia’s ships. Pay a little extra for shipping and revel in the fact that you didn’t have to sit in line for hours to get your tamal fix.
Photo via Instagram / deliastamales
Delicious Tamales
Multiple locations, delicioustamales.com
Not many cities have tamal chains, but San Antonio is just like that. With six locations throughout the Alamo City, Delicious Tamales is a super dependable stop for when hunger strikes — and the only cure is tamales. Available by the dozen, you can stock up on fillings like jalapeño bean, pork, chicken and even a Southwest vegetarian option. They even make tamale poppers!
Photo via Instagram / erikjongustafson
Delicious Tamales
Multiple locations, delicioustamales.com
Not many cities have tamal chains, but San Antonio is just like that. With six locations throughout the Alamo City, Delicious Tamales is a super dependable stop for when hunger strikes — and the only cure is tamales. Available by the dozen, you can stock up on fillings like jalapeño bean, pork, chicken and even a Southwest vegetarian option. They even make tamale poppers!
Photo via Instagram / erikjongustafson
Lala’s Gorditas
1600 Roosevelt Ave., (210) 465-7157, lalasgorditas.com
Snag a dozen house-made pork or jalapeño, bean and cheese tamales at this southside gem, available only until Christmas. Pork tamales are available at the shop at any time, but you’ll have to call ahead for the jalapeño, bean and cheese snacks. 
Photo via Instagram / lalasgorditas
Lala’s Gorditas
1600 Roosevelt Ave., (210) 465-7157, lalasgorditas.com
Snag a dozen house-made pork or jalapeño, bean and cheese tamales at this southside gem, available only until Christmas. Pork tamales are available at the shop at any time, but you’ll have to call ahead for the jalapeño, bean and cheese snacks.
Photo via Instagram / lalasgorditas
Martinez Barbacoa Y Tamales
728 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 734-6621, facebook.com
This Fredericksburg Road outpost is loved by those in the neighborhood as well as folks willing to drive across town for this goodness. The humble eatery is known for its offerings of barbacoa, tacos, carnitas, lengua, chicharrones and more — which means lots of tamales. You’ll definitely want to stock up on all the goods here.
Photo via Instagram / mikaziljanessa
Martinez Barbacoa Y Tamales
728 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 734-6621, facebook.com
This Fredericksburg Road outpost is loved by those in the neighborhood as well as folks willing to drive across town for this goodness. The humble eatery is known for its offerings of barbacoa, tacos, carnitas, lengua, chicharrones and more — which means lots of tamales. You’ll definitely want to stock up on all the goods here.
Photo via Instagram / mikaziljanessa
Del Rio Tortilla
1402 Gillette Blvd, (210) 922-4810, delriotortillas.com
This humble South Side spot is prized for its Mexican treats, including barbacoa and tortillas. Available cooked or raw, you can score these tamales in the traditional flavors — pork, chicken and bean to name a few.
Photo via Instagram / al_valdez1
Del Rio Tortilla
1402 Gillette Blvd, (210) 922-4810, delriotortillas.com
This humble South Side spot is prized for its Mexican treats, including barbacoa and tortillas. Available cooked or raw, you can score these tamales in the traditional flavors — pork, chicken and bean to name a few.
Photo via Instagram / al_valdez1
Trevino’s Barbacoa
13233 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 646-8346
A respectable joint for Mexican meats, menudo and more, Trevino’s Barbacoa also serves up tasty tamales for when you’re in the mood. Which is always, right? Just be sure to stop by when they’re open on the weekends.
Photo via Google Maps
Trevino’s Barbacoa
13233 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 646-8346
A respectable joint for Mexican meats, menudo and more, Trevino’s Barbacoa also serves up tasty tamales for when you’re in the mood. Which is always, right? Just be sure to stop by when they’re open on the weekends.
Photo via Google Maps
Mimi’s Barbacoa and Tamales Y Mas
10918 Wurzbach Road #134, (210) 558-6008, facebook.com/MimisBarbacoa
Near the intersection of Wurzbach and Vance Jackson you’ll be able to find a poppin’ joint that serves tamales five days out of the week. This counter-serve spot has lots to offer, including pork tamales year-round as well as jalapeño and chicken during the holiday season. Oh, and they also have buñuelos!
Photo via Instagram / emmanuel_delfin
Mimi’s Barbacoa and Tamales Y Mas
10918 Wurzbach Road #134, (210) 558-6008, facebook.com/MimisBarbacoa
Near the intersection of Wurzbach and Vance Jackson you’ll be able to find a poppin’ joint that serves tamales five days out of the week. This counter-serve spot has lots to offer, including pork tamales year-round as well as jalapeño and chicken during the holiday season. Oh, and they also have buñuelos!
Photo via Instagram / emmanuel_delfin
Olgitas Molino
1603 N PanAm Expy, (210) 225-6364, facebook.com/olgitasmolino
Open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, you have plenty of opportunities throughout the week to score freshly-made tamales from Olgitas. This molino keeps it real with tacos, tortillas, barbacoa and yes, tamales (only pork, but we’re not complaining). 
Photo via Yelp / Claudia M.
Olgitas Molino
1603 N PanAm Expy, (210) 225-6364, facebook.com/olgitasmolino
Open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, you have plenty of opportunities throughout the week to score freshly-made tamales from Olgitas. This molino keeps it real with tacos, tortillas, barbacoa and yes, tamales (only pork, but we’re not complaining).
Photo via Yelp / Claudia M.
Tellez Tamales & Barbacoa
Multiple locations, tellez-tamales-barbacoa-factory.business.site
With two locations in San Antonio, it’s not too difficult to score tamales from Tellez. The long lines? Well, that’s another story. But take it as this — these flavorful tamales are worth waiting for. Just note that the shop is asking that only one person per household stop in to stock up, as the pandemic surges on.
Photo via Instagram / rg_coupe
Tellez Tamales & Barbacoa
Multiple locations, tellez-tamales-barbacoa-factory.business.site
With two locations in San Antonio, it’s not too difficult to score tamales from Tellez. The long lines? Well, that’s another story. But take it as this — these flavorful tamales are worth waiting for. Just note that the shop is asking that only one person per household stop in to stock up, as the pandemic surges on.
Photo via Instagram / rg_coupe
Los Cocos Fruteria Y Taqueria
1502 Bandera Road, (210) 431-7786
In addition to serving up some refreshing fruit cups, Los Cocos also makes a lot of scrumptious Mexican fare from the taqueria portion of its business. Here you’ll also be able to find tamales, which are actually enormous and super flavorful, wrapped in banana leaves. While you may not order a dozen to go, you’ll be happy stopping in for a fix here.
Photo via Yelp / Jennifer L.
Los Cocos Fruteria Y Taqueria
1502 Bandera Road, (210) 431-7786
In addition to serving up some refreshing fruit cups, Los Cocos also makes a lot of scrumptious Mexican fare from the taqueria portion of its business. Here you’ll also be able to find tamales, which are actually enormous and super flavorful, wrapped in banana leaves. While you may not order a dozen to go, you’ll be happy stopping in for a fix here.
Photo via Yelp / Jennifer L.