December 03, 2021

30 essential places to buy your holiday tamales in San Antonio

Nothing says "Christmas in San Antonio" quite like the smell of masa wafting through the air.

The little, husk-wrapped packets of heaven are now available for holiday noshing at countless tamaleras around town, so best stock up for every party and gathering you can.

We scoured review sites and social media to find the most popular and puro spots to sate your craving. From pork to veggie and from sweet to heat, get ready for a ride through Tamale Town.
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Tamahli
814 West Rhapsody Drive, (210) 877-9949, tamahli.com
You'll need to plan ahead when attempting to snag a dozen of these corn husk or banana leaf-wrapped tamales, because this spot makes 'em so fresh, they can't accommodate walk-in orders. 
Photo via Facebook / Tamahli
Tamahli
814 West Rhapsody Drive, (210) 877-9949, tamahli.com
You'll need to plan ahead when attempting to snag a dozen of these corn husk or banana leaf-wrapped tamales, because this spot makes 'em so fresh, they can't accommodate walk-in orders.
Photo via Facebook / Tamahli
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
La Hacienda Products
6421 Blanco Rd, (210) 377-0808, lahaciendaproducts.com
This new-ish tamal purveyor offers the masa-packed treats in a variety of flavors, including chicken, pork, bean, veggie and sweet. 
Photo via Facebook / La Hacienda Products
La Hacienda Products
6421 Blanco Rd, (210) 377-0808, lahaciendaproducts.com
This new-ish tamal purveyor offers the masa-packed treats in a variety of flavors, including chicken, pork, bean, veggie and sweet.
Photo via Facebook / La Hacienda Products
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.