Here today, gone tamale
If you're part of a Mexican family that celebrates the festive tradition of making your own tamales during the holidays, then please give us a call. We'd like an invitation. If you're not, then you're like the rest of us: Buying your tamales from one of the many area vendors who ramp up production when December rolls around.
Below are some of the best tamales money can buy; most require pre-ordering but will do walk-up sales, depending on availability.
Blue Goose, all five locations, including Addison, Frisco, Lower Greenville Ave., Highland Village and Plano. 214-823-8339.
Open until 4 pm Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day.
Fillings: Pork with chile con carne sauce, and chicken within jalapeno and jack cheese. $20 a dozen.
Dallas Tortilla and Tamale Factory, 309 N. Marsalis Ave., Dallas 214-821-8854.
Open until 8 pm Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Fillings: Pork, beef, chicken, pork and jalapeno, beef and jalapeno. $8.95 per dozen warm, $7 cold.
Hot Damn Tamales, 713 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. 817-926-9909.
Open until 2 pm Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day.
Fillings: Tenderloin, shrimp, black bean and cheese, poblano corn, mushroom and goat cheese, cranberry-jalapeno, chocolate, and more. $20 to $36 per dozen.
La Popular Tamale House, 5004 Columbia Ave., Dallas 214-824-7617.
Open until 7 pm Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Fillings: Pork, pork and jalapeno, spicy beef, chicken-tomatillo, mixed vegetables, beans and jalapeno. $10-$11 a dozen.
Lopez Tortillas & Tamales,9727 Brockbank Drive, Dallas 214-353-9538.
Open Christmas Eve until noon; closed on Christmas Day.
Fillings: Chicken, pork, rajas (peppers and cheese), raisin. $9 a dozen.
Luna's Tortilla Factory, 8524 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas 214-747-2661.
Open Christmas Eve until 3 pm, but only for pre-orders.
Fillings: Pork, beef, chicken, bean, spinach, cheese-jalapeno, cinnamon-raisin. $12 a dozen.
Urban Taco, both locations at Mockingbird Station and McKinney Avenue in Uptown, are celebrating their annual "12 Days of Tamales," a special menu with a rotating flavor every day, available December 13-24. Place a to-go order for any flavor with 24 hours notice, minimum one dozen for $24. You can also order the daily flavor at lunch or dinner, as a tamale trio plate with black beans and roasted corn con crema for $9.75.
12 Days of Tamales Menu:
- December 13 – pollo con mole poblano
- December 14 – cochinita pibil
- December 15 – guajillo pork
- December 16 – potato zucchini con queso fresco
- December 17 – frijoles y queso Oaxaca
- December 18 – tomatillo serrano con pollo
- December 19 – carnitas con mole poblano
- December 20 – Dos Equis Amber barbacoa con chorizo
- December 21 – guajillo piquin con pollo
- December 22 – chicharron adobado con salsa verde
- December 23 – green chile con picadillo
- December 24 – chicken tinga & potato