There’s eggnog. There’s yule logs. There’s even cookies you leave for that jolly old man in the red suit. Among all the holiday traditional eats, there’s one in the Lone Star state that reigns supreme every holiday season: tamales. A staple Christmas tradition, this Mexican dish is something every Texan looks forward to come December. Wrapped up tightly in corn husks, like presents waiting to be enthusiastically ripped open on Christmas morn – tamales are filled with delicious culinary surprises. Pork, chicken, or even vegetarian, there’s something for everyone to enjoy across the entire state. This year we’ve wrangled up some of the best tamale businesses within each major metro, and if there’s one thing we know for sure – we can’t wait for December 25th to unwrap this list of Texas’ top tamale spots.
Methodology: This is an all-time list of the best tamales in Texas according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurants and food categories with a large concentration of reviews mentioning “tamales”, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning “tamales.” When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score or a score greater than a 70 as of December 11th, 2019.