The Phones Are Open and Dallas' Tamale Purveyors Are Ready For Your Order

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Don't be the pinche gringo who jacks up your Christmas Eve celebration. It's tamale ordering time, and while some places make a few extra bazillion to sell to all the assholes who don't call ahead, others are more than willing to send you home tamale-less if you don't pick up the phone.

You could try and make your own, but we know how that goes. So if you don't have your own abuela who lives around the corner selling warm masa from a steaming Igloo cooler, here are some of our favorite tamale sources with prices and ordering deadlines.

La Popular Tamale
The La Popular folks would appreciate a call by the 21st of December. On Christmas Eve they'll be open till 6 for pickup. Pork, pork with jalapeños, chicken, beef, veggie and bean with jalapeños variations are listed on the menu, but I hear if you ask real nice, they'll whip up any combination you like. The tamales run $11 to $12 a dozen.

La Victoria
Liliana Sosa says La Victoria will be taking orders till the 23rd, and they make extras every year if you want to gamble or otherwise forget. The tamales are $2.50 each or $25 for a dozen, which sounds expensive. But they're super big with a lot of meat, according to Sosa. Pork, chicken and jalapeño and cheese versions are available, and they'll be open Christmas Eve till 7 or 8 p.m., or whenever the last tamale is sold.

Urban Taco
Urban Taco will be celebrating with some fancy Uptown tamales for the 12 days preceding Christmas Eve (see below). That will give you a chance to try before you commit to a flavor for your holiday table. One dozen tamales are $25. Make sure to call in your order by the 22nd and pick it up on the 24th by 4 p.m.

December 12- Pollo con Mole
December 13- Chicken Tinga
December 14- Rajas con Queso
December 15- Potato Zucchini con Queso
December 16- Frijoles y Queso
December 17- Salsa Verde con Pollo
December 18- Salsa Roja con Pollo
December 19- Barbacoa con Chorizo
December 20- Carnitas con Mole
December 21- Chicharron Adobado con Salsa Verde
December 22- De Elote
December 23- Cochinita Pibil

Luna's Tortilla
Beef, pork and chicken are available with and without jalapeño. They've also got spinach, spicy bean, and cheese and jalapeño versions all for $12 a dozen. The restaurant would appreciate a call by the 16th.


Location Info

Luna's Tortilla Factory

8524 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Urban Taco

5331 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

La Victoria

1605 N. Haskell Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

La Popular Tamale House

5004 Columbia Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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12 comments
Buckeye
Buckeye

I don't like the idea of fancy Uptown tamales.  I don't like it one bit.  Pork, beef, chicken, bean/cheese.  That's it.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

Actually DIY is not a big deal.  My gringo little brother in San Antonio has a tamalada every year and it is quite the party and produces pretty decent tamales.  Can't speak for most of the list but I am a big fan of La Popular.  Call me a pinche gringo but my favorite Dallas tamales are Central Market.

My recollection is that holiday tamales--both Thanksgiving and Christmas--consisted of turkey tamales.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

Of course I haven't. Some of them, like the specialty Urban Taco tamales, haven't even been made yet. So what of it? This article describes prices, locations, and ordering deadlines for some of the more popular tamale makers in town. Order what you know, and like, or don't order at all. It's your call.

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Normally I would agree, but the barbacoa con chorizo and the cochinita sound pretty effin' good.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

(Fancy and/or Uptown) + (Tamal and/or Tamales) = POS aka Pyles or Fearing

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

My brother tells me turkey has not be de rigueur for a long time, and even then it was Thanksgiving.  Couldn't stop talking about the tamalada--keeps the kids busy while the adults drink, cheap child labor, custom fillings, freezer tamales for centuries.

So tamalada party people:  Where does one buy quality masa? And while you are engaged, where do you get quality tortilla masa?

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

There's no "of course" about it -- some of these places may make tamales at other times of the year, as people do (especially the people with "Tamale" in their name), or you might have had some last year (I really haven't kept track of how long you've been in town, sorry), or they might have let you sample test batches.

If you had been able to try some, I could have asked your opinion as to which was the best to try, since I haven't had any from this list. That's where this was going. If you haven't had any of these, okay, it'd still be nice to know what you look for in tamales that you do like. Most of the ones I've had have been from restaurants, or from Central Market or The Tamale Company. I'd like to know if there's something better that I could be experiencing that I'm not.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Bit touchy, brother?  Methinks it was a question, not an attack.  He didn't ask if the only tamales your familiar with are the ones in a can or in a little box on the candy aisle. (like he should have)

Mike3647
Mike3647

You should have outsourced this one this to a local.

cp
cp

I don't think I want to try any tamale from Urban Taco. I'll stick to the older couple off Military Parkway at the liquor store along Lower White Rock Creek selling tamales out of a cooler, thankyouverymuch!

OC Guy
OC Guy

Give me good old fashioned Dallas Tortilla and Tamale Factory.  Factory made true - but hot, greasy and good.

Can't grow good tamales in Uptown.

cp
cp

Fiesta. La Michoacana. Any other Mexican market which are on every street corner between East/Southeast Dallas and Oak Cliff. Geez. I'm spending my Winter and Holiday season this year in Minnesota and I can find that at Trader Joe's! It's not rocket science to find "quality masa" in Dallas, Texas!

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