If you’re Latino, like my husband, then tamales need no introduction. However, being an East Indian gal myself, I didn’t grow up eating them, though now I can’t imagine celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas without them.

Tamales are a traditional Mesoamerican dish made of masa or dough, which is steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf. Typically, you peel off the husk before eating, and you can eat it plain or with salsa. Their origins can be traced as far back as the indigenous Indians of the Americas, and it holds a special place in the Latin community today.

With so many places to pick from, we narrow it down to the BEST in Austin…

Tamale Addiction 114 E Parsons Street, Manor TX 78653

Farmers market stalwart Tamale Addiction offers meat, sweet, vegetarian, vegan tamales, which are frozen for pick-up orders. I’ve bought these tamales at the Mueller Farmer’s Market as well as at their store front in Manor. By far, these are my favorite tamales in town! They are fresh, delicious and packed full (alternatively, you can buy a frozen 12-pack to store for later).

Rosies Tamale House 13436 TX-71, Austin, TX 78738

Lick it Up 2421 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702

Mr. Natural 1901 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Tamale House East 1707 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

The tamale tradition lives on with Tamale House East on East 6th where tamale plates are plentiful.


The Vegan Nom 2324 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Guero’s Taco Bar 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Fresa’s 915 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

The chicken tinga tamales are the real MVP! Black bean and cheese tamales are also available. The orders come with crema and salsas, with optional meals additions with rice, beans, and queso or guacamole.

Delicious Tamales 931 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78741

Nissi Vegan Mexican Cuisine 9012 Research Blvd Unit C-6, Austin, TX 78758

Curra’s Grill 614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

Not your Mama’s tamale place. Curra’s tamales range from pork to bean to mole to crab, and go well with an order of the avocado margarita (or, so I’m told).


When all else fails, go to Costco. I know, I know. I thought that was a weird idea at first too. They are tried and true (husband approved!) and cost-effective (a win-win for this momma).

Taco Joint 134 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX, 78704

Matt’s El Rancho 2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704



Abigail Head is a native Texan living in Central Austin with her hunky husband, Chad and their two strong willed rugrats. Their 6 year old son, Teak, is a true walking miracle and a strong force to be reckoned with. Sloan, their spunky firecracker and 2 year old daughter, is a fearless monkey on the playground. Abby loves chocolate, antiques, being creative, authentic people, and lots of coffee! She has been in the real estate business for over a decade however these days keeps busy wrangling her two little redheads and tries to find time to do something else she loves, write. Follow her and her family's shenanigans in the little squares on Instagram @theheadhouseatx or her little blog www.theheadhouseatx.com.


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