5 Places to Get Holiday Tamales in Houston Just in Time for Thanksgiving

Molina's Cantina's pork butt tamales will make any holiday happier.
Molina's Cantina's pork butt tamales will make any holiday happier.
Photo by Debora Smail

The holiday season is upon us. And you know what that means? TAMALES! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, check out these 5 Houston spots offering special holiday tamales by the dozen:

Molina’s Cantina4720 Washington, 713-862-0013; 7901 Westheimer, 713-782-0861; 3801 Bellaire, 713-432-1626

Made completely from scratch, these traditional 100 percent pork butt tamales are made using the same family recipe the restaurant has used since it opened in 1941. The pork tamales will be available during the holiday season for pickup orders for $12.95/dozen. For orders of 4 dozen or more, at least 24 hours notice is requested (the earlier notice, the better). Tamales are available on the menu year-round at all three Molina's Cantina locations for those with cravings outside of peak tamal season. Add an order of three to any meal, served in the shuck ($4.25) or served with chili con carne ($6.25).

Berryhill Baja Grill, all locations

The Berryhill Turkey Tamale, made with breast of turkey and then spiced up with Berryhill’s almost 80-year-old recipe, is available now through New Year’s Day. Get the special or their classic chicken, pork, beef, or spinach and corn varieties for $14.99/dozen or $9.99/half dozen. Large orders should be ordered a day in advance for pick up at a Berryhill store.

Radical Eats 

Though the restaurant has closed, Radical Eats will be offering to-go tamales by the dozen this holiday season. The frozen tamales will be offered in corn husks (vegan) for $5/pair or $25/dozen ($30 with sauce); corn husks (meat) for $5/pair or $30/dozen with sauce; and banana leaves for $7 per tamale. Flavors include Turkey Thanksgiving Tamales, Chipotle Black Bean Tamales,and Lamb Mint and Basil Masa. Thanksgiving tamales must be ordered by Wednesday, November 18 and will be available for pickup on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24. Christmas tamales will be ready by Monday, December 14. Cash or check accepted. To order, email stacilynnedavis@gmail.com and include your name, phone number and address, type of tamale and amount, Thanksgiving or Christmas pick-up, and drop off or delivery information. See additional details at radicaltamales.wordpress.com.

Hit the tamale stand at Arnaldo Richards' Pico's to pick up all kinds of seasonal delights.
Hit the tamale stand at Arnaldo Richards' Pico's to pick up all kinds of seasonal delights.
Photo by Nick de la Torre

Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby, 832-467-4267

Picos’ Tamale Stand will open on Monday, November 16 in Picos’ parking lot on the corner of Kirby and Richmond. Customers can stop by and pick up their freshly made orders at the Tamale Stand, or call 832-467-4267 for advance ordering. The Tamale Stand will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, through January. Picos will produce a wide variety of tamales in the traditional styles of Oaxaca, wrapped in banana leaves, and Norteños, wrapped in corn husks, and all are available by the dozen or half-dozen. Tamales Oaxaqueños, filled with pork in red chili, chicken in green chili, portobello mushroom and cuitlacoche or chicken in black mole are available for $36 a dozen and $18 a half dozen. Tamales Norteños, pork or beef in red chili, chicken in green chili, vegetarian (peppers and cheese), black bean and cheese, or chicken in black mole are available for $18 a dozen and $9 a half dozen. Mix and match as you please. For orders of five dozen or more, tamale lovers will also get an extra dozen at no charge. 

Hugo’s, 1602 Westheimer, 713-524-7744

Bring the flavors of Hugo’s Authentic Regional Mexican cuisine to your Thanksgiving table with a fantastic lineup of tamales. Choose from Chicken and Mole Tamales ($24/dozen), Seafood Tamales ($30/dozen), Wild Mushroom Tamales ($24/dozen), and Black Bean Tamales ($24/dozen). Orders should be placed by Monday, November 23 for pick-up on Wednesday, November 25. Orders can be placed by phone or with an order form available at hugosrestaurant.net.


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