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The Tamale: A Holiday Tradition

It wouldn’t be Christmas in El Paso without Tamales. This holiday tradition made of masa steamed in corn husk has made its way to the dinner table for centuries. Choosing just the right place to make your holiday purchase can be nothing short of overwhelming so check out our list of top tamale picks in El Paso!

Gussie’s Tamales & Bakery
Gussie’s Tamales & Bakery
2200 N. Piedras St.
915-566-8209 
 

A local staple year round, Gussie’s Tamales are on a different level from most. Fluffy, moist, and seasoned throughout, with an unforgettable filling that runs through their centers, Gussie’s is certainly a top spot when it comes to this traditional Mesoamerican dish.

La Tapatia
La Tapatia
8941 Old Country Dr.
915-859-9616 
 

With its line of locals waiting for the days fresh tamales, this long time tamale factory won’t be hard to spot. With several options to choose from, our favorite remains the green chile chicken!

La Choza Menudazo & Tamalotes
La Choza Menudazo & Tamalotes
1155 N. Zaragoza Rd.
915-872-1486 
 

Folk art & bright colors adorn this festive stop but the tamales are certainly the draw. Their quick turnaround ensures you always get the freshest most mouthwatering tamales. Thick and bold, these homemade tamales won’t disappoint. Ask for the house salsa, it’s the perfect addition to your tamale.

Little Diner
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Little Diner
7209 Seventh St.
915-877-2176 

Originally opened 35 years ago, this family owned restaurant has a vast reputation for their made-from-scratch specialties. Their famous green chili cheese sauce oozes from every edge of their delicious house-made masa. The red chili pork is also not to be missed.

Tamales Lupita's
Tamales Lupita's
6860 Doniphan Dr.
915-877-2208 
 

Dedicated to the tamale craft, Lupita’s has long been perfecting the craft of handmade, traditional tamales. Steamed corn, spicy and rich, with tiny cubes of pork or chicken, these are sure to melt in your mouth and most defiantly worth the wait.

Pepe's Tamales
Pepe's Tamales
9530 Viscount Blvd.
915-591-7949 

For 36 years Pepe’s has dedicated themselves to preparing the perfect tamale using fresh ingredients and prepared only by hand. With four varieties to choose from we recommend one of each! The sweet tamales made with raisins, anise and coconut will forever change how you feel about tamales!


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