5 Spots That Ship Christmas Tamales Right to Your Door

For many, it's not Christmas without them!

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November 24, 2020

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By Nora Horvath for Food Network Magazine

Tamales have long been associated with the holidays — they’re often part of the Mexican celebration of Las Posadas, commemorating Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter before Jesus’s birth — but the tradition of eating them has become more than just a religious practice. Tamales are a way to reconnect with family and Latinx heritage, but they can be pretty larbor intensive to make from scratch. If you don't have enough time to make your own this holiday season, Food Network Magazine rounded up five beloved restuarants where you can order and ship tamales nationwide. Keep reading to find out where you should place your order today!

$9.99 for a dozen

Delia's: Rio Grande Valley, TX

Owner Delia Lubin began making tamales with her sister nearly 30 years ago. Today, Delia’s, with seven locations and 18 flavors, is the go-to tamale shop in Southern Texas. From $10 for a dozen; deliastamales.com

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$99.00 for 2 dozen

Cootie Brown's: Johnson City, TN

This eclectic diner serves cuisines from all over the world, but it’s a local legend because of its tamales, which come in six flavors including beef, smoked pork, verde chicken and fire-roasted corn and black bean. From $55 for a dozen; cootiebrowns.com

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$59.00 for 2 dozen

Fat Mama's Tamales: Natchez, MS

The Gammill family is well known in Mississippi for their tamales. They’ve made a name for themselves with their ground beef and roasted pork versions. From $35 for two dozen; fatmamastamales.com

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$72.00 for 3 dozen

Hot Damn, Tamales!: Fort Worth, TX

This shop uses masa made with corn oil instead of lard for a lighter tamale. About a dozen varieties, including vegan options, are sold in-house, but the four most popular (pork, beef, chicken and Hatch chile) are available for shipping. From $14 for six; hotdamntamales.com

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$20.00 for 1/2 dozen

The Tamale Store: Phoenix, AZ

The Tamale Store's red-chile tamales are so beloved that customers start placing their holiday orders in August! From $20 for 1/2 dozen; thetamalestore.com

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