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Where to Find Tamales in Austin for the Holidays

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Truth be told, tamales are really Texas’s best holiday dish. And Austin restaurants and food trucks are making it easier for those seeking the traditional food this season, either by keeping the corn husk-steamed item on the menu all year long or offering seasonal specials for pickups and deliveries.

Here are Austin’s best bets for tamales this December. There are classics from Tex-Mex restaurant Tamale House East to vegan options at Mr. Natural to brisket ones at barbecue restaurant Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew. Many restaurants even offer preorders just for the month, including Lick It Up and Fresa’s.

For other seasonal needs, there are holiday takeout meas and holiday dessert preorders. Likewise, check out these holiday cocktail pop-ups offering takeout drinks and specials.

As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant/truck is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Be sure to wear a mask, tip well, and, if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurant/truck themselves.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Stiles Switch BBQ

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Again, the Brentwood barbecue restaurant is offering its smoked brisket or pork tamales by the plate as part of its Days of Smoked Meats specials for the holidays. Alas the tamale plates, which come with Spanish rice, brisket pinto beans, and chile con queso, are only available on Sunday, December 19. The tamale specials are also available at Stiles’s Cedar Park location and sibling restaurant the Switch in Belterra Village.

The tamale plate from Stiles Switch
The tamale plate from Stiles Switch
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Vamonos

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The North Loop Tex-Mex restaurant’s holiday tamales come in pork, chicken, and green chile cheese, available with red or green salsas. A dozen is $22. Place pickup orders online (under the starters category).

Tamales from Vamonos
Tamales from Vamonos
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Rosie's Tamale House

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It’s in the name: the Bee Cave Mexican restaurant is all about pork tamales, available by the half-dozen at $8.25 or full dozen at $13.45, or find tamales among the combination and dinner plates. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in person. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Tamale Addiction

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Farmers market stalwart Tamale Addiction offers all sorts of tamales for the holiday season and beyond. The frozen tamales — ranging from meat to sweet to vegetarian to vegan — are available for pickups at its farmers market locations or its Manor, Texas kitchen, plus there are deliveries available.

Tamales from Tamale Addiction
Tamales from Tamale Addiction
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Vaquero Taquero

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Taco shop Vaquero Taquero has tamales for preorder pickup and delivery by the dozen every Saturday, all winter long. Choose from pork with red sauce, chicken with green sauce, cream cheese and jalapeño, bean and cheese, or mixed. Order online.

Lick It Up East Austin

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The El Paso-based vegan Mexican truck is offering three kinds of vegan tamales: red chile, cheese with green chile, and black bean with cheese. Orders com in the half-dozen for $15, or full dozen for $24. Orders can be placed online with pickups at the Webberville Road or Menchaca location from Monday through Wednesday, December 20 to 22.

The seitan steak tamale from Lick It Up
The seitan steak tamale from Lick It Up
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Tamale House East

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The tamale tradition lives on with legendary East Sixth Tex-Mex restaurant, where tamale plates are plentiful, available for pickup orders placed online. The restaurant is also making special holiday tamales, including pork, chicken, and a bean, cheese, and jalapeno combo, available for preorders placed over the phone at (512) 495-9504. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Mr. Natural

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For vegan tamales, hit up the vegan Tex-Mex restaurant, where the tamale plate comes with fillings like tofu, pinto beans, vegetables, or the cheese and jalapeño. Pickup orders can be placed online for either of the two locations (the other on South Lamar).

Taco Joint

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Both locations of the Mexican taco restaurant offer up the tamale vera cruzado, which is made with seasoned chicken. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone for either location (the other on San Jacinto at (512) 473-8223). Both locations have reopened for dine-in services.

Guero's Taco Bar

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The South Congress Tex-Mex restaurant offers plentiful tamales on its regular menu, plus there are tamales available individually ($1.89), half-dozen ($10.30), or full dozen ($21.59) with fillings such as beef, pork, and bean and cheese. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Guero’s tamale plate
Guero’s tamale plate
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Fresa's South First

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Holiday tamales are back at the fast-casual Tex-Mex restaurant. On deck are dozen tamales filled with either chicken tinga or black bean and cheese, available with just salsas for $26 and $24 respectively. Then there are meals with charro beans, Mexican rice, salsas, queso and guacamole for $42 or $40. Orders can be placed online or over the phone at (512) 915-0362. Pickups are available from Wednesday through Friday, December 22 to 24. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Tamales from Fresa’s
Tamales from Fresa’s
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Matt's El Rancho

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Find pork tamales among the longtime South Austin Tex-Mex restaurant’s dinner meals and sides. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Tamales from Matt’s El Rancho
Tamales from Matt’s El Rancho
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Curra's Grill

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Order the avocado margarita with the Tex-Mex restaurant’s tamales, or preorder a dozen for home. Fillings range from pork to beans to chicken mole to black bean. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Delicious Tamales

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The new tamale shop is taking orders for holiday tamales to-go. The San Antonio-based chain carries traditional chicken, bean, and pork tamales as well as a variety of new takes on the husked treats, like the Southwestern-style vegetarian tamale with corn and black beans and the atomic tamale, which is packed with pork and heat-heavy ghost peppers. Orders can be placed in-person through the holiday season.

A plate of husked tamales with slices of jalapeños
Tamales from Delicious Tamales
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Leroy And Lewis Barbecue

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Among the new-school barbecue truck’s holiday preorders are chorizo or sweet corn tamales, available by dozen at $30. Place orders online, with pickups available on Wednesday, December 22 and Thursday, December 23. Host site Cosmic Coffee is open for patio dine-in services.

Mi Ranchito Restaurant

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The far south restaurant has tamales year-round, with no advance ordering required. Choose from pork, chicken, jalapeño and cheese, bean and cheese, vegetarian, sweet potato, and strawberry, available warm, cold, or frozen.

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Stiles Switch BBQ

The tamale plate from Stiles Switch
The tamale plate from Stiles Switch
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Again, the Brentwood barbecue restaurant is offering its smoked brisket or pork tamales by the plate as part of its Days of Smoked Meats specials for the holidays. Alas the tamale plates, which come with Spanish rice, brisket pinto beans, and chile con queso, are only available on Sunday, December 19. The tamale specials are also available at Stiles’s Cedar Park location and sibling restaurant the Switch in Belterra Village.

The tamale plate from Stiles Switch
The tamale plate from Stiles Switch
Stiles Switch/Facebook

Vamonos

Tamales from Vamonos
Tamales from Vamonos
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The North Loop Tex-Mex restaurant’s holiday tamales come in pork, chicken, and green chile cheese, available with red or green salsas. A dozen is $22. Place pickup orders online (under the starters category).

Tamales from Vamonos
Tamales from Vamonos
Vamonos/Facebook

Rosie's Tamale House

It’s in the name: the Bee Cave Mexican restaurant is all about pork tamales, available by the half-dozen at $8.25 or full dozen at $13.45, or find tamales among the combination and dinner plates. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in person. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Tamale Addiction

Tamales from Tamale Addiction
Tamales from Tamale Addiction
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Farmers market stalwart Tamale Addiction offers all sorts of tamales for the holiday season and beyond. The frozen tamales — ranging from meat to sweet to vegetarian to vegan — are available for pickups at its farmers market locations or its Manor, Texas kitchen, plus there are deliveries available.

Tamales from Tamale Addiction
Tamales from Tamale Addiction
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Vaquero Taquero

Taco shop Vaquero Taquero has tamales for preorder pickup and delivery by the dozen every Saturday, all winter long. Choose from pork with red sauce, chicken with green sauce, cream cheese and jalapeño, bean and cheese, or mixed. Order online.

Lick It Up East Austin

The seitan steak tamale from Lick It Up
The seitan steak tamale from Lick It Up
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The El Paso-based vegan Mexican truck is offering three kinds of vegan tamales: red chile, cheese with green chile, and black bean with cheese. Orders com in the half-dozen for $15, or full dozen for $24. Orders can be placed online with pickups at the Webberville Road or Menchaca location from Monday through Wednesday, December 20 to 22.

The seitan steak tamale from Lick It Up
The seitan steak tamale from Lick It Up
Lick It Up [Official]

Tamale House East

The tamale tradition lives on with legendary East Sixth Tex-Mex restaurant, where tamale plates are plentiful, available for pickup orders placed online. The restaurant is also making special holiday tamales, including pork, chicken, and a bean, cheese, and jalapeno combo, available for preorders placed over the phone at (512) 495-9504. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Mr. Natural

For vegan tamales, hit up the vegan Tex-Mex restaurant, where the tamale plate comes with fillings like tofu, pinto beans, vegetables, or the cheese and jalapeño. Pickup orders can be placed online for either of the two locations (the other on South Lamar).

Taco Joint

Both locations of the Mexican taco restaurant offer up the tamale vera cruzado, which is made with seasoned chicken. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone for either location (the other on San Jacinto at (512) 473-8223). Both locations have reopened for dine-in services.

Guero's Taco Bar

Guero’s tamale plate
Guero’s tamale plate
Guero’s/Facebook

The South Congress Tex-Mex restaurant offers plentiful tamales on its regular menu, plus there are tamales available individually ($1.89), half-dozen ($10.30), or full dozen ($21.59) with fillings such as beef, pork, and bean and cheese. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Guero’s tamale plate
Guero’s tamale plate
Guero’s/Facebook

Fresa's South First

Tamales from Fresa’s
Tamales from Fresa’s
Fresa’s [Official]

Holiday tamales are back at the fast-casual Tex-Mex restaurant. On deck are dozen tamales filled with either chicken tinga or black bean and cheese, available with just salsas for $26 and $24 respectively. Then there are meals with charro beans, Mexican rice, salsas, queso and guacamole for $42 or $40. Orders can be placed online or over the phone at (512) 915-0362. Pickups are available from Wednesday through Friday, December 22 to 24. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Tamales from Fresa’s
Tamales from Fresa’s
Fresa’s [Official]

Matt's El Rancho

Tamales from Matt’s El Rancho
Tamales from Matt’s El Rancho
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Find pork tamales among the longtime South Austin Tex-Mex restaurant’s dinner meals and sides. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Tamales from Matt’s El Rancho
Tamales from Matt’s El Rancho
Matt’s El Rancho/Facebook

Curra's Grill

Order the avocado margarita with the Tex-Mex restaurant’s tamales, or preorder a dozen for home. Fillings range from pork to beans to chicken mole to black bean. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Delicious Tamales

A plate of husked tamales with slices of jalapeños
Tamales from Delicious Tamales
Delicious Tamales/Facebook

The new tamale shop is taking orders for holiday tamales to-go. The San Antonio-based chain carries traditional chicken, bean, and pork tamales as well as a variety of new takes on the husked treats, like the Southwestern-style vegetarian tamale with corn and black beans and the atomic tamale, which is packed with pork and heat-heavy ghost peppers. Orders can be placed in-person through the holiday season.

A plate of husked tamales with slices of jalapeños
Tamales from Delicious Tamales
Delicious Tamales/Facebook

Leroy And Lewis Barbecue

Among the new-school barbecue truck’s holiday preorders are chorizo or sweet corn tamales, available by dozen at $30. Place orders online, with pickups available on Wednesday, December 22 and Thursday, December 23. Host site Cosmic Coffee is open for patio dine-in services.

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Mi Ranchito Restaurant

The far south restaurant has tamales year-round, with no advance ordering required. Choose from pork, chicken, jalapeño and cheese, bean and cheese, vegetarian, sweet potato, and strawberry, available warm, cold, or frozen.

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