Whether you love the enjoy tamales as a holiday tradition, or love the Mexican dish year round, we have rounded up a list of local restaurants to seek out for really good, handmade tamales!
Updated November 2021
Becerra's Tex-Mex Tamales
Sold every Saturday at the St. Michael’s Farmers Market in White Rock from 8 am until 12 pm, the tamales at Becerra's are unique and creative! Some of their offerings are smoked BBQ, Gulf Shrimp & Crab and Jalapeño Cream Cheese, and there are plenty more!
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photo courtesy of Becerra's
DALLAS TORTILLA AND TAMALE FACTORY
This restaurant near Bishop Arts District has been family-owned for over 60 years. They are known for their tamales and salsas, so be sure to stop by and give them a try! Make sure to check their daily menu, as items change weekly or daily!
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photo courtesy of Dallas Tortilla and Tamale Factory.
EL MERO MERO TAMALERO
Since their opening in 1984, El Mero Mero Tamalero has been serving up some of the best tamales in the area. Farmers Market lovers have named this stand as one of their favorites, so be sure to check them out the next time you're there!
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photo courtesy of Dallas Farmers Market.
In East Dallas, La Popular has been serving since 1984. You can find it across from Jimmy’s Food Store, and the tamales are served single or by the dozen. We’ve heard they have great vegan options too!
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photo courtesy of La Popular
Tamaleria Nuevo Leon
Opened in 2019, the Richardson tamaleria has already garnered quite the reputation, with many stating in reviews that they’re the best they’ve ever had. We went to try for ourselves, and this spot hidden in the center of a strip mall, is a true gem. You can choose from a long list of varieties, in 1/2 or full dozen packages, whether you’re dining in or taking out.
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TIA DORA'S BAKERY
This twenty-three year old bakery has been cooking up tamales since day one! The bakery is now on its second generation of family members who continue to operate it, and they serve up some of the best tamales in town!
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photo courtesy of Tia Dora's Bakery
The tamales here are heavily recommended, but you’ll have to drive to Coppell, Keller or Grapevine for the market & cafe. They’re passionate about their tamales but make Mex favorites too!
THE TAMALE COMPANY
What started as a tamale pop up at events and markets around town or through online, turned into a brick-and-mortar bodega in Duncanville. We’ve had their tamales many times and they’re amazing!
DUNCANVILLE | DIRECTIONS
photo curtesy of The Tamale Company
La Victoria | East Dallas
Molino Oloyo | Custom Orders
Rocio's Handmade Tamales | Harwood District
The Rustic | Uptown
The Trove | Bishop Arts