San Antonio tamale company rolls out nationwide shipping
San Antonio is used to having Delicious Tamales on hand at all times, but there are some fans farther away having cravings. The restaurant recently opened two Austin outposts in quick succession, but there's more to go around — even beyond Texas.
Only four months later, the San Antonio-based business has seen even more explosive growth, now shipping to the entire United States.
Fourteen tamale flavors – chicken, pork, beef, vegetarian, sweet, and more — can now all be shipped straight to a customer's door. And it's not just tamales on the menu; The restaurant specializes in a range of "authentic Mexican dishes" including carne guisada, picadillo, and barbacoa.
Customers asked for something more varied and shareable, according to the team. “People who love our year-round tamales have long been asking us to provide other dishes to share with their family and friends, especially those who don’t live nearby,” said co-president Valerie Gonzalez in a release. She shares presidential duties with her daughter, Herlinda Lopez-Wood.
To keep shipments fresh, every dish is made on a daily basis with no preservatives. That includes 1,800 pounds of gluten-free masa, stone-ground in the facility every day. It's then vacuum sealed and frozen before heading out.
Frozen meals are also ready to go home with walk-in customers. Of course, diners who want a hot tamale right away are welcome to pick those up, too.
Delicious Tamales is an extended Texas tradition, not just from the restaurant's San Antonio beginnings, but from Gonzalez's hometown, Laredo. She learned the skill at family tamaladas (tamale-making parties) during Christmas, and acquired some of her business skill at the University of Texas at Austin.
There are now six walk-up locations in San Antonio and two in Austin. Orders can be placed nationwide at delicioustamales.com or by calling 1-800-TAMALE-1.