10 Fascinating Facts About Tamales You Didn’t Know!

Spice up your culinary knowledge with our roundup of 10 yummy and facts about everyone’s favorite masa-wrapped delight: tamales! From savory ingredients, to our yummy flavors, discover why tamales are the ultimate foodie trend.


Yes, you read that right. In Mexico, you can find the guajolota, or tamale sandwich, where a tamale is sandwiched between a bolillo roll. Convenient and less messy to eat, it’s a popular choice for those on the go.

Time-Consuming Preparations

While you can quickly satisfy your tamale cravings at Delia’s, it’s good to remember tamales take love and care to prepare. Remember the days of prepping at Abuela’s house? From stewing and cooking fillings to meticulous masa preparation, large batches of tamales can take days to prepare.

Filling Adventurous?

Aside from traditional fillings like pork, beef, and chicken, certain regions in Mexico serve egg or even shrimp tamales. But did you know that iguana tamales are a specialty in some regions, too? Would you dare to try them?

You Can Celebrate Tamales With Us

Every March 23rd is National Tamale Day! This beloved dish is celebrated every year, and it is delicious.

Tamales Have Different Names and Flavors Regionally

While tamales are commonly associated with Mexican cuisine, they go by different names in various Latin American countries, such as Hallaca in Venezuela, Bollo in Colombia, Humita in Ecuador, Nacatamal in Nicaragua, and Paches or Chuchitos in Guatemala.

Tamales Were Favored for Centuries!

Did you know that tamales have been enjoyed for thousands of years? Dating back to ancient Mesoamerican civilizations, they were a staple food made from masa and filled with ingredients like beans, meats, and vegetables.

Vegetarian Options: Everyone Can Enjoy

While meat-filled tamales are popular, delicious vegetarian versions are also available. From cheese and vegetable tamales to sweet tamales filled with fruits like pineapple or strawberry, there’s a tasty option for every palate.

Festive Foods

In many Latin American cultures, tamales are central to holiday celebrations. From Christmas to New Year’s Eve and beyond, families gather to make and enjoy tamales, carrying on cherished culinary traditions.

Wrapped and Ready

Traditionally, tamales are wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves before steaming. However, in some regions, alternative wrappers like avocado leaves or parchment paper are used, adding unique flavors to the finished dish.

Enjoyed from Across the Pond

Beyond Latin America, tamales have gained popularity worldwide. From the United States to Europe and Asia, people of all backgrounds enjoy this iconic dish’s delicious flavors and comforting textures.

BONUS Fun Facts!

Tamales Can be Shipped to Your Door

We offer nationwide shipping at Delia’s! Now, you can enjoy our mouthwatering chicken, beef, cheese, sweet tamales, and more from anywhere in the country. With our convenient service, place your order online, and we’ll ship your tamales directly to your doorstep, ensuring they arrive fresh and ready to enjoy. Experience the convenience of nationwide shipping at Delia’s and bring a taste of tradition to your table today!

The Sweetest Aguas Frescas Ever

Delia’s also offers a refreshing selection of aguas frescas at our locations. Whether you’re craving the tangy sweetness of horchata, the zesty kick of tamarind, or the refreshing taste of watermelon, we have a variety of flavors to choose from. Add a splash of authentic Mexican flavor to your meal with our refreshing aguas frescas from Delia’s!

Enjoy Some Delicious History with Delia’s

For the ultimate tamale experience, head to Delia’s Tamales! With seven convenient locations spanning across the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio, our delicious tamales are never far away. Your taste buds will thank you! Call today for a taste of history!

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