Get ready vegans because El Paso’s Best Vegan Tamal Competition is happening on Sunday, December 9th at Hope and Anchor.

Tamales are a holiday staple in El Paso and while vegan options are growing in El Paso with delicious eateries such as Lick It Up, Eloise, and Sabertooth Food Co., vegan tamales are not that easy to come by. It's not like the ladies that whisper you over at any random grocery store parking lot are there peddling vegan tamales.

With the holiday season coming up, Vegan Outreach along with Plant Powered Events are hosting El Paso’s Best Vegan Tamal Competition where competitors and chefs will vie for the best vegan tamales on the borderland.

Beginning with the masa, tamales can be totally made vegan, I’ve actually had spinach, black bean and even fresh corn as meat substitutes in tamales and I have to say they are pretty darn tasty. In the vegan world you could even swap out the meat with alternatives such as tofu, seitan, or even vegan cheese. While these options may not scream scrumptious you’d be surprised as to just how incredibly delicious these meat alternatives are when prepared correctly.

Attendees will be able to sample different tamales from local chefs and restaurants and will also be able to cast their vote for their favorite tamales. The evening will also include entertainment, food samples, vendors, along with speakers Aurelio and Lily Arias – owners of El Palote Panaderia in Dallas TX. They will share their insight on what it’s like running one of the best vegan Mexican restaurants in their hometown.

Limited tickets are available for purchase now via for $15. This is a family friendly event where children under the age of 3 get in for free. To purchase tickets click HERE.

Participating chefs and competitors will be announced soon but honestly I can’t wait to see what genius vegan concoctions they come up with to claim the Best Vegan Tamal in El Paso.


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