The holiday season is upon us, and as any real El Pasoan will tell you, it wouldn’t be Christmas without tamales.

The delicious mixture of masa filled with chicken or pork, wrapped in a corn husk, and steamed to perfection is a requirement at the dinner table this time of the year.

And while many families come together for a tamalada, or tamale-making party, I personally prefer to take the easy way out and just buy a dozen or three. Fortunately, El Paso is a big tamal town and there are plenty of restaurants that make them as good as any lady selling them out of a cooler at a Lower Valley Walmart parking lot.

Below are 10 El Paso-area restaurants known and loved for their tamales.

The list was compiled using my own voodoo science consisting of a mix of Yelp and Foursquare ratings, our listener’s input, opinions of trusted tamal lovers, and my own taste buds and arranged alphabetically.

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Bowie Bakery

Doña Lupita Tamales

Gussie's Tamales & Bakery

Mamas Mexican Restaurant

La Choza Menudazo y Tamalotes

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La Colonial Tortilla factory

La Tapatia

Pepe's Tamales

Tamales Lupita

Valentines Bakery