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West Side shop sells millions of tamales

Delicious Tamales popular during holidays

SAN ANTONIO – Delicious Tamales on the city's West Side is one of the busiest tamale shops in San Antonio.

Owner Valerie Gonzalez said they sell more than 4.5 million tamales a year.

But this month alone, she said they've sold more than 3 million.

"People like variety, and we have nine different styles of tamales that they can pick from," she said. "We buy the corn raw. We cook it, we grind it. Everything is made from scratch. It's a very homemade feel, because everything is made from scratch."

The tamale is a traditional Hispanic food eaten during the holidays. "Masa," or ground corn, is stuffed with different meats or vegetables and steamed inside a corn husk or leaf wrapper.

Customer Samuel Scarnato has been coming to Delicious Tamales for many years. He always walks away with at least six- to eight-dozen tamales for his family.

"We've been coming here for the last 20 years, and Thanksgiving's 'turkey' and Christmas is Delicious Tamales," said Scarnato. 

The shop will be open Christmas Eve from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until all the tamales run out. It will be closed on Christmas Day.