The holidays are here, and it's time to unwrap those beautiful tamales. But if you don't want to spend hours making yours, where should you get them?

Alamo Tamales & Taco has a decades-long reputation for hand-rolled tamales. Varieties include pork, beef, chicken, bean, cheese and jalapeño, sweet corn, and Salvadoran corn and chile. You can get also get machine-made tamales for about five bucks cheaper per dozen, but why stoop to that level? And if you have some free time and want some cash (and know how to roll tamales), Alamo is looking for holiday help.

It's over in Cy-Fair, but yeah, you just have to make to trek over to Balderas Tamale Factory. Open for nearly 20 years in the Houston area, the family-run establishment sells a dozen tamales (pork, chicken, hot pork, beef) starting at $9. There's also a tamale plate on offer, if you're looking to get yours with rice and beans. If you want to place an order, get it in now (last year they stopped taking them a week before Christmas).

You can order holiday tamales at La Mexicana, the family-owned Montrose spot heading into its 37th year. Get a dozen for $16.95, a half-dozen for $9.95, or one for $2.35. 

Get a dozen tamales for $10.99 at Luna's Tamale Factory & Mexican Grill. Six are $5.99, three are $2.99, and one is $0.99. Flavors include pork, chicken, beans, and cheese. Add salsa to your order for $3.49 per dozen tamales. 

Obviously the Texas Tamale Company is at it this year. The spot by Richmond and Fountain View sells affordable beef, chicken, pork, spinach, and black bean by the dozen ($8.95) or half-dozen ($4.95). One is just $0.89. You can also get TTC tamales in supermarkets across the city, and order tamale kits and meals online via its website.

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