There are several places around Houston where you can find vegan tamales this holiday season.

Traditional Mexican meals during the holidays are a must, especially for Houston’s Hispanic community. And if you're vegan there are plenty of options, with Christmas and New Year’s quickly approaching, different Mexican restaurants in Space City are preparing to put their final touches on their vegan holiday menus. 

Here’s a look at a few places vegan Houstonians should check out for holiday-time meal offerings.

Andaluz Vegan

Houston’s own, Andaluz Vegan, has learned how to put their own twist on beloved holiday meals within Mexican culture.

Alex Arreguin, the owner of Andaluz Vegan, tells Houstonia that his most popular offerings are tamales and the hot beverage, champurrado. Tamales, which are traditionally made with meat inside, are a staple for Mexicans during the holidays, so Arreguin says that he does his best to replicate the meat that is inside, using jackfruit to do so.

Jackfruit is a replacement for chicken and pork due to its taste and texture. However, Arreguin says that he likes to use mushrooms and hibiscus blossoms for tamales, too. Those who are interested can pre-order tamales, sides and atoles for the holiday season. 

Andaluz Vegan, 10540 Cypress Creek Pkwy. Open for tamale order pick ups and to-go orders from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve. New Year’s day they will be doing to-go orders only from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information  call 281-865-1515, or visit them online.

Somos Semillas Vegan Kitchen

Another food service that curates a vegan menu is Somos Semillas. They are currently offering a holiday pre-order for a variety of hand-made banana leaf tamales. These include choripapas, which come with spice potatoes, walnuts and a three-bean chorizo, Jamaica Asada, which is their signature marinated and hibiscus flower meat, Nopales A La Mexican, a tamale with Mexican cactus, tomato, jalapeno, and onion. Frijol, which is slow-cooked pintos, jalapenos, and vegan queso, and lastly, a Suadero; a tamale with house-made brisket with mole sauce.

Somos Semillas, holiday pop-up at Henderson and Kane General Store, 715 Henderson St., December 18, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; make you're holiday tamale pre-orders online.

 

Cascabel Mexican Vegan

Billing themselves as a “Houston's first,” for their totally vegan menu, this restaurant in Spring Branch seems to have it all, in terms of Mexican food that's meatless and dairy-free. Their assortment of vegan baked goods tends to sell out quickly during the week. It’s a good idea, if you have a taste for some vegan pan dulce, to pre-order using their online menu.

For other offerings, they put an authentic spin on soy and jackfruit, using it to create everything from birria tacos to flautas. The menu is a rabbit hole of Mexican restaurant staples for the vegan crowd. Holiday meals can be ordered ahead for pick-up, and for those looking to celebrate Three Kings Day, their vegan Rosca de Reyes is sure to sell out (pre-order it on their website to pick up on Jan.6).  

Cascabel, 1415 Murray Bay St; open from 11 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. For more information about Christmas meal orders, or to ask about vegan tamales,  call (713) 999-9551, or visit their online menu.

 

Banyan Foods' Tofu Tamales

This Asian-American company, based in Houston, is considered the oldest tofu factory in Texas. The company distributes prepackaged, frozen vegan tamales to area supermarket chains, such as Fiesta, H-E-B and Whole Foods. Their tamales come in mild red salsa flavor and hot green salsa flavor. Check your area supermarkets before you go, because these tamales tend to fly off the shelves.

Banyan Foods tamales, available at area supermarkets like H-E-B and Whole Foods, call 281-575-8801 for more information, or check them out on social media.

 

 

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