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Are your tamales gluten free?

Yes they are! We as well are very particular when it comes to our spices. If the spices we receive do not meet our expectations we decline the spices.  

How long are the tamales good for?

Our tamales stay good in the refrigerator for up to a week. We recommend the tamales to be frozen only up to 2 months, to prevent freezer burn and loss of that good flavor.  

The Cooling Methods, What's that?!

Most likely you have purchased your tamales hot and fresh! Didn’t finish eating the tamales? No problem leave the aluminum foil open and put them straight in the refrigerator they will last a week from the point of purchase.  

Not going to eat the tamales the day of purchase but heating the tamales another day? We’ve done the work for you, we have frozen cooked tamales ready to be put in the freezer or refrigerator to thaw out, but remember we recommend the tamales to be frozen up to 2 months. As well as from the point you have put the tamales in the refrigerator to thaw they are good for a week. Just ask one of our crew member and they will be happy to assist you! 

Purchased the tamales hot but won’t eat them until a couple of days later and don’t want to freeze the tamales? Open up the aluminum foil and let the tamales cool on the counter for 30 minutes, then you can store the tamales in the refrigerator with the aluminum foil open.  


Which ever cooling methods you decide to do, one this is certain NEVER store the tamales temperature hot and with the aluminum foil sealed straight in the refrigerator or freezer. They will spoil and it has happened to customers mulitple times. Once the tamales have left Balderas we cannot refund the tamales




Re-Heating Cold Tamales.

Microwave: Place tamales in a thin plastic bag. These bags can be found in the produce department at your local grocery store. We recommend splitting a dozen, 6 tamales in one bag and 6 in another. It is important to pour a tad bit of water inside before tying the bag, no water the corn husk with dry and the tamales will be very dry as well. Place the bag in the microwave for 3 – 4 minutes. Be careful the tamales will be steaming hot! 

Stove Top:  Steamers are the best option for heating the tamales on the stove top. If you are re-heating 2-3 dozen it takes about 20 – 30 minutes, the more tamales add on an extra 5 – 10 minutes. Heat the tamales on medium heat. Believe it or not it also depends if you have an electric stove top or gas. Electric stove top takes a little longer for water to heat up rather than gas. Always, Always, Always watch your water level, if you hear the pot whistle it needs more water and quick it takes SECONDS for the tamales to burn! The corn husk will soak up the smell of burnt and it does not go away! 

Re-Heating Frozen Cooked Tamales.

So you just purchased frozen cooked tamales and now you need to heat them up. 

Option 1: You can thaw out the tamales in the fridge and   use the re-heating cold tamales method. 

Option 2: You can steam the tamales on Medium heat, now frozen cooked tamales and cold tamales are 2 different temperatures.  Cold tamales that have been thawed is steamed for an hour. Frozen cooked tamales that are put from the freezer straight to the steamer takes an extra 45 minutes. So in total 1 hour and 45 minutes on medium heat.  


Do you sell tamales all year or only just on the holidays?!

We sell our tamales all year, you want tamales at 7am for breakfast on a random Tuesday? We have them hot and ready at 7am! Want tamales on a hot summer day in the middle of June? We have them! Want tamales for Super Bowl parties, Fourth of July, Cinco De Mayo and Halloween parties? You guessed it.. we have them hot and ready!  And last but not least we have them during the holiday’s! 


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Phone: 281-970-6807

Address: 12139 Jones Rd, Houston Tx 77070