In the Borderland, the holidays are often celebrated with tamales. In Canutillo, one tamal shop has people lining up outside their door every season.
The owners of Tamales Lupita tell KTSM the tamales are homemade and made fresh daily.
It started in 1984 with Mundo Carillo’s own recipe. He’s the owner of Tamales Lupita.
Every day employees work to make the perfect tamales. They prepare the masa. Employees lay it out onto each of the thousands of corn husks. They husks are then filled with the different kinds of meats. The tamales are stacked into the trays and then cooked in batches.
Every year, more tamales are made and more people line up to get an order of the holiday tradition.
“We never know how many people are going to buy. How many dozens. Sometimes you wait two hours for your tamales, and they’re gone in 15 minutes. People have waited about 6 hours for the tamales in line. So it’s patience,” said Cindy Zuniga from Tamales Lupita.
It takes about five hours to make the tamales. The process continues over and over again throughout the day.
Thursday Dec. 20 is the last day the restaurant will be taking orders. Starting Dec. 21, it’s first come first serve and the only items they’ll be selling through Christmas Eve are tamales.
Tamales Lupita is located as 6860 Doniphan Dr. Suite B, Canutillo, TX 79835.