Since the early 1980s, Texas Tamale in Houston has been making gourmet, lard-free tamales, combining smooth masa with savory fillings and wrapping them in cornhusks. It's been a recipe for success: The company started in a home kitchen, branched out to a street cart and ultimately opened its own popular deli. Their chicken tamales have the perfect balance of soft masa and tender chicken with a bit of a kick from piquant chilies. Gluten- and trans fat-free, they’re fully cooked. Just steam or microwave to enjoy a real Tex-Mex treat in minutes.