In his 1936 song “They’re Red Hot,” blues artist Robert Johnson uses the imagery of a tamale vendor in his song about a woman. According to the Mississippi Blues Commission, the origins of the hot tamale in Mississippi could date back to the Mexican-American War, when U.S. soldiers brought the recipe home with them. Another theory suggests that the dish was brought to the Mississippi Delta by Mexican migrant laborers. No matter its origins, hot tamales have become a Mississippi favorite.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Hot Tamales in Mississippi are as follows:
- Tony's Tamales - Jackson
- Doris' Hot Tamales - D'Iberville
- Tamale Shak - Gulfport
- Fat Mama's Tamales - Natchez
- Hot Tamale Heaven - Greenville
- Doe's Eat Place - Greenville
- White Front Cafe - Rosedale
- Abe's BAR-B-Q - Clarksdale
- Hicks' Tamales - Clarksdale
- The Tamale Place - Vicksburg
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.
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