East L.A. Tamale-Maker Serves Up Holiday Specialties

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Tamales Liliana’s, an East Los Angeles institution, churns out some 250,000 tamales every Christmas season, proprietors say.


Tamale production at Liliana’s was fast-paced on Christmas Eve 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

On Christmas Eve, the store opened at 2 a.m., and by midday, a long line stretched along the parking lot of the Cesar Chavez Avenue operation, one of two locations operated by Liliana’s.

Extra pressure cookers were brought in just for Christmas Eve.

Customers were waiting for the six tamale varieties sold at Liliana’s, where workers were packed in the kitchen.

What brings the customers in droves?

“Well, besides our tamales are very delicious, I think it’s because we have a variety of tamales,” Diana Vera said.

Liliana’s was slated to be open Christmas Day, and more information, including the menu, is on the company’s website.

KTLA’s Christina Pascucci contributed to this report.

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