Aaron and Elizabeth Scott started Scott's Hot Tamales in 1950 but the making of the tamales began many years earlier. Elizabeth's love for tamales prompted Aaron to get the recipe from a man of Mexican descent. Aaron believed it was better to make the tamales instead of repeatedly buying them. After a lot of tweaking, Aaron and Elizabeth developed the secret recipe, which still remains the same to this day. Unfortunately, Aaron passed away in 1986 and Elizabeth retired in 2001 but the tradition lives on thanks to most of their nine children and several grandchildren.
Our family recipe isn't the only thing that has remained the same throughtout the years. The TLC that goes into our tamales hasn't changed. The beef brisket-filled tamales are individually wrapped by hand in corn shucks. The corn shucks are boiled, inspected and washed to ensure the tamales are wrapped in nothing but the best. The only change has been where in Greenville, Mississippi the tamales are sold. The location has changed from a pushcart on Washington Avenue to the stand on Nelson street to the current location on MLK Boulevard.
Scott's Hot Tamales was featured in the article A Tale of Two Tamales in
the December 2010 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Elizabeth Scott
received the 2007 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award by Southern
Foodways Alliance (SFA). Scott's Hot Tamales has won various awards
over the years in tamale competitions but is very proud of the "People's
Choice" awards. We are very thankful for our loyal customers and we
hope new customers taste the TLC that goes into our tamales as well.