The $1 Tamale Queen of New York - Street Food Icons

  • Published: 18 June 2019
  • Evelia Coyotzi has been selling dollar tamales in Corona, Queens since 2001. Her team starts every day around 9 PM, cooking through the night, so that by 4 AM, they're outside the Junction Boulevard subway stop selling her tamales.

    Originally from Tlaxcala, Mexico, Evelia makes a large variety of tamales, like tamales con rajas, mole, pollo verde, Oaxacan tamales and more, which she sells for $1-2 apiece out of a pushcart.

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Comments • 8 210

  • Marlene Aguirre
    Marlene Aguirre  5 hours back

    Que gusto en ver su sonrisa de todo el esfuerzo para superarse. :) Y si. Nos gusta trabajar. Y hay que echarle ganas.

    • Rossi D
      Rossi D  13 hours back

      Uff! When you have drive and ambition. Muchísimo respeto. Reminds me of the “habichuela con dulce” lady in Washington Heights. Much respect for these ladies.

      • zalo813
        zalo813  1 days back

        Wow, the work she has put into her tamale business is definitely why she and her team are successful! A very humbling bit of current history!

        • Dee jose2480
          Dee jose2480  2 days back

          Tamale Kingpin 😎

          • hello there
            hello there  2 days back

            love how this is an american documentary but no one speaking english

            • laksheya
              laksheya  2 days back

              i love this lady.

              • andrea
                andrea  2 days back

                la única cosa buena en **

                • Jose m
                  Jose m  3 days back

                  Tamales De Mole?? I never had one

                  • Ramona Ray
                    Ramona Ray  3 days back

                    Wrapea! Jajaja jajaja se envuelve y se puede hacer bien rápido haciendo más espesa la masa y se hace en una bolita, y se plancha con una tórtola dora y rapidísimo se hacen!

                    • Tiara Taylor
                      Tiara Taylor  3 days back

                      Is there a way we can support her business? For those that don’t live in NY? There’s no website or anything...just this video that Munchies is making money off of.

                      • Jess W
                        Jess W  3 days back

                        Can’t believe some loser ripped her off by selling her a cart with a fake license! People are so lame sometimes!

                        • johnkimx83
                          johnkimx83  4 days back

                          She is New York. Been going to this cart since college. Never changed.

                          • Somedude626
                            Somedude626  4 days back

                            This lady hustles...not like other dudes who talk about hustling and don’t do shit...this is another great american story.9pm start to 12 noon some rough hours many Americans not willing to work those hours and work outdoors

                            • jessejauregui
                              jessejauregui  4 days back

                              Cops would anyone who is easy to arrest or confiscated their items.

                              • obey
                                obey  1 days back

                                jessejauregui she doesn’t have a permit you dork

                            • 11:3 west
                              11:3 west  4 days back

                              7:45 moral of the story 🤣

                              • 11:3 west
                                11:3 west  4 days back

                                The secret ingredient is the residue on that
                                Mortar mixer 😂😂

                                • Root Capable
                                  Root Capable  4 days back

                                  Hard working woman at work. Watch and listen feminists.

                                  • burningboy27
                                    burningboy27  4 days back

                                    I heard Rob Scallons Rain in the background and must a fuckin tamale

                                    • Lil spume
                                      Lil spume  5 days back

                                      I want a tamale now

                                      • Sage Tea
                                        Sage Tea  6 days back

                                        Is this why I always see mexicans with a bunch of corn?

                                        • CarpFoon 0'Hydrate
                                          CarpFoon 0'Hydrate  6 days back

                                          Yo I wanna try her tamales

                                          • Stacy Vega
                                            Stacy Vega  6 days back

                                            Tamales are the fucking best

                                            • Sparky Orte
                                              Sparky Orte  6 days back

                                              This warms my heart

                                              • Robert Moray
                                                Robert Moray  7 days back

                                                this lady is incredibly strong. People like this make a great country.

                                                • Scum Bag
                                                  Scum Bag  1 weeks back

                                                  • Eamon O'Connell
                                                    Eamon O'Connell  1 weeks back

                                                    Food even the poor can afford. Government doesn't need competition.

                                                    • Quiero Cake
                                                      Quiero Cake  1 weeks back

                                                      The look so delicious I want tamales now

                                                      • Urusai Kodokushi
                                                        Urusai Kodokushi  1 weeks back

                                                        I will sell mine tamales for 50cents

                                                        • Obama
                                                          Obama  1 weeks back

                                                          100 dollars worth of supplies can easily make you 400 dollars worth of tamales

                                                          • stephanie garcia
                                                            stephanie garcia  1 weeks back

                                                            Reina de los tamales indeed 👏🏾👏🏾

                                                            • Deessa
                                                              Deessa  1 weeks back

                                                              I want tons of this tamales now

                                                              • Eva Cuevas
                                                                Eva Cuevas  1 weeks back

                                                                It's tamal for 1 and tamales for multiple. there's no Tamal"e".

                                                                • Alva balcazar
                                                                  Alva balcazar  1 weeks back

                                                                  This is Amazing! Everytimes i go to NY & i go to my aunts in queens she always there . Best tamales !!!

                                                                  • Mishell Namjoon
                                                                    Mishell Namjoon  1 weeks back

                                                                    Mexican lady : I love to work
                                                                    American people : I need government support aka lazy AF

                                                                    • YT Drizzy
                                                                      YT Drizzy  1 weeks back

                                                                      This is what i love about mexicans they don't give up in life.💀fuck trump and your feelings👎

                                                                      • Vinson
                                                                        Vinson  1 weeks back

                                                                        She's the definition of America
                                                                        Work hard
                                                                        Pay taxes
                                                                        Have the man looking over your shoulder
                                                                        ...i love tamales.😊

                                                                        • obey
                                                                          obey  1 days back

                                                                          Vinson can’t seem to get a vendors permit though

                                                                      • Traven is here
                                                                        Traven is here  1 weeks back

                                                                        Wait, what was it that Trump said about mexicans?
                                                                        If only half the country was as tough, willing to work and kind to their co-worker as this lady, America would be paradise. Till then make shure you get as many mexicans like that you can find :-)

                                                                        • Ad Suma
                                                                          Ad Suma  1 weeks back

                                                                          We do have that also here in the philippines,in mindanao island we call it binaki and is it.sweet and it is just a snack to us.only us here in mindanao know how to make it also.

                                                                          • Валера
                                                                            Валера  1 weeks back

                                                                            I hope you pay to Rob Scallon for the music used

                                                                            • helmsdeep84
                                                                              helmsdeep84  1 weeks back

                                                                              Is this what lazy looks like Trump?! Lazy means golfing for most of the time while supposedly working. That's what lazy is! This lady is amazing!

                                                                              • obey
                                                                                obey  1 days back

                                                                                helmsdeep84 cherry picking much

                                                                            • CEN CAL
                                                                              CEN CAL  1 weeks back

                                                                              Why didnt she sell tamales in mexico

                                                                              • obey
                                                                                obey  1 hours back

                                                                                @CEN CAL Nah but you telling me to learn how to read is pretty dumb when it's coming from you xd

                                                                              • CEN CAL
                                                                                CEN CAL  12 hours back

                                                                                @obeythis aint no spelling bee

                                                                              • obey
                                                                                obey  12 hours back

                                                                                @CEN CAL "coulda also" you know what that translates into? "Could a also".

                                                                              • CEN CAL
                                                                                CEN CAL  12 hours back

                                                                                @obey Learn to read

                                                                              • obey
                                                                                obey  13 hours back

                                                                                @CEN CAL What? Can you make a proper sentence?

                                                                            • John Soap Mctavish
                                                                              John Soap Mctavish  1 weeks back

                                                                              Mexicans if they lose their they wont stop until they find one meanwhile Americans give up on day one 😂

                                                                              • David
                                                                                David  1 weeks back

                                                                                She deserves more in life, she’s a hard worker, that’s what it is to be a Latino

                                                                                • Rose Madeline
                                                                                  Rose Madeline  1 weeks back

                                                                                  God bless her 🙏🏻

                                                                                  • Yolanda Meza
                                                                                    Yolanda Meza  1 weeks back

                                                                                    Here in California they don't not let people sale street food even they had a License cause people dies of food poisoning. But her tamales does looks good

                                                                                    • Gabby C
                                                                                      Gabby C  1 weeks back

                                                                                      I figured here would be a good place to ask if anyone might know..
                                                                                      I live in queens NY and I wanna know where I can buy leaves like avocado, banana, etc I can never find them fresh and would buy them frozen but only if they’re good quality ! 💘

                                                                                      • zander robles
                                                                                        zander robles  1 weeks back

                                                                                        yo i fuckin love tamales guys i love them so mich gues i love tanked

                                                                                        • Just Willy 101
                                                                                          Just Willy 101  1 weeks back