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Evelia Coyotzi: All Hail the Tamale Queen

Evelia Coyotzi making tamales.

When it comes to stories of the “American Dream,” I can’t think of a more quintessential example than that of Evelia Coyotzi, a Mexican immigrant who runs her own tamale truck in the heart of Queens, New York.

In a featured video on Vice Munchies, Coyotzi shares her struggles as an immigrant moving to the US to find opportunities for a better life. It’s a narrative we’ve all heard of before, but has a brighter ending than most. Coyotzi’s tamale business has thrived on the city streets since the early 2000s and feeds countless hungry New Yorkers from 4am to 12pm every single day. Of course, success never comes without hardships: as an outsider, Coyotzi and her husband have been scammed and even arrested more than 15 times for simply selling food on the streets.

In the end, Coyotzi says the struggle was all worth it: her business provides funds for her son’s education, and her love for making tamales is more evident than ever. Watch her full story here below.

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