9 Places to Order Tamales in Metro Phoenix
For those who grew up in the Southwest or have just lived here long enough to soak in the culture, tamales are a staple of holiday dining. And though they're not impossibly hard to make (really, we swear), the process does take quite a chunk of time and, ideally, a few extra hands. If you just can't schedule a whole day of making and wrapping tamales, we don't blame you. That's why we've gathered this handy list of places around town that will happily do the hard work for you
Someburros, the family-owned and operated local restaurant chain with a half-dozen locations in the Valley, is taking orders for red beef or green corn tamales for $22.95 per dozen. Orders must be placed a day in advance.
For more information check the Someburros website.
This year, Barrio Queen in Scottsdale and Gilbert will be offering three flavors of tamales for the holidays including pork green chile, chicken mole, and pineapple dessert tamales. Savory tamales cost $22 per dozen while dessert tamales cost $18 per dozen. Half-dozen orders are not available, but orders may be split between the two flavors and can be placed by calling 480-656-4197 or stopping by the either restaurant in person. Twenty-four-hour advance notice required.
For more information, check the Barrio Queen website.
For years this Scottsdale restaurant has been a favorite for ordering holiday tamales. Los Sombreros makes a dozen flavors including green corn, chiptole pork, beef and cheese, and pineapple and raisin for customers with multiple options for ordering. You can buy one dozen tamales of one flavor for $34.95 or one tamale of each of the dozen flavors for $39.95. Orders, which can be placed until December 20, must be pre-paid and placed 72 hours in advance. Tamale orders must be picked up between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on December 23.
For more information check the Los Sombreros website.
Molly's Tamales in Glendale offers a wide variety of flavors, ranging from the signature cactus (or nopal) tamale to the more unique salmon with chile option. Most tamale flavors cost $30 per dozen or $15 per half dozen, while salmon tamales cost $44 per dozen and $22 per half dozen. Orders can be placed by calling 623-937-1060 or e-mailing email@example.com. Place orders a week in advance.
For more information check the Molly's Tamales website.
Los Dos Molinos
With a couple days' advance notice you can order a few dozen tamales from any of the Los Dos Molinos locations around town. The restaurant offers several flavors of tamales including red chile, blue corn, or green corn for $30 per dozen.
For more information check the Los Dos Molinos website.
With several locations around town Carolina's makes it easy to get your tamale fix. The restaurant offers red beef, green chicken, and green corn tamales for $27.55 per dozen cooked or $17.55 per dozen not cooked at either the North Phoenix or Peoria locations. The original location on in Central Phoenix offers a dozen tamales, cooked or frozen, for $22.50. Just be sure to call a few days ahead to place your order.
For more information visit the Carolina's website.
Old El Paso Tamales
This east Mesa shop is a year-round destination for tamales in flavors including beef, pork, corn, green chile or chicken tamales on the savory side. Each dozen tamales from Old El Paso will cost you $14.99 and orders should be placed a week in advance. You can place your order by stopping by the shop or by calling 480-844-0477.
For more information check the Old El Paso Tamales website.
Tucson Tamale Company
You might recognize the Tucson Tamale Company name from AJ's, Sprouts, and Whole Foods, all of which carry this popular brand throughout Arizona. But you don't have to go to the store you get your holiday tamale fix. You can mail order frozen tamales directly through the Tucson Tamale website. Orders ship Tuesday through Friday and arrive via 2 Day Federal Express. Tamales are available in packs of two for about $6 each, but the company also offers gift packages with anywhere from 36 to 16 tamales of various types.
For more information check the Tucson Tamale website.
La Perla Cafe
This Glendale restaurant can offer several types of tamales at different price point. The red beef tamales from La Perla Cafe will cost you $22.50 per dozen or $20.50 for three dozen or more, while pork, chicken, turkey or green corn tamales are $25.50 per dozen. Place your order at least two days in advance.
For more information visit the La Perla Cafe website.
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