12 Favorite Spots to Score Tamales in Greater Phoenix
Serving authentic Mexican food in the Valley since 1947, this bakery, restaurant, and market in downtown Phoenix churns out tamales by the dozen -- hot and ready to go for $16.99 and frozen for $14.99. Choose from flavors like green chile cheese, chicken and beef, and dessert tamales like strawberry or pineapple. And if you're making your own this year, they've got all the ingredients you'll need.
At the Mesa location of this legendary family-owned Mexican restaurant, you can score five kinds of tamales -- carne adovada, red chile beef, blue corn, green chile (no meat), and green chile chicken -- for $25 per dozen. Plus, when you order two dozen of any kind, you'll get six pineapple tamales for free. Call 480-969-7475 or stop by the restaurant to place an order.
Along with some of the best homemade tortillas around, this Valley favorite with a cult following since 1968 serves tasty tamales, too. Snag red beef, green chicken, or green corn tamales for two bucks each, $11 for six, and $18 for a dozen. With three locations in the Valley, it shouldn't be tough finding a Carolina's tamale nearby.
260 S. Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ