12 Favorite Spots to Score Tamales in Greater Phoenix
<La Purisima Pasteleria
Jamie Peachey La Purisima Pasteleria
Like a beacon of baked goodness, this giant blue building in Glendale is sure to catch your attention, if the aromas coming from its fragrant pastries and breads don't get to you first. Along with several varieties of pan dulce and cases packed with other Mexican sweet treats there's tamales. Pop by or call 623-842-1400 to order classic creations such as red and green chile pork, cheese, roasted red pepper, and corn for $17 a dozen. Want to throw in a molasses-flavored puerquito, the giant animal cookie shaped like a pig, with your order? No problemo.
When it comes to its tamales, this hidden gem in Mesa features several kinds to try in-store as well as take to go. Check out flavors like green chili chicken, corn, pork, and beef. Since walk-in availability could be sketchy on your favorite filling, best to call in your order ahead of time at 480-844-0477. Most varieties are $14.95 per dozen.
For those looking for a unique take on their tamales this year, this stellar Ecuadorian and Peruvian restaurant tucked inside a strip mall in North Phoenix will whip up a dozen of them for you -- Ecuadorian style -- for $24. Nothing at all like the Mexican version, the dough of Ecuadorian tamales is smoother and a bit sweet. Filled with, in this case, pork, tomatoes, and chiles, these tamales come wrapped in banana leaves instead of corn husks. Stop by the restaurant to try one (and other tasty eats) or call 602-548-7900 to order.
260 S. Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ