12 Favorite Spots to Score Tamales in Greater Phoenix

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Jamie Peachey
La Purisima Pasteleria
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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.

Old El Paso Tamales To Go

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.

Mi Comida Restaurante Latino

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.

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Location Info

Los Dos Molinos

260 S. Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Tamale Store

13046 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Molly's Tamales

8806 N. 43rd Ave., Glendale, Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Los Sombreros

2534 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

La Tolteca

1205 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Carolina's

9030 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Carolina's North

2126 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Carolina's Mexican Food

1202 E. Mohave St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

El Bravo

8338 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pedro's Mexican Restaurant

4938 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

La Purisima Pasteleria

4533 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Mi Comida

4221 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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2 comments
NoelL
NoelL

Maybe you can help me, in 19999 I visited Phoenix and I LOVED it! I had tamales in Phoenix they had posters on the wall of Mexican Americans who served in WW2 and won medals. One side was a cafe and the other side was a bar. What is this beautiful place?

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