Where to get your holiday tamales in the East Valley

BY Jess Harter Monday, November 27, 2017

Tamales112717With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, it’s time to turn our attention to the next major holiday – Christmas. And in the Southwest, Christmas means tamales.

If you’ve ever tried to make your own tamales, you know what a labor-intensive process it can be. Fortunately, several East Valley restaurants sell uncooked tamales to go.

You sometimes can order a dozen and pick them up the same day, but in most cases you’re going to have to give the restaurant at least 24 hours’ notice.

La Ristra: $25 per dozen for red beef or green corn. Call the Gilbert restaurant at 480-545-2880.

Serrano’s: $24.99 per dozen. Call the restaurant nearest you in Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, or Queen Creek.

El Palacio: $40 for a dozen tamales, pint of salsa, pint of guacamole, and bag of chips. Call the Chandler restaurant at 480-802-5770.

Carolina’s: $8.75 per half-dozen or $17.55 per dozen for red beef, green chicken, or green corn. Call the Mesa restaurant at 480-912-3420.

Los Dos Molinos: $25 per dozen for carne adovada, red chile beef, blue corn, green chile chicken or green chile (plain). Call Mesa restaurant at 480-969-7475.

Someburro’s: $24 per dozen for red beef or green corn. Call the restaurant nearest you in Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, or Queen Creek.

Espo’s: $24 per dozen for red beef or green chile with cheese. Call Chandler restaurant at 480-588-7377.

Old El Paso Tamales: $7.99 per half-dozen or $14.99 per dozen for chicken, pork, beef, corn, green chile, spinach, or dulce (sweet). Call the east Mesa restaurant at 480-844-0477.

Mother’s Tamales: $10 per half-dozen or $19.99 per dozen for green chicken, red beef, red pork, corn, or jalapeno and cheese. Call the east Mesa restaurant at 480-969-5312.

Tukee’s Tamales: $16 per half-dozen or $25 per dozen for red pork, green corn with cheese, or spiced chicken with red and green masa. Email orders to Tukeestamales@gmail.com for pickup at Dec. 22 pop-up.

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