Tamales-An Arizona Christmas Tradition

Arizonians love tamales year-round, but during the holidays the traditional Mexican dish becomes something special. During the holidays you can not only order tamales with a side of rice and beans for dinner, but you can also order them by the dozen “to-go” at these Scottsdale restaruants.

Habanero’s Mexican GrillHabanero
Starting two weeks before Christmas, Habanero’s will be selling tamales for three weeks. Look for them stuffed with red pork carnitas, green chile chicken or steak in red sauce ($25 a dozen, cooked). Order one day in advance.
14870 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-991-2997, habaneros.mx.

Barrio Queen
Tamales get the royal treatment here in these varieties: pork green chile (the pork is slow-cooked in Coca-Cola), or chicken mole in a spicy dark chocolate and chile sauce ($18 a dozen, frozen). Order a day ahead.
7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale. 480-656-4197, barrioqueen.com.

Los Sombreros
Los Sombreros offers a dozen varieties of tamales. Among them are green corn, tomatillo chicken, spicy pork, red-chile beef, chorizo with black beans and dessert tamales. Order one dozen of one flavor, cooked or frozen, for $27.95. One of each of the 12 flavors is $29.95. Order 72 hours in advance. All orders must be placed and picked up by 9 p.m. Dec. 23.
2534 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-994-1799. Also, 14795 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-991-1799. lossombreros.com.

El Molino
This Mexican cafe only needs three hours notice to prepare your tamale order in any of these flavors: green corn, red beef, red pork, spicy poblano, chicken, strawberry and pineapple ($30 a dozen, frozen or cooked).
3554 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-946-4494, elmolinocafe.com.

The Tamale Store
In addition to chicken green chile, pork red chile, pork green chile, chicken chipotle and chicken mole, the Tamale Store has three vegetarian selections: green corn and cream cheese; roasted poblano chiles with Monterey Jack cheese; and bean and cheese.  All tamales are $6 for two, $16 for six and $28 a dozen. Little tamale bites come in jalapeño-popper and pumpkin-pie flavors ($10 for two dozen). After Dec. 1, select tamales are available to walk-ins and at farmers markets.
13046 N. Cave Creek Road. 602-435-2604, thetamalestore.com.

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