In the southwest, tamales are synonymous with the holiday season. Featuring a steamed corn dough, masa, filled with a variety of meats and vegetables and chiles, the tamales are wrapped and steamed in corn husks and often topped with a spicy sauce. These delicacies are a real labor of love involving many hours and many hands to get the job done. But if you’re craving tamales for your holiday meal - we have great news for you – you can Choose Chandler and support local by ordering your tamales from these local restaurants.
We’ve put together a list of Chandler restaurants that offer tamales by the dozen, from roughly Thanksgiving through New Year’s. But don’t worry, these restaurants also offer tamales year-round on their menu, making it a snap to satisfy your tamale craving.
Please note that availability and pricing is subject to change. Most restaurants require a minimum of 48-hour notice for large orders.
La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen
Located in Downtown Chandler, La Ristra brings their classic, New Mexican cuisine to Chandler featuring New Mexican Chile harvested from the Hatch Valley farms of New Mexico. Diners can enjoy a tamale any time of year as an entree, but during the holiday season, the family-owned restaurant offers their scratch-made tamales by the dozen. They're rolled, filled, folded, steamed and frozen and ready for pick-up. Choose from their red chile beef or green chile corn for $30/dozen, while supplies last!
Map: 140 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler AZ 85225 or (480) 590-0002
Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant
Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant is an iconic, family-owned and operated restaurant first established in 1979 by Ernie and Eva Serrano. Featuring fresh, delicious Sonoran-style Mexican food with recipes passed down through generations, the Serranos are proud to be the oldest, continuously owned, and operated family business in Chandler, Arizona, recently celebrating 100 years of business.
Through New Year’s Eve, Serrano’s will be offering its delicious red beef and pork or green corn tamales by the dozen for $39.99.
Map: 161 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler AZ 85225 or (480) 899-3318
Just north of Downtown Chandler his a family-owned and operated restaurant, Elmer's Tacos which opened in Chandler in 1974. The Chandler Mexican restaurant has been serving great, authentic Mexican food for multiple generations. Every year, Chandler residents and visitors can hardly wait for the holiday season to place their order for their pork tamales. For the 2022 holiday season, the pork tamales are available for purchase for $27.50/dozen or locals know to ask for the Tamale Holiday Pack which features two dozen pork tamales and a chip party pack!
Map: 355 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler AZ 85225 or (480) 963-6763
Valle Luna Mexican Grille
Whether you opt to order them by the dozen to cater a large meal at home or while dining at the waterfront, Chandler restaurant – you’ll find these delicacies year-round at Valle Luna Mexican Restaurant. Select from their classic shredded beef and pork blend or meatless green chile and corn, $28.00 per dozen.
Map: 1949 W. Ray Road, Chandler AZ 85224 or (480) 786-3100
Order Someburros’ authentic tamales from one of their Chandler locations and spread Christmas cheer with the to-go tamale platter including 15 red chili beef tamales and 15 vegetarian green chili and cheese tamales for $59 per platter for your next holiday event and family gathering. These delicious catered tamales platters by the local and family-owned Sonoran-style Mexican restaurant are traditionally crafted with housemade corn masa and can also be ordered ahead of time by contacting the location of your choice, ordering on Someburros.com or emailing email@example.com. Tamale platters must be placed at least 24 hours in advance.
Dine-in at a Someburros location or visit one of their drive-thrus to order tamales as a meal for only $4.05 each or savor the tamale combo plate with a tamale, taco, rice and beans ($11.65)!
All tamale menu items and the tamales catered platter are available during the holidays and year-round.
Map: 3461 W. Frye Road, Chandler AZ 85226 or (480) 726-8226
Map: 5095 S. Gilbert Road,Unit 1, Chandler AZ 85249 or (480) 597-6043