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Best Tamales in Los Angeles

Tamales are as ubiquitous to Los Angeles as palm trees, so this list of the Best Tamales in Los Angeles certainly isn’t all-inclusive – but they are our favorites. And if you’re looking for Tamales Near You, take a look at our handy map down below.

Best Tamales Near Me

In case you just arrived here, you may ask: What is a tamale? Tamales are delicious “masa” (corn dough) that can be filled with various meats, cheeses, or sweet fillings and wrapped in a corn husk, or banana leaf, then steamed and served with sauce, beans and rice maybe, or alongside an entrée. They are super comfort food!

Tamales are also a Christmas tradition that comes to us from Mexico, and we’re grateful that we can partake!

True tamale fans will tell you that the best ones are made from homemade recipes and won’t always be featured in Zagat Guide. In fact, getting together with family and friends for a Tamalada (a tamale-making party) is a wonderful way to have fun AND make dinner!

But if you’re not planning to make your own, you can get holiday Tamales from one of the great places on this list. Place your orders early, or prepare to wait in line. Either way, they will be worth the wait!

Tamales Liliana’s
Two locations 4629 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles CA 90022 and
3448 E. First Street, Los Angeles CA 90063

This place has lines all year long! “Tamales Liliana’s is a family-owned Mexican Style Restaurant that has proudly served Los Angels and surrounding communities for over twenty-four years.” You can eat inside the restaurant or you can order tamales to go. They have cheese, pork, green chile, red chile and sweet flavors like pineapple. The cheese has a slight jalapeño kick making it one of our favorites! While you are there grab some authentic Mexican “Dulce de Coco” or champurrado.

3014 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90006
(213) 427-0608

You need to go here, and not just for the Tamales, but for the best Oaxacan food in the country! With its soft texture, and wrapped in a banana leaf the Mole Negro tamales are a must this time of year. They also have a sweetened corn tamale with raisins that you won’t regret. Order online or via phone or bring a group to the restaurant. 

La Mascota Bakery
2715 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023
(323) 263-5513

This is a favorite for locals! Not only because of the tamales, but because of all the delicious food from tortas to pan dulce. For the holidays, people drive from all over the city to wait in line for these delicious tamales that have been sold in Boyle Heights for over 65 years.

Los Cinco Puntos
3300 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd., East Los Angeles, CA 90063
(323) 261-4084

This is another East LA staple. Rachel Ray once said it had one of the best tacos in America, but we want you to come and taste the tamales! If you come on a weekend, be prepared for a line, because people from all over L.A. come here for the masa and the delicious tamales.

La Indiana Tamales
1142 S. Indiana St., Los Angeles, CA 90023

La Indiana Tamales describes itself as “the best kept secret in Los Angeles.” They offer all the traditional tamales with chicken, beef, vegetables, as well as sweet tamales. Christmas is their “peak season,” so be prepared and be patient. Tamales are made from scratch using only the freshest ingredients. For your convenience, tamales may be ordered online.  

King Taco
Multiple locations including
1118 Cypress Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90065

Luckily, there are multiple locations of King Taco Restaurants around Los Angeles, so you’re never too far away from one. King Taco was founded in 1974 and began operating from a converted ice cream truck. King Taco does the basics — chicken, pork, cheese with jalapeños, or sweet (sugar and pineapple pieces). For those with dietary restrictions, you can check the website for a listing of calories and nutritional content.

Chichen Itza
3655 S Grand Ave #C6, Los Angeles, CA

Chichen Itza Restaurant is a family owned and operated a business inside the Mercado la Paloma in south Los Angeles. They “specialize in Yucatecan Food, maintaining the authentic flavor of this original Southeast Mexican Cuisine.” You can also order online.

Gracias Madre
8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 978-2170

Gracias Madre is a plant-based Mexican restaurant. So those who are vegan can still enjoy tamales during the holidays (and year-round). Check the website for information about holiday tamales and how to order them. 

Me Gusta Gourmet Tamales
13752 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331

Me Gusta Gourmet Tamales is a “family owned business established in 1999 by the Ortega Family.” What began as a small restaurant in San Fernando has grown to a 10,000-square foot tamale factory in Pacoima. Over the years, their tamales have won numerous awards. Enjoy the classics – beef, pork, chicken, pineapple, and veggie. 

Tamales Alberto
1644 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Tamales Alberto was established in 1997. Since then, they’ve developed a loyal following. Their tamales are made from original family recipes and are made with a variety of fillings. Select chicken, pork, and cheese tamales, or if you’re in the mood for something sweet, try the strawberry and pineapple sweet tamales. Vegan and vegetarian-style tamales are also available. 

Tamales House
15404 Nordhoff St., North Hills, CA 91343 and
7622 Reseda  Blvd., Reseda, CA 91335

Many consider the tamales at Tamales House to be among the very best! Enjoy “secret family recipe” tamales including pork, chicken, spinach and cheese, and beef. Sweet varieties include traditional strawberry, pineapple, sweet corn, and cinnamon and raisins. 

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