6th Annual Tacos And Tamales Festival; March 23-24 At Desert Breeze Park

6th Annual Tacos And Tamales Festival; March 23-24 At Desert Breeze Park

6th Annual Tacos And Tamales Festival; March 23-24 At Desert Breeze Park

There are so many options for tamales in Las Vegas, that you kind of can't go wrong. But, in my opinion, mole tamales like these are the best.

If you’re looking for the best tamales in Las Vegas, you probably don’t have to travel too far. We have so many great places in town for Latin cuisine. But because there are so many, narrowing the best one down to just one restaurant would be nearly impossible. In fact, we had a hard time narrowing it down to seven. Because when it comes to food of any origin, Las Vegas is unmatched.

The Secret To The Best Tamales In Las Vegas, Or Anywhere

There are many reasons to celebrate tamales this month. March 23 is National Tamale Day. And March 23 through March 24 is the Tacos and Tamales Festival at Desert Breeze Park in Las Vegas. But the great thing about tamales is that you could eat them everyday and still not have enough.

There are many different varieties of tamales. But all traditional ones are made with that soft corn dough, called masa. Which is then rolled inside a corn husk. What the masa is stuffed with depends on where you get the tamales and who is making them.

Some are stuffed with beef or green chiles. Others with cubed chicken and corn, or black beans and cheese. I’ve even had a tamale with lobster meat inside. My favorite, hands down, is any tamale with mole sauce. Yum!

No matter what filling is added to the inside of a tamale, the secret to getting one that is moist and delicious is twofold, according to tastingtable.com. They say that adding the cooking liquid back into the tamale, as well as soaking the corn husks prior to assembly, is what makes the difference between a perfect tamale and one that’s too dry.

A Quick Note About Tamales

Although tamales are widely considered as Mexican food, they are actually believed to have originated in Mesoamerica. Which is the land that is between North and South America. And different cultures in both South and Central America have adopted their own way of doing them, according to spruceeats.com.

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If you’re like me, you might just let yourself believe that there is some magical tamale plant somewhere that grows tamales exactly the way we see them when they’re finished. Obviously that’s not the case. They actually take work. If you’re curious about just how a tamale is made, check out this video that sums it up pretty well.


Between restaurants, food trucks and corner carts, we probably have more places to get tamales than we have casinos to gamble at. And that can make it even harder to find the best tamales in Las Vegas. So we did the work of eating a lot of tamales for you (you’re welcome…and thank you) to find what might just be the best tamales in town.

7 Places For The Best Tamales In Las Vegas

  • The Tamale Place

    I know. It’s almost annoying that these guys killed the joke about having to be really good at something when it’s in your name. Because The Tamale Place is seriously good at tamales. If you’re like me and have a hard time choking down a dry tamale, this is the place for you. The masa is super moist on these bad boys. The fillings are full of flavor and they even nail the rice and beans. And as a bonus, they are a family-owned place with their secret family recipe baked into every tamale. Delicious.

    The Tamale Place is located at 9272 Tamarus Street on the corner of Tamarus and Serene. Right across the street from the Sam’s Club. They’re open Monday – Friday 10 a.m to 7 p.m, and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays.

  • Angelica's Delicious Tamales

    Another tamale place that lives up to its name. If you see a pop up with a “Angelica’s Delicious Tamales” sign on it, pull over! These tamales are worth the impromptu visit. And pop-ups are usually the only way to get these tasty treats. Angelica’s does have one day a week, Saturdays, that you can get pick up these tamales, as long as you’ve pre-ordered them.

    That main pick-up location is 8609 West Sahara Avenue. Follow Angelica’s Delicious Tamales on Facebook to see the menu for the month as well as the pop-up locations.

  • El Tamalucas

    One of Las Vegas’s best kept secrets when it comes to great tamales is El Tamalucas. It’s on the Las Vegas Blvd near the corner of Pecos, right across from Walgreens. El Tamalucas started as a little taco truck. Now it’s serving up some of the best tamales in town. If you are a fan of birria, you definitely have to try the birria queso tamales. So good!

    El Tamalucas is located at 2987 Las Vegas Blvd. They open at 11 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday and stay open until they sell out. Which sometimes doesn’t take long, so get there early!

    Also, this. Hot Cheeto Tamales?!?

  • Downtown Louisiana Tamale Shop

    For a truly different tamale experience, try the Downtown Louisiana Tamale Shop. In addition to your traditional chicken or beef tamales, they also have turkey tamales and tamales covered in chili. They even have a bowl that covers their delicious tamales in Doritos. This local, small business is truly one-of-a-kind.

    Downtown Louisiana Tamale Shop

    Come visit our small business in Las Vegas! Try our famous Louisiana style hot tamales through pick up, delivery, or catering. Our tamale shop is open for business!

  • Letty's de Leticia's Cocina

    This isn’t the first time that Letty’s has landed on one of our lists. We wrote about the cantina last year after they were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

    Besides having some seriously good authentic Mexican cuisine, Letty’s is a locally-owned place with a very friendly staff. And their tamales are amazing. They have many flavors to choose from, like the usual chicken, pork, or beef. But also Rajas con Queso with Ranchera, Guajillo or Tomatillo. And each just $5. Stop by on a beautiful day for patio seating and even live music.

    Letty’s De Leticia’s Cocina is located at 807 S. Main Street in the heart of the Arts District. Open everyday until 9 p.m. But that’s not the only place you can get their amazing food. Leticia’s Cocina & Cantina is owned by the same woman and has the same dishes. You will find a Leticia’s Cocina inside the Santa Fe Hotel & Casino. Open everyday until at least 9 p.m. (11 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays).

    Letty's de Leticia's Cocina - Art District Downtown, Las Vegas, NV

    Letty's de Leticia's Cocina, in the art district downtown on Main St., is a fast casual, traditional and authentic Mexican eatery. Letty's serves fresh homecooked small eats and more, Mexican tortas, taqueria of street tacos, breakfast all day and much more. Stop by for Letty's refreshing house made margaritas, Imported, domestic and craft cold beers, good tequila.

  • Dona Maria Tamales

    For those looking for that truly authentic “just like grandma used to make” taste, there’s Dona Maria’s. They don’t skimp on the meat in the filling and they are one of the few tamale places that has both sweet and savory tamales.

    Dona Maria Tamales has two locations. One in the downtown area at 910 South Las Vegas Blvd. Open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. And one location in Summerlin at 3205 North Tenaya Way. Open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. 19to0

  • Casa Don Juan

    Another great tamales place in the Las Vegas Arts District is Casa Don Juan. They keep it simple with three options for savory tamales and one for sweet. The savory include chicken with green sauce, pork with red sauce and cheese with jalapeños. The sweet option is filled with pineapples and raisins. Any of the savory tamales can be ordered enchilada style, with sauce poured on top.

    These tamales are on the pricier side. Currently $6.98 each for regular and $10.98 for enchilada style. Casa Don Juan has three locations around town. The one in the Arts District is at is located at 1204 South Main Street. There’s another location in the southeast at 3460 East Sunset Road near Pecos. And the one in Summerlin is located at 1780 N Buffalo Drive near Lake Mead Blvd.

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