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Tucson Green Corn Tamales

Green corn tamales, so named because they are wrapped in fresh green husks rather than dry, beige ones, used to be seasonal, available only at the end of summer when both corn and chile were ready to harvest. But now farmers regularly truck fresh corn up from southern Mexico and autumn chile is roasted and frozen for year-around use. So it is possible to find green corn tamales almost any time in and around Tucson. And you do want to find them! Made from fresh kernels scraped off the cob along with plenty of juice to make the masa moist, they are ribboned with peppers (hot or not) and strips of melty cheese. A Sonoran Desert delight for breakfast, lunch or supper (or snack).

Teresa's Mosaic Cafe
Lerua's Fine Mexican Food
Tucson Tamale Company
Los Jarritos
Teresa's Mosaic Cafe - Tucson , AZ
If you like flour tortillas—and like watching them being made by the hundreds—you’ll be gleefully entranced at Teresa’s. While you’re chowing down on scrumptious Mexican breakfasts (eggs, chorizo, tamales, enchiladas, etc.), you can watch tortillas being hand-formed, grilled, and collected in a huge basket for distribution throughout the restaurant. Charming décor, spectacular sights and smells, and warm service place Teresa’s at the top of our morning must-eat list while in Tucson.
Lerua's Fine Mexican Food - Tucson , AZ
Lerua's has been serving Mexican food in Tucson since 1922. It is a small place, favored by locals for traditional Sonoran dishes as well as the Tucson specialty, topopo salad; but it is best known for its green corn tamales.
Tucson Tamale Company - Tucson , AZ
A storefront that is mostly take-out business, the Tucson Tamale Company also has a few tables at which customers can feast on some of the most delicious tamales in the Southwest.
Los Jarritos - Tucson , AZ
Los Jarritos is a charming 12th Avenue cafe where local Tucsonians come to eat and chat with each other and to enjoy traditional Sonoran fare from green corn tamales to hangover-cure menudo.

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