Where to find best tamales in LA

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- It's tamal season and Vista L.A. went in search of the best places in Los Angeles that serve the delicious Latino holiday food.

Most places make the tamales from scratch by using ground corn to make the masa and ingredients such as chicken, pork and meat with various sauces and vegetables for the filling.

Mary's Tortilleria
At this location, the corn is ground to make the tamale masa and tortillas every day. The owners, who also put together the tamales, offer generous portions of the filling.
Address: 10608 Whittier Blvd., Whittier, CA 90606
Phone: (562) 463-7819

La Moderna
This bakery first opened its doors in 1977, now 40 years later, multiple generations of the family help run the business.
Address: 8035 1/2 Norwalk Blvd., Whittier, CA 90670
Phone: (562) 695-9414


Mama's Hot Tamales
This place offers Peruvian and Mexican style tamales. It also provides free cooking and business classes with the goal to empower the community to be a better place to live and work.
Address: 2124 W 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90057
Phone: (213) 487-7474

La Mascota
This East Los Angeles location has been cooking up tamales for more than 61 years. The chicken and chili verde tamales are considered the best in L.A., according to many Angelenos.
Address: 2715 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023
Phone: (323) 263-5513

Alberto Tamales
This family-run Echo Park business offers a twist to traditional tamales, such as tofu chipotle, spinach cheese and chicken mole, among many others.
Address: 1644 W Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: (213) 484-4485
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