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Dec 17, 2011 10:28 AM

Are there any decent vegetarian tamale options?

We tried the vegan tamales at Whole Foods and they were just awful. Truly awful. We don't need vegan tamales but we do need vegetarian tamales. Are there any edible options?


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  1. Don't know if this place is a hike for you, or not, but Cinnamon Vegetarian has good vegetarian and vegan tamales.

    Cinnamon Vegetarian Restaurant
    5511 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

      1. re: sushigirlie

        Sushigirlie what do you recommend at Tamara's?

        Tamara's Tamales
        13352 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

        1. re: wienermobile

          I don't really recommend anything. I just thought it was worth trying.

          1. re: sushigirlie

            agree, they're worth trying. their selection changes, but the vegetarian ones can be the simple green chile + cheese, or have fillings based on squash or mushroom. we've enjoyed pretty much anything we've tried there.

      2. The Tucson Tamale Company ships their tamales and I think they are wonderful. I particularly like the green corn and the Tucson. For vegan choices, the New Dehli is very good.

        1. we get cheese and jalapeno enchiladas from cacao mexicatessan and they're awesome. i'd call to make sure you can get them b/c coincidentally i was in there today and they seemed to be out.

          1. Tamales Alberto on Temple in the Echo Park area offers vegetarian tamales. They have a mixed vegetable, cheese and chile, bean and cheese, and spinach and cheese. You might want to call in advance to see if they have the vegetarian type you want to pick up.

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            1. re: chinchi

              There's green corn tamales, which I believe are vegetarian, though not vegan; it's past the season for them at El Cholo, but not at some other places...