Where to Get Tamales in Milwaukee

A quick glance at restaurants serving tamales in Milwaukee.

Imagine a nice afternoon day, you are thinking of what to make for dinner but don’t really feel like cooking.

At the same time, you don’t want to go out just to eat the same old taco or burger either. Because let’s be honest, we have all seen the lists of area taco and burger places. What is hardly ever mentioned is tamales.

Milwaukee is a city full of restaurants, bars and venues there has to be someplace to get a tamale around here to spice things up a little. Here are four local spots serving up this delicious dish. 



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Jose’s Blue Sombrero 


Are you in Brookfield, Fox Point, Racine or Wauwatosa and looking for a tamale? Jose’s Blue Sombrero has you covered! Their three tamales option costs $12.45 and comes with rice and beans. You have the choice of chicken or steamed pork for protein. Besides the three tamales entree, you can also get a tamale as part of a combo.

Get Them While They’re Hot Tamales


Get Them While They’re Hot Tamales is a mobile food cart and catering option. There are plenty of fillings and price ranges as shown in the image. According to their Facebook, you can find them on Friday at Howell & Oaklahoma, Saturday at 84th & Howard and Sunday at 92nd & Burleigh. Delivery is also an option with 24-hour notice.

Courtesy of Get Them While They’re Hot Tamales Facebook Page

El Tenampa Mexican Grill & Cantina

8660 N. 107TH ST.

El Tenampa Mexican Grill & Cantina has a lunch special for tamales that’s a good deal. You get two tamales with rice and beans plus the soup of the day for $9.75. You have plenty of options on what tamales you can get including chicken, pork, ground beef, shredded beef and for an extra 99¢ steak.

Taqueria Buenavista

6000 W. BURNHAM ST. 

Located in Milwaukee, you can find Taqueria Buenavista with ease. Their tamale dinner also comes with rice and beans. Their menu is full of variety so if someone in your dining party wants to get that taco, they can. 



Corey Schmidt was an editorial intern for Milwaukee Magazine in Fall 2020. Currently, Corey is a junior at DePaul University where he majors in both French horn performance and communication & media.