Tamales Ancira is my #1 pick for, bar none, the best tamales in the county with the largest number of flavors. They create a taste bud delight that lets us go back in time over 8,000 years ago when the Mayans and Aztecs made these delectable gems.
The binational community of San Diego has a long history of tamale making. Because archeologists found Kumeyaay artefacts all over the Tijuana River Valley, today I want to honor some the the larger Native American cooking that we still experience in our daily lives. Tamales are the best example.
This small restaurant, located within a mostly industrial area of Chula Vista of Main Street, has the largest number of flavors I’ve ever found. They make their tamales fresh and by hand everyday. You can choose from beef, pork, chicken, cheese & jalapeno, picadillo, chicharron, sweet corn, beans & cheese, pineapple, nuts & raisins.
Their prices are extremely reasonable and it’s best to do either take out and enjoy their party pack of 100 tamales, 50 portions of rice & beans, 2 pints of salsa for $249.00.
They also sell the kid-crazy Raspados (the equivalent of shaved ice, except with many more flavors, such as tamarindo and chamoy) and the famous champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate). Mmmmm.
Address: 2260 Main St, Chula Vista, CA 91911. (619) 424-3416
Prices: The Comb #1 tamale with rice, beans & a drink is $4.99. Combo #3 with 3 tamales is $7.99.