Art's Tamales

Arts Tamales have been proudly made in the Peoria area for over 75 years. They were first sold in 1932 by Art Knutsen. His wife, along with another woman, hand-made the tamales in their kitchen where Art loaded them directly into his pushcart to be s...

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Arts Tamales have been proudly made in the Peoria area for over 75 years. They were first sold in 1932 by Art Knutsen. His wife, along with another woman, hand-made the tamales in their kitchen where Art loaded them directly into his pushcart to be sold on Peorias southside.

In Mexican culture, the making of tamales has become a centerpiece of family and community. Loved ones gather to create these delectables for special holidays as a way to spend quality time together. Here at Arts Tamales, we are proud to carry on the tradition of bringing the family together for mealtime.

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