Tucson Taco Tour Master Map & Gallery: 5 Tours for 23 Tacos

Last modified on March 31st, 2018 at 9:47 am

Taco Rasurado and Taco Hass at Tacos Apson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

If you spent a year away from Tucson, what would you miss the most?

While “friends, family, and Eegee’s” might be a popular response, the true answer is tacos. Explore elsewhere in the U.S. and you’ll likely have a harder time finding Mexican food outside of the realm of Tex-Mex with lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, sour cream, and hard shells.

We’re fortunate to have pillowy corn and flour tortillas, complex roasty and spicy salsas, and mesquite-grilled meats. It’s not just Tucson’s proximity to the Mexican border that helps — our neighbor Hermosillo is home of our beloved Sonoran hot dog. Additionally, the prominence of cattle ranching and mesquite trees resulted in the style of mesquite-grilled carne asada we’re so fond of today.

Perhaps some day we’ll have tacos on every corner, but in the meantime, most quality tacos are condensed along the western perimeter of Tucson. While it’s nigh impossible to get tired of tacos, it takes too much time and driving to try a different taco each day.

Our solution? Take a taco tour.  Go taco hopping. Whatever you want to call it. Grab a group of friends and order a batch of tacos so each person can eat a single taco, then move on to the next nearby taco joint.

Here’s a map of some of our favorites grouped geographically to minimize driving (and in some cases walking). We capped each group to six taquerias, but just order more tacos if you’re still hungry.


South 12th Avenue Taco Tour

Original Taco Tour Post: Tour de Taco’ Part I: South 12th Avenue (Interactive Map)

Tacos de Cabeza, 5245 S. 12th Ave.
Tacos de Cabeza (Credit: Shana Rose)

Tacos de Cabeza (Credit: Shana Rose)

BK Tacos, 5118 S. 12 Ave.
Carne asada tacos at BK Tacos on 12th Avenue (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Carne asada tacos at BK Tacos on 12th Avenue (Credit: Jackie Tran)

For more information, visit bktacos.com.

Taco Fish, 4841 S. 12th Ave.
Taco Gordo at Taco Fish (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Taco Gordo at Taco Fish (Credit: Jackie Tran)

For more information, visit tacofishtucson.com.

Taqueria Porfis, 3553 S. 12th Ave. #117
Combination plate at Taqueria Porfis (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Combination plate at Taqueria Porfis (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tacos Apson, 3501 S. 12th Ave.
Taco Rasurado and Taco Hass at Tacos Apson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Taco Rasurado and Taco Hass at Tacos Apson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Keep up with Tacos Apson on Facebook.

For additional details on South 12th Avenue’s taco scene, read ‘Tour de Taco’ Part I: South 12th Avenue (Interactive Map).


South Taco Tour

Original Taco Tour Post: Tucson Tour de Taco Part II: West 22nd Street & South Sixth Avenue

Maico Restaurant Mexican Food, 835 E. 22nd St.
Cabeza Taco at Maico

Cabeza Taco at Maico (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Keep up with Maico Restaurant Mexican Food on Facebook.

Birrieria Guadalajara, 304 E. 22nd St.
Birria tacos at Birrieria Guadalajara (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Birria tacos at Birrieria Guadalajara (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Taqueria Pico de Gallo, 2618 S. 6th Ave.
Tacos at Taqueria Pico de Gallo (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

Tacos at Taqueria Pico de Gallo (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

Carnitas La Yoca, 3530 S. 6th Ave.
Assorted tacos at Carnitas La Yoca (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Assorted tacos at Carnitas La Yoca (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Keep up with Carnitas La Yoca on Facebook.

For additional details on West 22nd Street & South Sixth Avenue’s taco scene, read Tucson Tour de Taco Part II: West 22nd Street & South Sixth Avenue (Interactive Map).


West Tucson Taco Tour

Original Taco Tour Post: Taco Tour Part III: West Tucson (Interactive Map)

Seis Kitchen, 130 S. Avenida del Convento #100
Crispy Avocado Taco Grande Platter and strawberry limón agua fresca at Seis Kitchen and Catering (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Crispy Avocado Taco Grande Platter and strawberry limón agua fresca at Seis Kitchen and Catering (Credit: Jackie Tran)

For more information, visit seiskitchen.com.

La Fresita West, 1450 W. St Mary’s Rd.
Assorted tacos at La Fresita West (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Assorted tacos at La Fresita West (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Keep up with La Fresita West on Facebook.

Taqueria Juanito’s, 708 W. Grant Rd.
Carne asada plate at Taqueria Juanitos (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Carne asada plate at Taqueria Juanitos (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Keep up with Taqueria Juanito’s on Facebook.

Aqui Con El Nene, 4415 N. Flowing Wells Rd.
Taco Yaqui at Aqui con el Nene (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Taco Yaqui at Aqui con el Nene (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Keep up with Aqui Con El Nene on Facebook.

For additional details on west Tucson’s taco scene, read Taco Tour Part III: West Tucson (Interactive Map).


Downtown Tucson Taco Tour

Original Taco Tour Post: Taco Tour Part IV: Downtown Tucson (Interactive Map)

Anita Street Market, 849 N. Anita Ave.
Birria, Machaca, and Cabeza Tacos at Anita Street Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Birria, Machaca, and Cabeza Tacos at Anita Street Market (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Keep up with Anita Street Market on Facebook.

Street Taco and Beer Co., 58 W. Congress St.
(Image courtesy of Street Taco and Beer Co. on Facebook)

(Image courtesy of Street Taco and Beer Co. on Facebook)

Keep up with Street Taco and Beer Co. on Facebook.

Penca, 50 E. Broadway Blvd.
Nopales Tacos at Penca (Credit: Claire Kaufman)

Nopales Tacos at Penca (Credit: Claire Kaufman)

For more information, visit pencarestaurante.com.

Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar, 220 N. 4th Ave.
Tacos at Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Tacos at Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

For more information, visit ermanosbrew.com.

La Indita, 622 N. 4th Ave.

For more information, visit lainditarestauranttucson.com.

BOCA Tacos y Tequila, 849 N. Anita Ave.
Elote, Cow Tongue Special, and Rib Eye Taco at BOCA Tacos y Tequila (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Elote, Cow Tongue Special, and Rib Eye Taco at BOCA Tacos y Tequila (Credit: Jackie Tran)

For more information, visit bocatacos.com.

For additional details on downtown Tucson’s taco scene, read Taco Tour Part IV: Downtown Tucson (Interactive Map).


Central Tucson Taco Tour

Original Taco Tour Post: Tucson Taco Tour Part V: Central Tucson

The Quesadillas, 2418 N. Craycroft Rd.
Quesadillas and tacos from The Quesadillas (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Quesadillas and tacos from The Quesadillas (Credit: Jackie Tran)

For more information, visit queso520.com.

Karamelo King, 3752 E. Grant Rd.
Tacos at Karamelo King (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Tacos at Karamelo King (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

La Botana Tacos + Patio + Amigos, 3200 N. 1st Ave.
Chicharron tacos at La Botana Tacos + Patio + Amigos (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chicharron tacos at La Botana Tacos + Patio + Amigos (Credit: Jackie Tran)

For more information, visit labotanagrill.com.

For additional details on central Tucson’s taco scene, read Tucson Taco Tour Part V: Central Tucson.

Have some favorite tacos not on this list? Let us know in the comments.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.
  • Mia

    Definitely missing Sonoran Delights from the West Side, they’ve been around decades longer than all of the others. A little morw

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