Taco Tuesday in Tucson: Karamelo King

Karamelo King cooks their carne asada with salt on a mesquite grill.

“Taco Tuesday in Tucson” is a column where we explore the unique tacos stands throughout Tucson… on Tuesdays.


When it comes to late-night tacos, Karamelo King earns the self-given royalty in its name.

The taco stand at 3752 E. Grant Rd. earned its late-night following with its exceptional tacos, Sonoran hot dogs, and of course, quesadillas and caramelos.

Karamelo King cooks their carne asada with salt on a mesquite grill. The beef shines in its simple preparation with the beef and smoke flavor at the forefront. They also spoon on a brothy tomato sauce—for extra juiciness—just before serving. Make sure to eat the taco swiftly so it doesn’t get soggy.

Carne asada taco at Karamelo King

Taco Tuesday in Tucson: Carne asada taco at Karamelo King (Credit: Jackie Tran)

If you can handle the heat, try the creamy-looking red salsa; it’s the hottest one there, loaded with fiery chile de arbol.

For daytime tacos, visit their brick-and-mortar location at 5224 E. Pima St.

Karamelo King is located at 5224 E. Pima St. from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday and at 3752 E. Grant Rd. from 4 p.m. – midnight Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Keep up with Karamelo King on Instagram.

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 and his Instagram @jackie_tran_.

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