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Where to Eat Tacos in Tucson

Updated October 2, 2023

Welcome to perhaps the most important Foodie Guide we’ve made — the guide to the best tacos in Tucson.

This may come as a surprise to you, but there are a lot of options for all things Mexican food in this city. Tucson is quite the hotspot for taco trucks, shops, and stops! So we included a whole bunch of the best crunchy, soft, deconstructed, deep-fried, reimagined, fresh, frozen, and frankly fantastic tacos this side of the border.

Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know down below!

Photo Courtesy of Anita Street Market

Anita Street Market

A family-run joint where they take their tortillas seriously – they’re handmade, fresh, and oh-so-delicious. And the love they pour into their cooking? You can taste it in every bite. The tacos here are the real deal, stuffed with incredibly tasty braised meats. Do yourself a favor and try the QuesaBirria and the juicy Machaca. You won’t regret it.

Taco Yaqui & Taco Lorenza Carne Asada at Aqui Con El Nene (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Aqui Con El Nene Restaurant

This is where you go when you want a taco that’s a bit different. Their signature Taco Yaqui has enough flavor to knock your socks off. It’s got everything – roasted green chile, mesquite-grilled carne asada, mushrooms, stringy white cheese, and even crumbled bacon, all sandwiched between two tortillas. Yum!

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Baja Tacos

If you’re all about those fish tacos and can’t resist a spicy salsa, you’ve got to hit up Baja Tacos. The vibe is chill and the food is off the charts. Seriously, we can’t stop raving about their Shrimp Ceviche and Fish Tacos.

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Taco Rojo at Benny's Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Benny’s Mexican Restaurant

Stumble into Benny’s Mexican Restaurant once, and you’ll find yourself coming back again and again! Their spicy, cheesy red tortillas are unbelievable. And do yourself a favor – try the Limonada, it’s amazing.

Birrieria Guadalajara

Think Costa Rican roadside luncheonette, but in Tucson. The Birria Tacos are so tasty that you’ll want to take an extra batch home with you. And let’s not forget about their Carne Asada Tacos, either – they’re a crowd favorite. Plus, they’ve got a whole bunch of other tacos and burros on the menu, and their bunuelos are unbeatable.

BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs (photo credit: Jackie Tran)

BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs 1st Ave.

This spot’s all about that awesome carne asada cooked over mesquite, giving it a rich charred flavor. Their tortillas are super fresh, and the carne asada is not just for tacos – you’ll find it in burros and even in a cheesy caramelo. And don’t sleep on their salsa bar, it’s packed with fresh goodies!

a plate of food on a table
Boca Tacos Y Tequila (Photo credit: Dan Gibson)

BOCA by Chef Maria Mazon

BOCA’s tacos break the mold – no basic cheese, beef, or lettuce here. Instead, you’ll find tacos with everything from grilled octopus to fire-roasted corn, all served up on homemade tortillas. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out their exotic meat night every Wednesday. To top it all off (literally), their salsas have their own flair, with unique flavors like mango-habanero and ginger-wasabi.

Assorted breakfast dishes at Calle Tepa (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Calle Tepa

If you love options, you’ll love Calle Tepa. Their Tepa-style Shrimp Tacos are a hit, but that’s just the beginning. Choose from street tacos with onions and cilantro, or Tepa tacos loaded with lettuce, pico, and queso fresco. Seafood lovers will love their Mahi Tacos, and the Veggie Tacos are top-notch too!

Carnitas La Yoca

This place is all about the vibe and the tacos. They keep it simple with a streamlined menu, but oh boy, the flavors are anything but. Tacos? They’ve got ’em all – from Birria to Carnitas and Buche. And let’s not forget the homemade salsas that give everything that extra kick.

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Jackfruit Taquitos at Charro Vida (Photo credit: Hannah Hernandez)

Charro Vida

Charro Vida takes inspiration from the Mediterranean diet and Sonoran cuisine. They’re big on “Food With A Purpose” — that is, sourcing fresh local produce and using healthy fats. They’ve got a solid selection of tacos – from Jackfruit Carnitas to Tempeh Asada and even a Breakfast Taco with walnut chorizo. And they’ve got vegan options to boot!

Cocteleria La Palma Mariscos Y Mas

This cool food truck is a hidden treasure in Tucson, run by the awesome Romero family. It’s got a loyal fanbase who can’t get enough of their delicious Fish and Shrimp Tacos. One bite and you’ll be hooked! Get it??

Paella Valencia at Contigo Latin Kitchen (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Contigo Latin Kitchen

Imagine munching on some top-notch Latin food while soaking in incredible views of majestic mountains. That’s Contigo for you. Their tacos, especially the Fish Tacos and Cochinita Pibil, are excellent — definitely one of the more elegant place to grab tacos in Tucson.

Chalupas at El Antojo Poblano (Photo by Jackie Tran)

El Antojo Poblano

This new kid on the block is bringing the unique flavors of Puebla, Mexico, right to Tucson. Run by the dynamic duo, Analy and Leobardo Guzman, they’re dishing out some seriously delicious and unique eats. From the towering Cemita Sandwich to the special Chalupas Poblanas, they’ve got it all. And if you like your food with a kick, their salsas are not to be missed.

El Chinito Gordo (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

El Chinito Gordo

This spot is all about the real-deal Mexican food, passed down through generations. Their Crispy Tacos come with a variety of tasty fillings like ground beef, shredded beef, chicken, or potato. But the true star? Their Soft Tacos, which range from Al Pastor to a Hot Cheetos version. PS – don’t sleep on their Quesabirria – it’s a crispy quesadilla that’s packed with flavor.

El Chivo de Oro

If you’re looking for real-deal Mexican food without breaking the bank, you’ve gotta check out El Chivo de Oro. They’ve got a friendly crew serving up some of the best street tacos in Tucson. The Al Pastor Tacos are definitely the place to start!

a plate of hot dogs with different toppings sitting on a table
El Manantial Tacos Y Hot Dogs (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

El Manantial Tacos Y Hot Dogs

A unique mobile restaurant that offers both a taco truck and a hot dog trailer. They serve not only tacos, but burros, caramelos, tortas, and quesadillas, and their hot dogs are recognized as some of the city’s best — wrapped in bacon, nestled in a fresh bun, and dressed with a galaxy of condiments.

Costillas Nopales at El Taco Rustico (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

El Taco Rustico

You’ve got to appreciate Chef Juan Almanza’s journey from his early cooking days in Mexico to making waves in Tucson. His slow-cooked beef ribs and the quesabirria tacos are out-of-this-world good. It’s no wonder they’re cranking out over 100,000 of them a year. Plus, they’ve got some pretty rad vegetarian and keto options, and fantastic crispy flour tortillas to boot.

Ensenada Street Food

Get ready for some serious Baja vibes with Ensenada Street Food. This food truck is knocking it out of the park with their tacos – even the vegans out there are covered. People say it’s like a mini trip to Mexico City right in the heart of Tucson, so you know it’s legit.

a plate of food with a slice of pizza
Fish tacos at Fini's Landing (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Fini’s Landing

Known as the “Cheers of the Foothills,” Fini’s Landing is a local favorite with a casual, friendly environment that’s great for lunch or dinner, particularly on Taco Tuesdays. The restaurant offers a variety of tacos — we love the Carne Asada, Chicken BBQ, and Chubasco Shrimp Tacos.

Carne Asada Taco at Karamelo King (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Karamelo King

This place started as a hot dog stand and now it’s the king of late-night Tucson tacos. The owner, Rafael, keeps it simple with his carne asada, but trust us, it’s the best in town. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try their caramelos with juicy birria on a corn tortilla. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Hielitos (Mexican ice pops) in the freezer – they’re a sweet way to end your meal

Photo Courtesy of La Botana Tacos

La Botana Tacos

La Botana Tacos is a chill, family-owned spot with over a dozen taco flavors — everything from Carne Asada to Shrimp Tacos, your choice of tortilla, and mix-and-match deals that include tasty sides like Cilantro Rice and Mexican Slaw. They’ve got gluten-free tacos, vegetarian tacos, and 2-for-1 margaritas as well!

La Fresita West

The neighborhood fave where you can fill up on everything from steak ranchero and chiles to, of course, top-notch tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner alike. The corn tortillas are homemade and always served up fresh, and they’ve also got some seriously good fruit shakes.

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La Indita (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

La Indita

If you’re the adventurous type who loves to try different taco variations, La Indita is the place to be. They’re serving up unique dishes like a combo of Chile Relleno, Chicken Enchilada, and Chicken Taco, not to mention their Tarascan Tacos and an Indian Taco Special. It’s like traditional Mexican meets creative cuisine – a true feast for any taco lover.

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(Photos courtesy of Las Originales Carnitas El Michoacano)

Las Originales Carnitas El Michoacano

The food truck “Carnitas El Michoacano” officially completed its transition into its first brick-and-mortar location — rebranding to Las Originales Carnitas El Michoacano. Tacos and an array of salsas — the familiar and beloved menu is all there with the addition of an air-conditioned dining room. They’ve also kept the menu simple: Tacos de Carnitas, Tacos de Chicharron, Tacos de Birria, and Tacos de Cabeza. Give them a warm welcome in their new home!

(Photo Courtesy of Maico Restaurant Mexican Food)

Maico Restaurant Mexican Food

Tucked away on a busy street downtown, Maico’s has all the Mexican classics, but their Taco Adobado is a total winner — think tender meat simmered in a tangy red sauce. This place might be small, but they know their stuff when it comes to homestyle Mexican food!

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Nana's Special Tacos (Photo courtesy of Nanas Kitchen)

Nana’s Kitchen

Just across from the Pavilions Shopping Center, you’ll find a spot called Nana’s Kitchen. You’ve got a ton of options for tacos here, from classic Shredded Beef and Chicken, to something a little different like Barbacoa, or even their special Nana’s Tacos stuffed with ground beef and potatoes. Come hungry — the portions are big!

Barbacoa Tacos at Penca (Photo by Jackie Tran)

Penca

The dynamic duo of Patricia and Ron Schwabe brought this concept to life in 2013, serving up traditional Mexican cuisine with a dash of Spanish and French influences. Their tacos are incredible — make sure to try the Rajas Con Hongos (veggie taco stuffed with grilled poblano chile, caramelized onion, roasted mushroom, and cashew crema) or the Guajolote (turkey, red cabbage, avocado, and chipotle crema).

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(Photo courtesy of Pinches at Borderlands Brewing Company)

Pinches @ Borderlands

This joint’s run by a family that claims their great-uncles cooked for none other than Pancho Villa. How’s that for a fun fact? They’re all about keeping it simple and tasty — they’ve got everything from Pollo Mole to Al Pastor, Asada, Pescado, and vegetarian options, too. Throw in their Lengua if you’re feeling extra hungry!

Photo Courtesy of Polo's Taqueria

Polo’s Taqueria

Polo’s is one cool taco stand that started its journey at the Tohono O’odham Swap Meet before moving onto a brick-and-mortar spot. You’ve gotta try their Al Pastor Tacos –imagine a rotating cone of al pastor, slowly cooked by an open flame until it caramelizes, then shaved right onto your taco. It’s the perfect combo of charred outside and juicy inside.

Chicken Rollies Taco from Rollies Mexican Patio (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Rollies Mexican Patio

Rollies is the spot for Rolled Tacos, Birria Ramen, and outstanding Birria Tacos. Mateo Otero has put his own spin on Tucson’s classic Mexican flavors. Their birria is slow-cooked for 14 hours till it’s so tender, it just falls apart. We can’t get enough of their Quesabirria Tacos and Birria Ramen. In fact, on the day they first sold their Birria Ramen, they had 50 orders even before they opened the doors!

Salsa Verde

An awesome locally-owned restaurant with authentic flavors on the East side, Salsa Verde has some unique treats you won’t find just anywhere. Their gourmet taco game is on point, with options like the juicy Steak Taco and the flavorful Beef Fajita Taco. Check them out now, thank us later!

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(Photo courtesy of Seis Kitchen)

Seis Kitchen – Mercado

Over at Seis Kitchen, they’re serving up some tremendous tacos that are inspired by six different regions of Mexico — that’s what the “Seis” stands for. They’ve got a bunch of different street tacos like Cochinita Pibil and Al Pastor, and they even have a few Taco Grande Platters. Try the Poc Chuc (grilled chicken marinated in achiote) and the super tasty Crispy Avocado Platter (the avocado is beer-battered & fried)!

Tanque Verde & Bear Canyon Rd. location (Photo courtesy of Street Taco & Beer Co.)

Street Taco & Beer Co.

Any of their four locations are great for when it comes to quick, tasty street-style tacos. The flavors will knock your socks off and they’ve got a beer list that won’t disappoint. The fish tacos are a totally delicious deal, so you can eat your fill without emptying your wallet.

Photo Courtesy of Taco Fish

Taco Fish

A secret spot off S. 12th Street where you’ll find some of the best seafood tacos you’ve ever had, at a price that won’t empty your wallet. Their Marlin Fish Tacos and Ceviche are a must. And they’ve got this awesome toppings bar where you can load up your tacos just how you like them.

Tacos Apson (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Tacos Apson

A taco stand with some of the best tacos in Tucson, these guys have turned Sonoran Cooking into an art. The classics like Asada and Pastor Tacos are always a hit, but if you’re looking to branch out, their Lengua and Cabeza Tacos are definitely worth your time. Plus, they cater, so you can bring their epic taco menu to your next party.

Tacos de Cabeza Estilo Cajeme – 12th Ave

Run out of a food truck, this place is dishing out some of the best Cabeza (head) and Lengua (tongue) tacos you’ll find. Get ready to chow down – some folks have been known to put away 14 tacos in one go! Plus, you can soak up some sun with their outdoor seating​!

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Tacos los Compas

These Tripe and Cabeza Tacos are the real deal, and their fresh salsas and drink selection add just the right finishing touches. Also, their Carnitas and Adobada are mouth-watering, and their lightly caramelized onions are a must-try. Last, if you’re into Tripas, they’ve got you covered with crispy, fresh offerings.

Tacos Mexicali

Acharming roadside taco stand known for its simplicity and authenticity. It offers a limited yet delicious menu, with its standout items being the Borrego (lamb) and Cabeza tacos, both known for their tenderness and robust flavors.

(Photo Courtesy of Taqueria Juanitos)

Taqueria Juanitos

A no-frills, order-at-the-counter kind of place that’s a big hit with the lunch crowd – from local workers to gem show fanatics, everyone’s digging it. The vibe is laid-back and friendly, and they don’t skimp on serving tasty, home-cooked style meals quickly. Their Carnitas and Al Pastor Tacos are the talk of the town – they’re downright delish and won’t break the bank.

Fish Tacos from Taqueria Pico de Gallo (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Taqueria Pico de Gallo

A staple in South Tucson for over three decades thanks to its freshness and authenticity, their Baja-style fish tacos, Camaron (fried shrimp), and Cabeza tacos are crowd favorites. The real star of the show, though, are their hand-pressed, yellow corn tortillas which are thick and sturdy and leave you with a delightful corn aroma. Alongside these, their horchata, made fresh daily, and their eponymous spiced fruit salad, Pico de Gallo, are must-tries.

Taqueria Porfis

This spot is hailed as an original, offering a taste of Mexico right in Tucson. Their Tacos de Cabeza are a standout item, and the Chicharrón also receives high praise from our team. In addition, they serve an excellent version of Tacos Al Vapor — a steamed taco that’s a staple in Mexican cuisine.

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(Photo courtesy of Taqueria Y Raspados Jason)

Taqueria Y Raspados Jason

This is your spot if you’re into food trucks and scrumptious roadside bites. Their shredded beef tacos are totally awesome, and don’t even get us started on the Sonoran hot dog with a bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed grilled pepper – it’s on our “Best Sonoran Dogs in Tucson” list. Thirsty? Their freshly squeezed veggie and fruit juices hit the spot.

The Quesadillas

This joint has been cooking up tasty tacos since 2015, and their Carne Asada is something else – think mesquite-grilled meat, fresh handmade tortillas, and top-notch ingredients. But don’t stop there — they’ve got a bunch of other tacos to try like the Ribeye, Taco Jaas, Asadero, and Jalapeno Steak. They’ve even got a Keto Taco with a toasted cheese “tortilla” for the health-conscious.

Toro Loco Tacos y Burros

Are you a daredevil when it comes to spice? Then you gotta check out the Hot Habanero Taco here. Picture this: mountains of sliced pickled habaneros on top of carne asada, bacon, Jack cheese, chipotle mayo, and hot salsa. It’s a mountain of flavor. If habanero isn’t your thing, they’ve got other tasty tacos like the Fried Chicken Taco and the Fried Avocado Taco.

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Anita Street Market

A family-run joint where they take their tortillas seriously – they’re handmade, fresh, and oh-so-delicious. And the love they pour into their cooking? You can taste it in every bite. The tacos here are the real deal, stuffed with incredibly tasty braised meats. Do yourself a favor and try the QuesaBirria and the juicy Machaca. You won’t regret it.

Photo Courtesy of Anita Street Market
Aqui Con El Nene Restaurant

This is where you go when you want a taco that’s a bit different. Their signature Taco Yaqui has enough flavor to knock your socks off. It’s got everything – roasted green chile, mesquite-grilled carne asada, mushrooms, stringy white cheese, and even crumbled bacon, all sandwiched between two tortillas. Yum!

Taco Yaqui & Taco Lorenza Carne Asada at Aqui Con El Nene (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)
Baja Tacos

If you’re all about those fish tacos and can’t resist a spicy salsa, you’ve got to hit up Baja Tacos. The vibe is chill and the food is off the charts. Seriously, we can’t stop raving about their Shrimp Ceviche and Fish Tacos.

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Benny’s Mexican Restaurant

Stumble into Benny’s Mexican Restaurant once, and you’ll find yourself coming back again and again! Their spicy, cheesy red tortillas are unbelievable. And do yourself a favor – try the Limonada, it’s amazing.

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Taco Rojo at Benny's Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)
Birrieria Guadalajara

Think Costa Rican roadside luncheonette, but in Tucson. The Birria Tacos are so tasty that you’ll want to take an extra batch home with you. And let’s not forget about their Carne Asada Tacos, either – they’re a crowd favorite. Plus, they’ve got a whole bunch of other tacos and burros on the menu, and their bunuelos are unbeatable.

BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs 1st Ave.

This spot’s all about that awesome carne asada cooked over mesquite, giving it a rich charred flavor. Their tortillas are super fresh, and the carne asada is not just for tacos – you’ll find it in burros and even in a cheesy caramelo. And don’t sleep on their salsa bar, it’s packed with fresh goodies!

BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs (photo credit: Jackie Tran)
BOCA by Chef Maria Mazon

BOCA’s tacos break the mold – no basic cheese, beef, or lettuce here. Instead, you’ll find tacos with everything from grilled octopus to fire-roasted corn, all served up on homemade tortillas. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out their exotic meat night every Wednesday. To top it all off (literally), their salsas have their own flair, with unique flavors like mango-habanero and ginger-wasabi.

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Boca Tacos Y Tequila (Photo credit: Dan Gibson)
Calle Tepa

If you love options, you’ll love Calle Tepa. Their Tepa-style Shrimp Tacos are a hit, but that’s just the beginning. Choose from street tacos with onions and cilantro, or Tepa tacos loaded with lettuce, pico, and queso fresco. Seafood lovers will love their Mahi Tacos, and the Veggie Tacos are top-notch too!

Assorted breakfast dishes at Calle Tepa (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)
Carnitas La Yoca

This place is all about the vibe and the tacos. They keep it simple with a streamlined menu, but oh boy, the flavors are anything but. Tacos? They’ve got ’em all – from Birria to Carnitas and Buche. And let’s not forget the homemade salsas that give everything that extra kick.

Charro Vida

Charro Vida takes inspiration from the Mediterranean diet and Sonoran cuisine. They’re big on “Food With A Purpose” — that is, sourcing fresh local produce and using healthy fats. They’ve got a solid selection of tacos – from Jackfruit Carnitas to Tempeh Asada and even a Breakfast Taco with walnut chorizo. And they’ve got vegan options to boot!

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Jackfruit Taquitos at Charro Vida (Photo credit: Hannah Hernandez)
Cocteleria La Palma Mariscos Y Mas

This cool food truck is a hidden treasure in Tucson, run by the awesome Romero family. It’s got a loyal fanbase who can’t get enough of their delicious Fish and Shrimp Tacos. One bite and you’ll be hooked! Get it??

Contigo Latin Kitchen

Imagine munching on some top-notch Latin food while soaking in incredible views of majestic mountains. That’s Contigo for you. Their tacos, especially the Fish Tacos and Cochinita Pibil, are excellent — definitely one of the more elegant place to grab tacos in Tucson.

Paella Valencia at Contigo Latin Kitchen (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)
El Antojo Poblano

This new kid on the block is bringing the unique flavors of Puebla, Mexico, right to Tucson. Run by the dynamic duo, Analy and Leobardo Guzman, they’re dishing out some seriously delicious and unique eats. From the towering Cemita Sandwich to the special Chalupas Poblanas, they’ve got it all. And if you like your food with a kick, their salsas are not to be missed.

Chalupas at El Antojo Poblano (Photo by Jackie Tran)
El Chinito Gordo

This spot is all about the real-deal Mexican food, passed down through generations. Their Crispy Tacos come with a variety of tasty fillings like ground beef, shredded beef, chicken, or potato. But the true star? Their Soft Tacos, which range from Al Pastor to a Hot Cheetos version. PS – don’t sleep on their Quesabirria – it’s a crispy quesadilla that’s packed with flavor.

El Chinito Gordo (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)
El Chivo de Oro

If you’re looking for real-deal Mexican food without breaking the bank, you’ve gotta check out El Chivo de Oro. They’ve got a friendly crew serving up some of the best street tacos in Tucson. The Al Pastor Tacos are definitely the place to start!

El Manantial Tacos Y Hot Dogs

A unique mobile restaurant that offers both a taco truck and a hot dog trailer. They serve not only tacos, but burros, caramelos, tortas, and quesadillas, and their hot dogs are recognized as some of the city’s best — wrapped in bacon, nestled in a fresh bun, and dressed with a galaxy of condiments.

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El Manantial Tacos Y Hot Dogs (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)
El Taco Rustico

You’ve got to appreciate Chef Juan Almanza’s journey from his early cooking days in Mexico to making waves in Tucson. His slow-cooked beef ribs and the quesabirria tacos are out-of-this-world good. It’s no wonder they’re cranking out over 100,000 of them a year. Plus, they’ve got some pretty rad vegetarian and keto options, and fantastic crispy flour tortillas to boot.

Costillas Nopales at El Taco Rustico (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)
Ensenada Street Food

Get ready for some serious Baja vibes with Ensenada Street Food. This food truck is knocking it out of the park with their tacos – even the vegans out there are covered. People say it’s like a mini trip to Mexico City right in the heart of Tucson, so you know it’s legit.

Fini’s Landing

Known as the “Cheers of the Foothills,” Fini’s Landing is a local favorite with a casual, friendly environment that’s great for lunch or dinner, particularly on Taco Tuesdays. The restaurant offers a variety of tacos — we love the Carne Asada, Chicken BBQ, and Chubasco Shrimp Tacos.

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Fish tacos at Fini's Landing (Credit: Jackie Tran)
Karamelo King

This place started as a hot dog stand and now it’s the king of late-night Tucson tacos. The owner, Rafael, keeps it simple with his carne asada, but trust us, it’s the best in town. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try their caramelos with juicy birria on a corn tortilla. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Hielitos (Mexican ice pops) in the freezer – they’re a sweet way to end your meal

Carne Asada Taco at Karamelo King (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)
La Botana Tacos

La Botana Tacos is a chill, family-owned spot with over a dozen taco flavors — everything from Carne Asada to Shrimp Tacos, your choice of tortilla, and mix-and-match deals that include tasty sides like Cilantro Rice and Mexican Slaw. They’ve got gluten-free tacos, vegetarian tacos, and 2-for-1 margaritas as well!

Photo Courtesy of La Botana Tacos
La Fresita West

The neighborhood fave where you can fill up on everything from steak ranchero and chiles to, of course, top-notch tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner alike. The corn tortillas are homemade and always served up fresh, and they’ve also got some seriously good fruit shakes.

La Indita

If you’re the adventurous type who loves to try different taco variations, La Indita is the place to be. They’re serving up unique dishes like a combo of Chile Relleno, Chicken Enchilada, and Chicken Taco, not to mention their Tarascan Tacos and an Indian Taco Special. It’s like traditional Mexican meets creative cuisine – a true feast for any taco lover.

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La Indita (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)
Las Originales Carnitas El Michoacano

The food truck “Carnitas El Michoacano” officially completed its transition into its first brick-and-mortar location — rebranding to Las Originales Carnitas El Michoacano. Tacos and an array of salsas — the familiar and beloved menu is all there with the addition of an air-conditioned dining room. They’ve also kept the menu simple: Tacos de Carnitas, Tacos de Chicharron, Tacos de Birria, and Tacos de Cabeza. Give them a warm welcome in their new home!

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(Photos courtesy of Las Originales Carnitas El Michoacano)
Maico Restaurant Mexican Food

Tucked away on a busy street downtown, Maico’s has all the Mexican classics, but their Taco Adobado is a total winner — think tender meat simmered in a tangy red sauce. This place might be small, but they know their stuff when it comes to homestyle Mexican food!

(Photo Courtesy of Maico Restaurant Mexican Food)
Nana’s Kitchen

Just across from the Pavilions Shopping Center, you’ll find a spot called Nana’s Kitchen. You’ve got a ton of options for tacos here, from classic Shredded Beef and Chicken, to something a little different like Barbacoa, or even their special Nana’s Tacos stuffed with ground beef and potatoes. Come hungry — the portions are big!

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Nana's Special Tacos (Photo courtesy of Nanas Kitchen)
Penca

The dynamic duo of Patricia and Ron Schwabe brought this concept to life in 2013, serving up traditional Mexican cuisine with a dash of Spanish and French influences. Their tacos are incredible — make sure to try the Rajas Con Hongos (veggie taco stuffed with grilled poblano chile, caramelized onion, roasted mushroom, and cashew crema) or the Guajolote (turkey, red cabbage, avocado, and chipotle crema).

Barbacoa Tacos at Penca (Photo by Jackie Tran)
Pinches @ Borderlands

This joint’s run by a family that claims their great-uncles cooked for none other than Pancho Villa. How’s that for a fun fact? They’re all about keeping it simple and tasty — they’ve got everything from Pollo Mole to Al Pastor, Asada, Pescado, and vegetarian options, too. Throw in their Lengua if you’re feeling extra hungry!

a sandwich sitting on top of a table
(Photo courtesy of Pinches at Borderlands Brewing Company)
Polo’s Taqueria

Polo’s is one cool taco stand that started its journey at the Tohono O’odham Swap Meet before moving onto a brick-and-mortar spot. You’ve gotta try their Al Pastor Tacos –imagine a rotating cone of al pastor, slowly cooked by an open flame until it caramelizes, then shaved right onto your taco. It’s the perfect combo of charred outside and juicy inside.

Photo Courtesy of Polo's Taqueria
Rollies Mexican Patio

Rollies is the spot for Rolled Tacos, Birria Ramen, and outstanding Birria Tacos. Mateo Otero has put his own spin on Tucson’s classic Mexican flavors. Their birria is slow-cooked for 14 hours till it’s so tender, it just falls apart. We can’t get enough of their Quesabirria Tacos and Birria Ramen. In fact, on the day they first sold their Birria Ramen, they had 50 orders even before they opened the doors!

Chicken Rollies Taco from Rollies Mexican Patio (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)
Salsa Verde

An awesome locally-owned restaurant with authentic flavors on the East side, Salsa Verde has some unique treats you won’t find just anywhere. Their gourmet taco game is on point, with options like the juicy Steak Taco and the flavorful Beef Fajita Taco. Check them out now, thank us later!

Seis Kitchen – Mercado

Over at Seis Kitchen, they’re serving up some tremendous tacos that are inspired by six different regions of Mexico — that’s what the “Seis” stands for. They’ve got a bunch of different street tacos like Cochinita Pibil and Al Pastor, and they even have a few Taco Grande Platters. Try the Poc Chuc (grilled chicken marinated in achiote) and the super tasty Crispy Avocado Platter (the avocado is beer-battered & fried)!

an overhead photo of tacos and condiments
(Photo courtesy of Seis Kitchen)
Street Taco & Beer Co.

Any of their four locations are great for when it comes to quick, tasty street-style tacos. The flavors will knock your socks off and they’ve got a beer list that won’t disappoint. The fish tacos are a totally delicious deal, so you can eat your fill without emptying your wallet.

Tanque Verde & Bear Canyon Rd. location (Photo courtesy of Street Taco & Beer Co.)
Taco Fish

A secret spot off S. 12th Street where you’ll find some of the best seafood tacos you’ve ever had, at a price that won’t empty your wallet. Their Marlin Fish Tacos and Ceviche are a must. And they’ve got this awesome toppings bar where you can load up your tacos just how you like them.

Photo Courtesy of Taco Fish
Tacos Apson

A taco stand with some of the best tacos in Tucson, these guys have turned Sonoran Cooking into an art. The classics like Asada and Pastor Tacos are always a hit, but if you’re looking to branch out, their Lengua and Cabeza Tacos are definitely worth your time. Plus, they cater, so you can bring their epic taco menu to your next party.

Tacos Apson (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)
Tacos de Cabeza Estilo Cajeme – 12th Ave

Run out of a food truck, this place is dishing out some of the best Cabeza (head) and Lengua (tongue) tacos you’ll find. Get ready to chow down – some folks have been known to put away 14 tacos in one go! Plus, you can soak up some sun with their outdoor seating​!

Tacos los Compas

These Tripe and Cabeza Tacos are the real deal, and their fresh salsas and drink selection add just the right finishing touches. Also, their Carnitas and Adobada are mouth-watering, and their lightly caramelized onions are a must-try. Last, if you’re into Tripas, they’ve got you covered with crispy, fresh offerings.

Photo Courtesy of Tacos Los Compas
Tacos Mexicali

Acharming roadside taco stand known for its simplicity and authenticity. It offers a limited yet delicious menu, with its standout items being the Borrego (lamb) and Cabeza tacos, both known for their tenderness and robust flavors.

Taqueria Juanitos

A no-frills, order-at-the-counter kind of place that’s a big hit with the lunch crowd – from local workers to gem show fanatics, everyone’s digging it. The vibe is laid-back and friendly, and they don’t skimp on serving tasty, home-cooked style meals quickly. Their Carnitas and Al Pastor Tacos are the talk of the town – they’re downright delish and won’t break the bank.

(Photo Courtesy of Taqueria Juanitos)
Taqueria Pico de Gallo

A staple in South Tucson for over three decades thanks to its freshness and authenticity, their Baja-style fish tacos, Camaron (fried shrimp), and Cabeza tacos are crowd favorites. The real star of the show, though, are their hand-pressed, yellow corn tortillas which are thick and sturdy and leave you with a delightful corn aroma. Alongside these, their horchata, made fresh daily, and their eponymous spiced fruit salad, Pico de Gallo, are must-tries.

Fish Tacos from Taqueria Pico de Gallo (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)
Taqueria Porfis

This spot is hailed as an original, offering a taste of Mexico right in Tucson. Their Tacos de Cabeza are a standout item, and the Chicharrón also receives high praise from our team. In addition, they serve an excellent version of Tacos Al Vapor — a steamed taco that’s a staple in Mexican cuisine.

Taqueria Y Raspados Jason

This is your spot if you’re into food trucks and scrumptious roadside bites. Their shredded beef tacos are totally awesome, and don’t even get us started on the Sonoran hot dog with a bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed grilled pepper – it’s on our “Best Sonoran Dogs in Tucson” list. Thirsty? Their freshly squeezed veggie and fruit juices hit the spot.

a plate of food
(Photo courtesy of Taqueria Y Raspados Jason)
The Quesadillas

This joint has been cooking up tasty tacos since 2015, and their Carne Asada is something else – think mesquite-grilled meat, fresh handmade tortillas, and top-notch ingredients. But don’t stop there — they’ve got a bunch of other tacos to try like the Ribeye, Taco Jaas, Asadero, and Jalapeno Steak. They’ve even got a Keto Taco with a toasted cheese “tortilla” for the health-conscious.

Toro Loco Tacos y Burros

Are you a daredevil when it comes to spice? Then you gotta check out the Hot Habanero Taco here. Picture this: mountains of sliced pickled habaneros on top of carne asada, bacon, Jack cheese, chipotle mayo, and hot salsa. It’s a mountain of flavor. If habanero isn’t your thing, they’ve got other tasty tacos like the Fried Chicken Taco and the Fried Avocado Taco.