Austin is home to some of Texas’ best tacos, both breakfast, and non-breakfast varieties, and these past few years, we’ve seen a growth in taco stands and restaurants that keep putting new twists on the classic taco dish. With tacos literally on every street and corner, Austin is rich with tortilla-filled wonders that’ll make you crave tacos 24/7. Austin is so obsessed with tacos that Mayor Adler created an Austin Taco Day on September 24th! Everyone knows that Austin does tacos right, so check out our list of amazing taco stands and restaurants for your next taco eating adventure!
18 Of The Best Tacos in Austin:
- Amaya’s Taco Village
- El Primo
- El Taquito
- Guero’s Taco Bar
- Las Trancas Taco Stand
- Macho Taco
- Maria’s Taco Xpress
- Mellizoz Tacos
- Papalote Taco House
- Pueblo Viejo
- Rosita’s Al Pastor
- Taco More
- Taqueria Arandas
- Torchy’s Tacos
- Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
- Veracruz All Natural Food Truck
Amaya’s Taco Village has recipes that are authentic and traditional, their ingredients are always fresh and their menu bursts with flavor! Amaya’s tacos are the draw at their iconic, circa-1976 mini-chain, turning out straightforward variations such as rib, fish, chicken, beef and more. They also serve delicious fajitas, chalupas, enchiladas and other classic platters, plus beer and margaritas! Amaya’s roomy, cafeteria-style spaces, casual dining create a space that’s perfect for family and friends!
El Primo food truck gives off an authentic Mexican feel, but not in a touristy way; it’s the perfect little gem you need to get that taco fix! Their breakfast tacos are something else! They are filled with simple ingredients but are achieved in such a harmonious and beautiful display of balance. The tacos have a good amount of cheese, the eggs are made fresh, and are executed flawlessly. The sausage has a great amount of character, but knows its place and doesn’t overpower the entire composition! Let’s not forget to mention their hot sauce is amazing; it’s potent with subtle smokey and floral notes!
From its humble beginnings in the early 1980’s as a street taco cart in a Northern Mexican town, El Taquito “broke the mold” as the first to introduce “queso fresco and a slice of avocado” in its tacos in 1995 on Riverside Dr. The street taco that originated in the Northern Mexico hometown of Matamoros in the early 80’s has been brought to El Taquito to share with all taco lovers in Austin. Their food and atmosphere are more authentic than other places, their mango margarita is refreshing, strong and fruity and is topped with chile lime and their al pastor, fajita, and pollo asado tacos are to die for! You will not be disappointed!
Güero’s Taco Bar is a vibrant part of South Austin, where the locals flock for hand-shaken margaritas made in an original way with fresh-squeezed lime juice. Just about any Mexican beer you can name is served up icy cold. Their bar will remind you of the great old cantinas you have visited in Mexico. And if you’re looking for interior Mexican food with a hint of Tex-Mex, then you’re in the right spot! Güero’s has everything from handmade corn tortillas and Mole to authentic Tacos al Pastor!
Las Trancas is easily churning out some of the best tacos in town from its spot on Cesar Chavez! It’s a gleaming, oversized beacon of spotless white with air-conditioning and a fancy drink cooler built into the back corner. The trailer works in the Mexico City street taco style and their most popular tacos are the al pastor and carne asada. The al pastor taco is served shredded and braised on a pair of compact homemade corn tortillas with a light sprinkle of cilantro, finely diced raw onion, a dash of tomatillo salsa and a squeeze of lime proved essential in balancing and brightening the weighty beef! This taco stand is worth the wait in line!
Macho Taco is a hidden gem located in the neighborhood of Morningside along Manchaca Rd and specializes in offering Mexican tacos. Macho Taco is mostly known for their ambiance and quick service during breakfast, lunch, and dinner! They are a family owned taco shop with the friendliest service (they even remember all of their regular customers’ names). So order at the counter, head to the salsa bar, pick your poison and have a seat. Hot food comes out pretty quickly and it’s guaranteed you’ll have a huge smile when you taste their delicious tacos!
Maria’s Taco Xpress is a must-visit eclectic and eccentric eatery. Their tacos are so good that Rachel Ray and Guy Fieri both have tasted their tacos as well as many other celebrities like Johnny Depp! Deemed “South Austin’s Taco Queen” by the Austin Chronicle, owner Maria Corbalan has been satisfying taco lovers all over Austin for the past 21 years. Featuring free live music, Maria’s Taco Xpress is a constant supporter of Austin’s artistic community and is always looking for ways to incorporate art and music within its funky and creative atmosphere!
Mellizoz Tacos is a colorful trailer parked under an oak tree on South First Street and turns out hefty tacos (like the tempura shrimp) and carnitas on homemade tortillas, using the same fillings to stuff tortas with made to order guacamole and hand-cut garlic fries. Picnic tables and constant crowds from neighboring trailers create a lively scene. Mellizoz prides itself on exceptional service and fresh food and that is exactly what you get when you order tacos from their trailer!
A friend duo hailing from Mexico, the owners of OneTaco had a vision to bring authentic tacos to Austin. And in 2009, their vision came to life when they opened their first taco trailer called OneTaco. If there’s one arena in Austin that’s difficult to enter and come out on top, it’s the taco arena. But Tony Avila and Axel Beverido, the owners, found a way to win over the taco-loving appetites of Austin. They have so many different tacos to try and every single one of them is a flavorful winner!
Papalote will no doubt redefine Austin’s taco expectations since it’s the newest endeavor from Sergio Varela, who also owns Azul Tequila, a favorite South Austin destination for reliable Interior Mexican cuisine. Though this tiny storefront cafe at the newly revitalized corner of Manchaca Road and South Lamar Boulevard is less than six months old, crowds already spill out the door. Their guajolote en mole tacos are made with big chunks of shredded turkey smothered in a deep-red mole that’s a pitch-perfect blend of sweet, savory, and fire! Just when you think you’ve seen all that taquerias have to offer in Austin, along comes Papalote!
Originally a colorful food truck, this family-owned taco spot is now part of the North Door, a performance venue, and bar in East Austin! While keeping the flavors of their hometown in Mexico, Pueblo Viejo is committed to keeping the freshness and quality that everyone deserves, complemented by a friendly service necessary for a complete Mexican food experience. Their small kitchen offers a variety of Mexican food ranging from breakfast tacos, street meat tacos, Gorditas, popular Mexican dishes, a variety of sauces, bottled drinks and much more. You can also check out their other location on East Cesar Chavez!
Rosita’s Al Pastor is a small trailer parked along Riverside Drive in East Austin, and it’s home to the best al pastor tacos ever! Their tacos al pastor are made with house-made flour tortillas and stuffed with meats carved off a spit grill! There’s also a restaurant run by the same people a few hundred yards away, but the Rosita’s Al Pastor food truck is where Austinites like to go for tacos. The permanent food trailer keeps the menu alive into the wee hours and is known for drawing club-going crowds!
Tacodeli is inspired by the magical flavors of the taqueria in Mexico mixed with Austin’s friendly vibe. The merging of flavors from both sides of founder Roberto’s heritage creates something all of its own. The result is a big, ambitious menu, prepared by hand every day. Tacodeli has a healthy obsession with the quality of their ingredients and the quality of their lives and wants you to have an amazing experience eating their homemade tacos!
Hands down, Taco More is the best and most authentic place for tacos. Their tacos don’t need too many ingredients on them because they are already packed with flavor! The tacos are stuffed with meat, onions, cilantro and a choice of incredible fresh salsas (there’s a salsa bar with many different options to choose from). You don’t need anything else except for a Mexican cola or Jarritos fruit punch to go with your tacos! Their carnitas, al pastor, barbacoa tacos, and soups are favorites of regulars. This taco restaurant is highly recommended, so check it out and bring your family and friends along too!
Jose and Silvia Camarena immigrated from Arandas, Mexico with hopes of achieving big dreams and to have a better life; and that’s just what they did! They moved to Houston and opened up their own authentic Mexican restaurants that serve up the best tacos! Taqueria Arandas offers a variety of meats you can put on your tacos such as chicken breast, shredded chicken, marinated pork tongue, Mexican B.B.Q pork leg fajita (chopped), breaded ground steak, ground beef Shrimp and more! After making tacos and authentic Mexican food for years, Taqueria Arandas has brought an unwavering commitment to faith and hard work to keep their restaurant the best out there!
After living it up as a fancy executive chef, Mike Rypka decided to take his head full of ideas elsewhere and chase his dreams. He soon found them in Austin with a newly-acquired food trailer and a red Vespa scooter. Rypka started personally handing out his award-winning salsa and chips, inviting everyone to stop by the trailer to give his tacos a try and next thing you know, Torchy’s was born! Whenever Mike heard his customers holler “Damn, these tacos are good!” he’d add those tacos to the restaurant’s permanent menu. Soon, “Damn Good” became a rallying cry and the taco dream grew and took on a life of its own, resulting in long lines of newly-indoctrinated taco junkies ready for some Damn Good tacos!
Barbecue meets tacos at this fusion trailer, where smoked brisket comes topped with guacamole and tomato-serrano salsa on a fresh hand rolled flour tortilla, while sides include smoked corn, red potato salad, and queso! Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ is family owned and operated, and every family member plays a role in creating the menu and preparing the made from scratch foods! Valentina’s strongly encourages passion and love for family and friends; which makes it the perfect bbq and Tex Mex joint to go to!
Veracruz All Natural Food Truck is an unassuming trailer tucked away off of E. Cesar Chavez that consistently turns out handmade tortillas with savory fillings like al pastor (spit-grilled meats), migas and veggie options, meant to be washed down with all-natural aguas frescas. Picnic tables add a bit of atmosphere to a mostly to-go locale. These authentic fresh tacos and tortas are the best eats around and can’t be beaten, so come by Veracruz All Natural Food Truck and grab a bite!
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