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The Top 10 Taco Restaurants in Denver

Al pastor taco

If there was a food I had to eat every day for the rest of my life you bet your guacamole its tacos for me!

Craving an authentic street taco or inventive fusion taco in Denver? As a self-proclaimed taco connoisseur, I’ve compiled this list of my top 10 favorite tacos from Denver local restaurants to grab mouthwatering, packed with fresh, flavorsome ingredients. From classic trompos to beer-battered fried fish, these taquerias and cantinas will satisfy any taco craving.

The Best Taco Shops in Denver:

  1. Illegal Pete’s - This Denver local favorite not only serves up innovative tacos, but also has a full bar and other menu items like taquitos and burritos. Sip a margarita while noshing on their famous beer battered fried fish tacos or dig into a combo chicken and beef taquito plate. Their tacos run about $4 each. It's a lively spot with a great taco-focused menu.

  2. Taco Jalisco - For 25 years, this family-owned spot has been dishing out Denver’s best al pastor tacos, hand-carved from the trompo and served with pineapple. Tacos are just $1.80 each.

  3. Uno Mas Taqueria - Enjoy tacos for just $3 on Taco Tuesdays. Don't miss their creative guacamoles and salsas. The brisket barbacoa taco is a favorite.

  4. Los Chingenitos - Their epic crispy tacos are filled with shredded chili-braised chicken and topped with garlic crema, radish and cilantro. At $3.50 each, it's a steal.

  5. Tacos Tequila Whiskey - Creative tacos like the fried avocado taco with jack cheese and chipotle aioli satisfy any craving. Tacos range from $3.50 to $5.50 each.

  6. Dos Santos - Artfully plated tacos like the roasted beet taco with goat cheese hit the spot. Wash it down with a margarita. Tacos are $4-6 each.

  7. El Taco De Mexico - This authentic spot prides itself on traditional Mexico City-style tacos. Get the al pastor or steak tacos for just $2.25 each.

  8. Toluca Mexican Restaurant - Made with house-made corn tortillas, their tender chicken tinga and al pastor tacos are bursting with flavor. Just $3 each.

  9. Los Carboncitos - Their epic crispy tacos al pastor with pineapple are served on homemade shells. Tacos are just $1.99 each.

  10. Adelitas Cocina y Cantina - Creative tacos like the shrimp ceviche taco and succulent carnitas taco satisfy any craving. Tacos range from $3.75-$4.50.

Top Taco Joints in Surrounding Areas:

  • Taco River in Westminster, CO has tasty Mexican street-style tacos for just $1.65 each. Their pastor tacos are juicy perfection. This is one of my very favorite taco restuarants and thankfully there's a drive thru!

  • Los Dos Potrillos in Highlands Ranch excels at authentic Mexico City-style tacos. Try the rotating seasonal tacos for $3.25 each.

  • Taco King in Aurora is a go-to for Mexico City-style al pastor cooked on a rotating trompo. Tacos are $1.69 each.

With so many stellar taco shops across Denver, there’s no shortage of spots to grab an authentic, flavor-packed taco, whatever your craving may be. These locally owned joints are bringing the heat through quality ingredients and culinary creativity. ¿Hambriento? Hit up one of these taco shops today!


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