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12 Best Breakfast Tacos In Austin

February 08, 2020

Best Breakfast Tacos in Austin TX

Breakfast tacos are a primary food group in Austin for us Austinites – who doesn’t love waking up to a warm tortilla filled with fluffy eggs, melted cheese, and chorizo or bacon? YUM!

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This is my guide to the 12 best breakfast tacos in Austin and check out my guide to the best tacos in Austin! If you’re not craving breakfast tacos, then check out my guide to the Best Breakfasts In Austin Worth Waking Up For.

 

Veracruz - best breakfast tacos in Austin

1. Veracruz All Natural

Hands down my favorite breakfast taco in Austin is the migas taco at Veracruz with eggs, tortilla chips, Monterey jack cheese, cilantro, tomato, onion, and avocado. The El Sancho with chorizo, egg, and cheese is really good too. The La Reyna is a veggie taco with egg whites, mushrooms, carrots, spinach, cilantro, onion, Monterey jack cheese, and avocado.

You can choose from in-house homemade corn tortillas or locally made flour tortillas. Everything at Veracruz is made with all-natural and fresh ingredients!

Price: $3 – $4

Hours: opens at 7am

Multiple locations, veracruzallnatural.com

 

Taco Boobie Tank

2. Vaquero Taquero

Vaquero Taquero serves five different breakfast tacos on corn or flour tortilla – choose between chorizo, black beans, bacon, nopales (cactus), or Machaca (shredded Mexican dried beef). I personally love their al pastor tacos and quesadilla al pastor even more because the cheese gets crispy on the griddle.

Vaquero Tequero originally started out as a food truck but they recently shut down the food truck to focus on their brick and mortar taqueria location. It’s located near UT campus so it’s a great breakfast option if you’re a student!

Price: $3 – $4

Hours: opens at 7am

104 E 31st St, vaquerotaquero.com

 

El Primo - breakfast tacos austin

3. El Primo

El Primo has the cheapest tacos in Austin at just $2.25 each – bacon, sausage, chorizo, bean, or migas on corn or flour tortillas. If you’re really hungry, they also have breakfast burritos. Grab a coffee from Once Over Coffee while you wait.

Price: $2.25, cash only

Hours: opens at 8am

2011 S 1st St, elprimoatx.com

 

Cisco's in Austin Texas

4. Cisco’s Restaurant

Cisco’s has been serving Austin breakfast tacos since 1950. Classic breakfast tacos like sausage, chorizo, and ham start at $3 while beef fajita tacos are at $6. If I’m really hungry, I’ll order the migas breakfast plate ($10) or huevos rancheros ($9).

Fun fact: Cisco’s gained historic landmark status in 2019 by the Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission and City Council. Rudy “Cisco” Cisneros moved into the building in 1955 to open his bakery and restaurant, and it became a meeting place for prominent Texas politicians like former President Lyndon Johnson and former Gov. John Connally.

It has been said that many of the deals made in Texas government occurred in the back room of Cisco’s over coffee, biscuits, or a Mexican breakfast of migas or huevos rancheros.

Price: $3 – $6.50

Hours: opens at 7am

1511 E 6th St, ciscosaustin.com

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Best Tacos In Austin

5. Fresa’s Chicken Al Carbon

I love the chimichurri steak tacos at Fresa’s with a frozen prickly pear margarita but Fresa’s does have breakfast tacos in the morning. If you’re in a rush, go to their North Lamar location for the drive-through. 

What a delight it was when Fresa’s opened their second location in the former Freddie’s Place — the food is fresh and flavorful, the inviting space now bright and sans unruly children, and the picture-perfect cocktails are potent and well-made. Well, their breakfast tacos are no different. From 8-10am on weekdays (and 11am on weekends), foil-wrapped tacos with colorful labels are available from both Fresa’s locations, which means you can drive-thru or grab to-go from the window.

Price: $2.80 – $3.50

Hours: opens at 8am – 11am

915 North Lamar Blvd or 1703 South First, fresaschicken.com

SEE ALSO: Best Brunch Spots In Austin

 

Valentina's Tex Mex tacos

6. Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ

Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ serves a small breakfast menu from 7:30-11am sharp with three tacos in South Austin. Potato, egg, and cheese for $2.50, ultimate bean and cheese with a choice of smoked brisket or pulled pork for $7.5, or The Real Deal Holyfield with a fried egg, potatoes, refried beans, bacon, and choice of brisket or pulled pork for $9.

For lunch, choose from the Tex menu or the Mex menu like sliced brisket versus smoked brisket, chopped brisket, or cerveza beef fajita. You can also get cuts of meat like brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, pork ribs, beef ribs, and sausage by the pound. I recommend ordering queso to snack on while you wait.

Valentina’s is the only food trailer in Austin that blends good ol’ Texas BBQ and Tex Mex, and they serve grass-fed natural Angus beef from Harley Ranch (gluten-free, no artificial ingredients, and raised humanely with sustainable ranching practices) and Berkridge Berkshire pork products.

Price: $2.5 – $9

Hours: opens at 7:30 – 11am sharp, closed Tuesday’s

11500 Manchaca Rd, valentinastexmexbbq.com

 

 

7. Rosita’s Al Pastor

Rosita’s on East Riverside has been highly recommended to me for their handmade tortillas filled with fluffy eggs and non-greasy chorizo and topped with fresh salsa. The breakfast tacos range from 1.75 for the al pastor taco to $2.99 for tripa tacos, and the breakfast plates like huevos rancheros start at $5.99 at this taqueria.

I’m going to try it out when I get back in town! Have you been?

Price: $1.75 – $2.99

Hours: opens at 8am, closed on Wednesdays

1911 E Riverside Dr, rositasalpastor.com

 

Joann's Fine Foods breakfast tacos in Austin

8. JOANN’S FINE FOODS

The migas tacos at Joann’s Fine Foods inside the Austin Motel are the most expensive at $12 for two ($10 without chorizo) but they are really good.

Joann’s is opened by MMH (McGuire Moorman Hospitality) who own Perla’s, Clark’s Oyster Bar, By George, and June’s on South Congress. 

Price: $10 ($12 wiith chorizo) 

Hours: 8am – 11am

1224 S Congress Ave, joannsaustin.com

 

Tacodeli breakfast tacos in Austin

9. TACODELI

Tacodeli is the king of all breakfast tacos in Austin and you can find them at most coffee shops in the morning. Tacodeli breakfast tacos don’t just have the ordinary scrambled eggs and meat, but you can get belly smoked ham and sirloin steak. You can choose from flour, corn, wheat, or no tortilla.

You can also build your own breakfast tacos with scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, vegan nut chorizo, or housemade sausage. I like that Tacodeli uses pasture-raised eggs from Vital Farms that are certified humane, antibiotic, and hormone-free.

Price: $2.65 – $3.65

Hours: 7am – 11am, and all day on the weekend

Multiple locations, tacodeli.com

 

El Chilito in Austin Texas

10. EL CHILITO

You can get breakfast tacos all day at El Chilito but even better, you can get breakfast tacos PUFFY TACO STYLE. I love the puffy tacos at El Chilito – it’s like a thicker corn tortilla that is then deep-fried. Best eaten immediately. 

The beef puffy taco with an agua fresa is my weekly go-to for a quick meal. 

Price: $3 – $3.50

Hours: opens at 7am during the weekdays and 8am on the weekends

Multiple locations, elchilito.com

 

11. JUAN IN A MILLION

How could I forget the Juan In A Million in East Austin on this breakfast taco list?! Juan In A Million has been serving their iconic breakfast tacos and plates since 1980. You can get breakfast tacos with eggs, bacon, chorizo, sausage, nopalitos, beans, barbacoa, and more for only $3.25 to $3.6.

But the real deal is their Don Juan El Taco Grande, a secret combination of potato, egg, bacon, and cheese in a deliciously hot tortilla for only $6.25. This thing is MASSIVE.

Price: $3.25 – $3.50

Hours: opens at 7am 7 days a week

2300 E Cesar Chavez St, juaninamillion.com/menu

 

12. Joe’s Bakery & COFFEE SHOP

Breakfast is served all day at Joe’s Bakery – it’s a no-frills Mexican restaurant in East Austin but it’s an OG spot for breakfast tacos. All breakfast tacos are $2.09 with the exception of the pork chop breakfast taco that is $3.99.

Price: $2.09

Hours: 6AM from Tuesday to Friday, and 6:30 on Saturday and Sunday

2305 E 7th St, joesbakery.com/menu


OTHER POPULAR BREAKFAST TACOS

These are some other popular spots for breakfast tacos that I think are just okay

  • Pueblo Viejo
  • Taco Joint
  • Tyson’s Tacos
  • Mi Madre
  • Torchy’s Tacos
  • Maria’s Taco Xpress

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WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.

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