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16 Best Tacos In Austin, Updated 2020

March 01, 2020

Best Tacos In Austin

We love tacos in Austin, Texas and when I say “love”, I mean “LOVE” tacos so this is my ultimate guide to the best tacos in Austin and here’s the Austinites’s guide to the best breakfast tacos in Austin!

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Vaquero Taquero

Vaquero Taquero started as a taco truck and now serves both street-style tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in their brick and mortar location. They specialize in taco al pastor and you can see them carving flame-seared pork off their trompo as you wait. The tacos here remind me of the ones I had in Mexico City! I highly recommend getting the quesadilla – it comes with pan-seared Oaxacan cheese with lots of fresh avocado crema.

WHAT TO ORDER: Quesadilla al Pastor and Quesadilla de Carne Asada

4301 Duval St, vaquerotaquero.com

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Taco Bronco in Austin Texas

Taco Bronco in Austin Texas

Currently closed during COVID-19

Taco Bronco

Taco Bronco just opened in East Austin at Batch Craft Beer and Kolaches and it’s SO good. Taco Bronco is a new concept from the Micklethwait Craft Meats so you know there’s going to be barbecue!

Texas-style tacos and slow-smoked shared platters with generous portions of slow-smoked meats such as barbacoa, pork carnitas, and South Texas boar sausage served alongside locally-made tortillas and scratch-made sides such as spicy red beans, classic Spanish rice, roasted calabacitas, and jicama grapefruit slaw.

While we waited for our food, I tried out a new beer from the cooler inside Batch!

WHAT TO ORDER: Tacos Pequeño de Barbacoa and smoked lamb birria taco.

3220 Manor Rd, tacobroncotx.com

 

Trill Taqueria

Trill Taqueria

Typically vegetarian tacos suck but at Trill Taqueria, they’re spectacular. The masa is grounded by hand and then freshly pressed into corn tortillas before cooked on the grill. The tortillas are filled with delicious vegetable toppings and topped with a pecan mole.

The veggie tacos change weekly depending on what Chef Nick Belloni buys from the local farms. The tempura-fried fava bean leaves with pecan mole tacos and shitake mushrooms tacos was one of my favorites.

WHAT TO ORDER: any of the vegetarian tacos

3307 Oak Springs Dr, Austin, TX

 

Discada Tacos

Discada Tacos

Discada only serves mini tacos with salsa and lime but they’re so flavorful! Discada is a cowboy-wok cooking method from Northern Mexico. 

WHAT TO ORDER: 8 tacos for $11.00

1319 Rosewood Ave, discadatx.com

 

Asador Tacos in Austin Texas

Asador

Asador is tucked in the back of Seven Grand and Las Perlas with a small taco stand. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is whiskey cocktails from Seven Grand or mezcal cocktails from Las Perlas.

Asador serves authentic street tacos with a barbecue twist – try their signature smoked brisket mole or classics like carnitas on homemade tortillas.

WHAT TO ORDER: smoked brisket tacos

405 E 7th St, asadoratx.com

 

Tacodeli in Austin, TX

wearing Shop Koko queso tee

Tacodeli

And of course, Tacodeli is known for their breakfast tacos but I love their lunch tacos with a side of queso.

WHAT TO ORDER: Mexico City sirloin, el conquistador, and/or any of their daily specials.

Multiple locations in Austin

 

Best Tacos In Austin

Fresa’s

One of my favorite tacos in Austin is the chimichurri skirt steak tacos at Fresa’s that comes with roasted onions, rice, beans, and a whole jalapeño. The achiote chicken is popular too.

WHAT TO ORDER: Achiote & citrus chicken and chimichurri skirt steak tacos, queso, Mexican street corn, and frozen prickly pear margaritas.

1703 South First St, fresaschicken.com

 

Veracruz in Austin, TX

Veracruz All Natural

Everyone loves the tacos at Veracruz and that’s because they’re SO good. Hands down, the migas tacos are the best tacos in town. 

The fajita steak with cilantro, onion, queso fresco, and avocado is also a popular pick. If you’re wanting a vegan option, try the vegan veggie with grilled mushrooms, carrots, spinach, cilantro, and a slice of avocado.

Veracruz has moved from their original location at 1704 E Cesar Chavez St to 2505 Webberville Rd.

WHAT TO ORDER: migas tacos

2505 Webberville Rd, veracruzallnatural.com

 

The Smokin' Rose Taco Joint

The Smokin’ Rose Taco Joint

The tacos at Smokin’ Rose Taco food truck are huge so I recommend starting out with one of two. The homemade flour tortillas are made by hand with lard so they’re delicious. I loved the mexicorn dogs – beef franks wrapped in homemade corn tortillas and then deep-fried and served with mustard and queso!

WHAT TO ORDER: carne tacos and mexicorn dogs. 

1308 E 6th St, smokinrose.com

 

El Chilito in Austin, TX

El Chilito

El Chilito is the only place in Austin that makes puffy tacos and they’re my go-to spot during the week for a quick lunch or dinner. You can get any of the tacos as a puffy taco but my favorite is the classic beef puffy taco. 

WHAT TO ORDER: beef puffy tacos and agua frescas 

Multiple locations, elchilito.com

 

ATX Cocina

ATX Cocina

ATX Cocina serves upscale Mexican food and it’s really good and the restaurant is all gluten-free! 

WHAT TO ORDER: patos tacos (duck carnitas, citrus mojo, cilantro salad)

110 San Antonio St Suite 170, atxcocina.com

 

La Condesa

La Condesa

La Condesa is one of my favorite restaurants in Austin because I love their salsa and guacamole tasting, the tacos, and the classic margarita.

WHAT TO ORDER: barbacoa en mole tacos and carnitas tacos

400 W 2nd St A, lacondesa.com

 

El Primo

El Primo

Don’t miss this local taco spot that’s a small roadside stand on South 1st that sells breakfast tacos, burritos, and super tortas. Ask for cheese – they pan sear it on the flat top and it gets super crispy. 

My go-to is chorizo but I also got the lengua (cow tongue) if you’re willing to try that!

KOKO TIP: Cash only.

2011 S 1st St

 

Valentina's Tex Mex tacos

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

Tex-Mex meets barbecue and falls in love at Valentina’s. You can get a taco with smoked brisket here with lots of tomatillo habanero salsa or tomato serrano salsa. Valentina’s is in South Austin but it’s worth the drive.

11500 Manchaca Rd, valentinastexmexbbq.com

 

Suerte Austin

Suerte

The housemade masa is the star at this Mexican-inspired restaurant.

1800 E 6th St, suerteatx.com

 

El Tacorrido

Drive-thru Mexican taqueria—order the El Equinox (iced horchata with a shot of espresso) with tacos.

2316 S 1st St, eltacorrido.com

 

Rosarito Food Truck Austin

Rosarito

Mexican Pacific seafood done Baja California style with fresh fruit pico. The tempura-fried fish and shrimp is so good – pick from tacos, burrito, or a bowl. 

Check their website to see where they’re parked during the week – sometimes at Whisler’s and sometimes on UT campus

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Turf n Surf | best tacos in Austin

Turf N’ Surf

For seafood tacos, the place to go is Turf N’ Surf. Don’t let the high prices turn you away as the portions are generous. You can get any of the seafood fried, grilled, or blackened and choose from tilapia, tuna, snapper, oysters, crawfish, shrimp, and redfish. The tacos are dressed with mixed greens, slaw tomato, onion, cilantro, cilantro-ranch dressing

My go-to is the fried oysters or blackened crawfish tacos 

407 Lavaca St, lavacastdowntown.com/turf-n-surf

What’s your favorite taco in Austin? You might want to go on a hike so here’s my guide to the 14 Best Hiking Trails In Austin TX.

1
Vaquero Taquero
2
Trill Taqueria
3
Discada
4
Asador
5
Tacodeli
6
Fresa’s
7
Veracruz
8
El Primo
9
ATX Cocina
10
El Chilito
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Other tacos in Austin

  • Guero’s Taco Bar – they have a salsa bar!
  • Pueblo Viejo
  • Torchy’s Taco
  • Granny’s Tacos
  • Rosita’s Al Pastor – 1911 E Riverside Dr
  • las trancas
  • Papalote – 2803 S Lamar Blvd
  • Tyson’s Tacos
  • Dai Due Taqueria – wild boar tacos 111 Congress Ave @ Fareground
  • El Taquito – pollo asado tacos 

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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