It goes without saying that tacos are probably the best food ever. The mix of fresh ingredients, bold flavors, and soft tortillas make for a truly delicious culinary experience. And in Minnesota, it’s not as hard as you might imagine to find a truly out-of-this-world taco. We may be about as far north of the border as you can get, but Minnesota still has a few restaurants that whip up a delicious taco. Here are some of the best:
1. El Taco Riendo, Minneapolis
El Taco Riendo uses tortillas made by a local tortilleria, and it stuffs them with fresh tortills to match. Find them at a newly updated location in Northeast Minneapolis, or grab a bite to go from the food truck. Pay them a visit at 2412 Central Avenue in Minneapolis.
2. Taqueria Los Ocampo, St. Paul and Minneapolis
Taqueria Los Ocampo has four Twin Cities locations, so you'll be able to eat delicious tacos no matter where in the city you are. With bold flavors and great prices, you can't go wrong at Los Ocampo. Try a Los Ocampo taco at 895 Arcade Street in St. Paul, or at 809 East Lake Street in Minneapolis.
3. World Street Kitchen, Minneapolis
World Street Kitchen is a food truck that specializes in fresh, delicious street food. Tacos are just one of their unique specialties. Try the squash and mushroom taco with pumpkin seed salsa and fresh pickled onions. Yum! You'll find the food truck out and about in Minneapolis, or you can visit the brick-and-mortar restaurant at 2743 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis.
4. Taqueria La Hacienda, Minneapolis and Burnsville
Taqueria La Hacienda has been serving up tacos in Minnesota since 1999. They're best known for their mouth-watering tacos al pastor. Flavorful marinated pork topped with salsa and cilantro, served in a corn tortilla. Yum! Stop in for a bite at one of three restaurants. The Minneapolis locations are at 1515 and 334 East Lake Street. The Burnsville location is at 2000 Williams Drive.
5. Chef Shack Ranch, Minneapolis
Chef Shack Ranch prides itself on creating unique food with delicious ingredients. You can't beat the sweet potato taco. Try it at the Minneapolis restaurant location, or find the mobile Chef Shack Ranch food truck - it's been named one of the ten most creative food trucks in the country! Try it out at 3025 East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.
6. Las Teresitas, Minneapolis
Las Teresitas serves up traditional tacos for a great price. Choose from 11 different types of meat and top it off with your choice of salsa from the salsa bar. And when you're ready to try something else, Las Teresitas burritos were named best of 2012 by City Pages. You can't go wrong here. Las Teresitas is located in Minneapolis at 5748 South 34th Avenue.
7. Bar Luchador - Minneapolis
Bar Luchador is known for serving unique tacos with fresh ingredients every day. That's why their location in the Stadium Village neighborhood of Minneapolis is always so busy. That, and the extensive selection of beers and cocktails. See for yourself at 825 Washington Avenue Southeast in Minneapolis.
8. Maya Cuisine, Minneapolis
Maya Cuisine guarantees that everything they serve is homemade. Given their outstanding score on Yelp, we're prone to believe them. At Maya, you can choose between 12 different tacos, including a vegetarian option. Choose your favorite toppings from a salsa buffet bar.
9. Taco Libre, West St. Paul
Taco Libre may be a newcomer to the Twin Cities taco scene, but it's already earned its share of fans. With the inventive tacos - including the Machete, pictured above - served up in the luchador-themed restaurant, it's no surprise that Taco Libre is a must-try taco shop. Try it for yourself at 1221 South Robert Street in West St. Paul.
10. Homi, St. Paul
Tucked away in a tiny St. Paul restaurant is some big Mexican flavor. Since 2010, owners Hortencia and Miguel have been recreating dishes from their childhood in Mexico. Here, everything is made from scratch - including the delicious tacos. Next time you're on University looking for a new restaurant, try Homi. It's located at 864 University Avenue West in St. Paul. If you're taking the Green Line, get off at the Victoria Street Station.
Have you been to any of these places? Do you have any other favorite taco restaurants to share? Let us know!