The never-ending quest for the perfect taco can be a bit daunting in a city where there are thousands (yes, literally thousands) of mind-blowing flavorful taco spots on nearly every corner in every neighborhood. But I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a fairly fantastic problem to have, as it allows us to graze our way through the Mile High City every “Taco Tuesday” – or pretty much any other day of the week for that matter. Whether you’re craving authentically delicious handmade tortillas brimming with lengua, carnitas, and al pastor, or you’re after more modern twists on traditional street tacos filled with grilled octopus, fried tofu, and lamb neck, these Mile High amigos are slinging the best tacos in Denver and can satisfy your every tortilla-filled desire.
1. La Calle Taqueria Y Carnitas
This spot in southwest Denver boasts cheap, delicious authentic street tacos and one of the most impressive salsa selections in town. La Calle Taqueria Y Carnitas has all of your traditional slow-cooked favorites, such as al pastor, asada, and chorizo, plus a whole lot more, including cow cheek, fried tripe, and pork skin. It's truly the Holy Grail of taco authenticity!
2. Las Margs
If scratch-made Mexican home-cooking is what you're after, the tasty tacos at Las Margs on Marion pack a flavor punch that is unmatched and are served up in an inviting atmosphere that will have you hungry for more.
3. Machete Tequila + Tacos
Top-notch tacos, lively happy hours, and happening atmospheres are the name of the game at Machete Tequila + Tacos, with two locations in LoDo and Cherry Creek. They've got crispy beef, braised lamb, rotisserie chicken, grilled shrimp, fried lobster, and so much more!
4. Taqueria La Familia
Taqueria La Familia is a lovely little hole in the wall that boasts some of the best vegetarian tacos around and all the traditional meat-filled favorites as well. From fresh veggies and avocado to sublimely tasty tongue simmered to tender perfection, this small, intimate family-run spot promises great food, great people, and some of the most flavorful tacos in town.
5. Tacos Tequila Whiskey
With award-winning tacos and locations in City Park and the Highlands, "Tacos Tequila Whiskey" (aka Pinche Tacos) reigns supreme when it comes to modern Mexican street food. Choose from solid staples like lengua, carnitas, and asada, or boldly try one of their ever-rotating specials, such as beer-braised short ribs with fried onions and blue cheese crema or seared Ahi tuna with smashed avocado, fried leeks, and spicy diablo sauce.
6. Los Chingones
For surprisingly scrumptious not-so-traditional tacos, check out Los Chingones, with locations in DTC and RiNo. Chef Troy Guard uses local ingredients to create signature, featured, and seasonal tacos, which include fried tofu, grilled octopus, and garden fresh veggies. Their sunny rooftop patio is just the ticket for your next Taco Tuesday!
7. el Camino Community Tavern
This community hub in the Highlands is home to high-quality tacos made fresh daily from scratch, and they offer a Taco Tuesday special that can't be beat! $1 tacos, delicious margs, and a laid-back, down-home ambiance ¡Si, por favor!
This LoDo locale has a killer rooftop patio and tasty, modern tacos to match. Grilled garlic and cilantro mahi mahi, adobo pork with caramelized pineapple, and crispy tofu with a shiitake vinaigrette are just a few of the fantastic offerings at Tamayo. Add the fact that you can dine al fresco, and you can count me in any time!
9. La Abeja
For cheap, authentic mom-and-pop tacos, check out La Abeja on East Colfax. They've got all your traditional craves, like braised beef tongue, chicharrones con chili verde, and comforting carne asada. Plus, they're baking up some of the best Mexican cakes, breads, and sugary treats in the Mile High City. Win, win!
10. El Taco Veloz
Another unassuming hole in the wall that's putting out phenomenal street tacos is El Taco Veloz on Federal Boulevard. Handmade tortillas rolled and pressed right before your very eyes, piled high with flavorful meats, then handed over to you to add tasty adornments from their topping and salsa bar. You win again!