There’s Nothing Better Than This Mouthwatering Taco Trail In Illinois

Though Illinois isn’t known for its Mexican food nationwide, we Illinoisans know that our state boasts some amazing food from our neighbor to the south. We love all types of Mexican food, but it’s tacos that have us wanting to drive all over the state to find the best of the best. We’ve made an Illinois Taco Trail with eats that are downright dreamy!

See the interactive Google map here.

What is your favorite taco joint in Illinois? Let us know in the comments.

If you just can’t get enough, here are 10 Places To Get Tacos That Are Out Of This World Good In Illinois!


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What are the best Mexican restaurants in Illinois that aren’t on this trail?

Some of the best Mexican restaurants have the most authentic cuisine. Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant in La Grange is frequented by locals and is known for its excellent food, service, and margaritas. Also known mostly to locals is Hacienda Cantina & Grill in Pekin. Its traditional family recipes and colorful decor will transport you to Mexico City. Martinez Tacos Restaurant in Kankakee is a hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant that everyone needs to visit. Its authentic home-style cooking will make your tastebuds believe you are in Mexico, as will the charming decor.

Where can I find the best margaritas in Illinois?

Many Mexican restaurants across the Land of Lincoln have incredible margaritas, which are a great compliment to a delicious taco (or other Mexican dishes). If you are looking for size, both Don Reales Mexican Restaurant in Champaign and Toro Loco in Urbana offer up margaritas in giant glasses. For hotter days, a frozen margarita at Huaraches Moroleon in Urbana may be a good idea. There are many more we could list but if you are in the mood for the famed tequila-based drink, check out our previous article: Drink Your Way Through Illinois On The Margarita Marathon.

Are there any other food trails in Illinois I should take?

Illinois has such an amazing food (and drink) scene and we have put together many of our own trails for you to follow. Be sure to check out our ice cream trail, cheeseburger trail, and pizza trail for some incredible meals and treats. The Prairie State is truly a paradise for foodies!