Delicious Tacos Not From California or Texas but, Surprisingly, From Chicago

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When you think about where you can find delicious tacos in the states, you will often think immediately of the various places around California or Texas. Many other areas of the states simply pale in comparison to these taco rich states.

If you had to pick a place outside of these two states to find tacos at, Chicago might be one of the last places to choose from but there are actually a handful of rare gems in the Windy City that pack a mighty taco.

The first of these diamonds in the rough would be Birrieria Zaragoza located just around Archer Heights at 4852 South Pulaski Road. Keep an open mind as the suprises are far from over. Birrieria Zaragoza specializes in goat tacos.

As far as taco proteins go, goat is not something you see regularly but at this establishment, their goat tacos might just be the most delicious goat you will ever eat, both in and out of a taco shell. The menu here is tiny but that just means that they focus on perfecting the goat tacos that are at the forefront of their menu. They also offer various goat platters, quesadillas, and consumme to dip everything in.

Alongside the tacos, the goat platter is also a fan favorite at this restaurant. The platter includes tortillas, hot peppars, onions, and cilantro. It includes all the ingredients necessary to complete your very own goat taco creations.

It is hard to find a better birria taco anywhere else in Chicago and there might not be any other location that does birria goat as well as they do at Birrieria Zaragoza.

Another hole in the wall taco restaurant is Carnitas Uruapan. Uruapan boasts a legendary and authentic carnitas from the Michoacan region of Mexico and has perfected the Mexican flavors and passions that has been passed down for generations. Located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, Carnitas Uruapan was first opened more than fourty years ago.

Since the inception of Uruapan, the restaurant has been highly regarded and featured in a plethora of shows such as The Food Network, and VICE. Their secret family recipe has been passed down and heavily guarded as it is the reason how Uruapan can keep its carnitas at such a high quality and stay close to all the rich Mexican heritage that comes with the cuisine.

Carnitas Uruapan can be found directly north of the Heart of Chicago at 1725 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608.

The last place you might be able to find the best tacos in Chicago could be the biggest suprise at all as it is not a restaurant or food truck. You will find some of the best tacos in the Midwest in an unassuming grocery store called La Chaparrita Taqueria.

La Chaparrita Taqueria can be found just in front of a small grocery store around Little Village so while many visit the location to get their weekly grocery shopping done, even more patrons visit just for the tacos being cooked right in front of the store.

La Chaparrita is run by one man simply making all sorts of tacos from carne asada all the way to brain or tripe. There are so many options here there is bound to be at least a few you have never even heard of or tried before. Each taco will not be a wrong choice as they are all perfectly cooked and juicy with a balanced flavor profile.

The tacos at La Chaparrita are also similar to birria tacos as the tortillas are coated with a meaty broth before getting slapped onto the grill.

This Taqueria can be found at 2500 S Whipple St.

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