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The Best Tacos in Tucson! TripAdvisor Releases 2021 List

Greyson F


If there’s one debate that’s not easily settled it’s who has the best taco in Tucson. It depends on who you ask, and even what kind of taco they like. They more of a fish taco fan or pork? Do they prefer corn or flour? Crispy or soft? And the joint with the best taco, according to anyone you ask, may hinge on the kind of salsas available at the restaurant. It’s a tricky debate with no concrete answer, but if you’re at least looking for a new joint that’s highly reviewed and respected, TripAdvisor has you covered. 

TripAdvisor just released its all-new “Best Tacos in Tucson” list for 2021. It’s fresh off the presses this April and while the debate will continue, if you’re hungry, looking to support a local food vendor, and want to try a place (or two) you may not have been to, here are the top 10 joints to grab a taco here in Tucson for 2021. 

10.Karamelo King

The 3752 E. Grant Road restaurant might be best known for their Sonoran dogs, but the tacos are what helped push this restaurant onto the Top 10 TripAdvisor taco joints in all of Tucson. And as it’s open until midnight, it’s a great location to grab some late-night food. 

9.Seis Kitchen

The 130 South Avenida Del Convento (Ste 100) location is what made the list, but Seis Kitchen now has several spots around Tucson, so you won’t have to drive far for some quality tacos. 

8.The Quesadillas

Close to the Catalina Foothills, this 2418 N. Craycroft location is around the corner from Tucson Medical Center. You should consider grabbing some of the breakfast goodies sold here. Well worth it. 

7.El Rustico

You’ll find El Rustico at 2281 North Oracle Road (close to the Grant intersection). It’s a small joint, so you may have missed it in the past, but it’s delicious all the same. Give it a try. 

6.Taqueria El Pueblito

The 1800 E. Fort Lowell Road (Ste. A156) location is a solid joint for grabbing some tacos. It also has great burritos and other selections made to order. And, as you’ll find in the other locations, there’s a salsa bar for all your spicy needs. 

5.Aqui Con El Nene

You can find this large foot cart at 4415 North Flowing Wells. You may have driven past it several times at night, so why not finally pull over and grab some of the best tacos in town? While once upon a time the location was cash only, they now accept cards. 

4.Taqueria Juanito’s

Located at 708 West Grant Road in the Miracle Manor, it’s hard to argue with this joint being on the list. The spot’s seating is very spaced out with extreme social distancing, so tables are limited, but it’s a solid spot for take-out. 

3.Tacos Apson

You’ll Find Tacos Apson at 3501 South 12th Avenue. It’s right across the street from Pueblo High School. With outdoor seating, this glorified exterior food cart is a delicious stop-over at almost any time of the day. And with a large menu, there’s plenty to snack on if you want more than just tacos. 

2.Toro Loco

Found at 7940 E. Broadway, this is the furthest east taco joint to make the list, which is great news if you live on that side of town. It’s a small joint but friendly. It also has some of the best-priced tacos you’re going to find anywhere in the city. 

1.Street - Taco and Beer Co.

Located at 58 W Congress Street, this is a popular destination close to downtown. It specializes in Mexican street food while, as the name suggests, offers a selection of beers as well. One of the reasons it managed to take the top spot on TripAdvisor’s new 2021 Best Tacos list for Tucson is its popularity. With nearly 800 reviews, it far outpaces most other taco joints here in the Old Pueblo. 

Honorable mention restaurants that just missed the top 10 include: Ensenada Street Food, El Antojo Poblano, Taqueria Rosita, The Taco Shop, El Guero Canelo, Momo's, Boca Tacos Y Tequila, and Taqueria Pica De Gallo.

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