Have you ever wondered where the taco came from? Or, more specifically, when the first person decided to wrap a tortilla around meat and veggies? Well, the idea of wrapping meat with some kind of bread has been around for centuries, mostly as a means of protecting cooked meat (and helping it last longer) while traveling. The concept spread from the Middle East and made it to the Western Hemisphere via the Spanish. As for the taco, while there isn’t a specific “ah-ha” moment of creation, it is believed to have originated in 18th-century Mexican silver mines, where small, rolled-up stickers of dynamite were referred to as tacos (they essentially looked like taquitos). In the decades to follow, taco restaurants have spread throughout the Southwestern United States, and now one Phoenix-based restaurant is expanding to its third location in the Valley.
Depending on the hot sauce and cheese combination of the tacos at Taqueria Factory, you very well might feel some explosions going on inside your stomach, but the modern takes on the tacos are well worth checking out if you haven’t been to either of the other two Taqueria Factory locations. The newest option is located inside of Tempe.
The first Taqueria Factory opened just last year in 2022, with the owners and creators of Frutilandia behind this brand of tacos. Besides a host of tacos, burritos, and other goodies, if you stop by in person you can order from a host of micheladas, Palomas, and real fruit margaritas, which makes the Tempe and two Chandler destinations excellent spots to hang out with friends and enjoy a refreshing beverage.
Everything is made fresh, with meat hot off the grill and tortillas that don’t come out of a mass-produced bag (and pumped out of a factory in a different state). The main portion of the menu includes a bean and cheese burrito, a burrito with your choice of meats (and includes pinto beans, pico, shredded cheese, and sour cream, quesadillas, tacos, quesabirria, various kinds of nachos, plus birria ramen (32 ounces of consume with birria meat, ramen noodles, onion, and cilantro).
Hungry to tack on some sides (or maybe eat only sides)? At Taqueria Factory you can order chips and guac, birria consume (a beef stew), refried beans, fried chile, plus both flour and corn tortillas
If you are interested in stopping by the new Tempe location, Taqueria Factory is located at 5025 South Arizona Mills Circle (by the Arizona Mall).