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Where to go for great authentic Mexican food in Kissimmee

Kaleah Mcilwain

One of the top destinations in the U.S. for vacationing is the state of Florida. The best part is that Florida has plenty of cities to travel to that meet anyone's travel needs, whether that's staying in the party city of Miami or a quieter setting like Kissimmee.

The city of Kissimmee in central Florida, right along Lake Toho, is a great destination if you want to enjoy all that Florida has to offer without the crowds, including authentic Mexican restaurants. Of course when traveling anywhere trying authentic cuisine is a must and in Kissimmee there's Mexican restaurants galore.

Here are restaurants where you can find great authentic Mexican food in Kissimmee.

El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

$$ | 1804 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34741

At El Tapatio the chefs have the highest standards in Mexican food, that is why the food is made from scratch and served fresh daily. This authentic Mexican restaurant has a family atmosphere with excellent service to match the great quality of food.

Must-ty items: The Burrito Real comes highly recommended as do the Carnitas. You'll definitely get your moneys worth with the portion size of these dishes.

Hours: Mon-Thurs, Sun: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

*This restaurant is only open for online and drive-through pick-up orders*

El Jefe Tequilas

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The Volcano Bowl.(El Jefe Tequilas)

$$ | 3227 Margaritaville Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34747

El Jefe Tequilas is a family owned and operated Mexican restaurant and tequila bar run by father-daughter duo Mario and Samantha Gonzalez. The food here is influenced by trips to Mexico and family recipes passed down through generations.

Must-try items: The Molcajete or Volcano Bowl is the most popular dish on the menu. It comes bubbling hot in a lava rock bowl!

Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Tijuana Flats

$ | 6113 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy. Unit 101, Kissimmee, FL 34747

This Tex Mex, fast-casual establishment may ring a bell since it has over 120 locations in just four U.S. states. Tijuana Flats may be a quick bites eatery but here they are serving up big and bold flavors tat make them a go to for authentic Mexican food.

Must-try items: The Chicken Chimichanga is a fan favorite. Order it as is or "wet" to have it topped with queso cheese.

Hours: Mon-Sat: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tortilleria La Mexicana

$ | 2272 W. Columbia Ave, Kissimmee, FL 34741

If more traditional, authentic Mexican food is what you are looking for then Tortilleria La Mexicana is the place for you. Some say it is a hidden gem and while it may not look like much the food is worth the trip.

Must-try items: For lunch or dinner the Burrito A La Mexicana is a great choice, it's filled with everything and comes topped with all three sauces so you can try it all at once.

Hours: Mon-Tues, Thurs-Sat: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Wed, Sun: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Taqueria Casas 2

$ | 3245 South John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746

In the mood for some Mexican street tacos? Then look no further than Taqueria Casas 2. This family owned restaurant is serving authentic tacos on hand made tortillas and authentic Mexican snacks.

Must-try items: Tacos. You pick the protein and then select which toppings you want to come on the side to add on yourself. If you are in the mood for something other than tacos, the Huarache is excellent.

Hours: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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