Street tacos are a South Texas staple. Though the classic corn tortilla, asada, onions, cilantro and lime are perfect and need no intervention, variation in the form of proteins, toppings and salsa is always welcome. Here is a round-up of local restaurants serving up street tacos you must try right now.
Tacobar Street is a must-have local favorite. Its order of street tacos comes with four tacos with your choice of meat, topped with grilled onion and cilantro; plus a side of charro beans, rice lime and salsa. The nachos with “truckmade” chips, queso, beef or chicken asada, spicy mayo, cilantro ranch, cilantro, tomato, avocado, queso fresco and grilled jalapenos are another crowd favorite. Consider the combo for a half order of both! 4711 S Alameda St, 78412
Tacos El Tri
For your late-night (or any time) taco craving, Tacos El Tri is the place to be. Made with fresh and flavorful ingredients, the five mini tacos come with your choice of asada, pastor, chorizo, mollejas, tripas, fajita de pollo or campechana, and are topped with cilantro and grilled onions. Limes, salsa and charro beans are all on the side. These tacos perfectly pair with an ice-cold Mexican Coke. 5417 S. Staples St.
Jefe’s Mobile Cafe
From burgers to tacos, Jefe’s Mobile Cafe has it all. If you love street tacos and quesadillas (who doesn’t?), consider giving its Quesi-Taco a try. These mini quesadilla tacos combine the best of both worlds with your choice of meat, onion, cilantro and cheese encrusted in a corn tortilla with salsa and lime on the side. Location varies.
Taquitos Mi Sierra
Classic, reliable and no-fuss street tacos (and tortas and quesadillas, too) are what Taquitos Mi Sierra is all about. Find the truck parked at the Pep Boys SPID parking lot ready to serve up the local favorite: An order of five Mini Taquitos made with corn tortillas, a choice of meat, grilled onions, cilantro and lime. 5106 S Padre Island.
Although it’s known for its mega Almighty Chacho’s Taco, this legendary taco shop has something for everyone. With tons of options on the menu, the #4 Michael’s Plate is a fan favorite. Three soft fajita tacos are topped with grilled onions, bell peppers, salsa and lime and served with a side of rice and beans. 3700 Ayers St.
A modest taco stand with big flavor, El Tacoriendo is serving up what some locals have declared the best tacos in town. The street tacos are filled with your choice of pastor, barbacoa, carnitas, tripas or birria with cilantro and crisp white onion on top. Fresh radish, sliced cucumber, lime, grilled onions and red and green salsa are served on the side. Choose from their selection of agua fresca to top it all off. 3250 Morgan Ave.
Acapulco on Airline
Locals love Acapulco and The Minitaquitos Mexicanos are one of the many good reasons. The plate comes with four mini tacos with asada, grilled onions, cilantro and lime. There is an option to sub the asada for another protein, but there’s no need; the asada is perfect. This spot stays open late and the tacos go exceptionally well well with the flour chips, creamy green salsa and a margarita. 1133 Airline Rd.
Another classic street taco option is the #46 Mini Taquitos from El Potro. Four mini tacos are filled with asada, grilled onions, cilantro and a whole grilled jalapeño for added heat. Leave it here, or take the extra mile by adding cotija cheese and avocado. As is the case at most local taco establishments, find your choice of green or red salsa to pair. 1401 Rodd Field Rd.
The only thing locals love as much as tacos are chips and salsa. We’ve got you covered with this round-up.