13 Great Tacos in El Paso

A border taco run that finds there is more to the city than Chico’s Tacos.


It can be difficult to see beyond the attention given to El Paso’s most significant contribution to tacos—Chico’s Tacos. It’s recognized by the Texas House of Representatives. It’s on TV. It’s available for mail order. Look a little harder, even along Alameda Avenue, home to the original Chico’s Tacos, and you’ll find a dynamic taco landscape populated by kiosks, food trucks, mom-and-pop taquerias, flashy joints and other longstanding institutions doing everything from slinging specialty fare to unabashedly finishing signature dishes with lettuce, tomato and Muenster cheese—a typical El Paso substitute for Tex-Mex’s classic orange cheese.

As part of the run up to Texas Monthly’s 2015 taco issue, the magazine’s editors have scattered a team of discerning taco aficionados across the state do to the demanding work of eating and evaluating as many tacos as they can stomach. We’ve featured notable tacos in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, and in the Rio Grande Valley. Now it’s El Paso’s turn. The 13 tacos listed herein offer a sweeping look at what that border city has to offer.

  1. TacoholicsFlautas Ahogadas
  2. Tony’s BarbacoaBarbacoa
  3. Los Tragones GrillTaco Al Pastor
  4. Tacos Toro BroncoJaralillos de Res
  5. Kiki’s RestaurantCrab
  6. Lucy’s CaféTacos Antonia (Brisket)
  7. Valentine’s BakeryBrisket
  8. Tacos ChinampaTacos Al Pastor
  9. Sofi’s Mexican RestaurantAlambre
  10. Tamaulipas TacosTripitas
  11. Taco ToteAdobado Pork
  12. Flores Meat Market & RestaurantColitas de Pavo
  13. Choose Your Favorite El Paso TacoAnd enter to win $100.

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  • carlos

    Taco Tote is my choice.

  • Nikki H

    Kiki’s tacos are the best. Not just the crab ones–all of them are outstanding.