15 Great Tacos in Dallas & Fort Worth

A taco tour of Dallas and Fort Worth, from Big D’s Oak Cliff and the Bishop Arts District neighborhoods to Cowtown’s Northside and West 7th strip.

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The barbacoa roja estilo sinaloa taco at Los Torress Taqueria, in Dallas.
Kelsey Foster

As anyone who lives in Dallas or Fort Worth knows, these two cities have distinctly different personalities. But they’re always lumped together, whether it be people referring to the area as DFW or—to the chagrin of some—calling the whole sprawl the Metroplex. But one thing the two cities really do have in common is a nearly infinite variety of tacos, from Monterreyan tacos de trompo and Mexico City-style tacos al pastor to hole-in-the-wall Tex-Mex joints serving silken barbacoa and modern, upscale restaurants experimenting with traditional spit-roasted pork. No matter if you’re driving up 35E or 35W or exiting off of I-30 or I-20, taco options abound.

So why all the taco tasting madness? Not that there really needs to be a reason to want to eat all the tacos, but Texas Monthly is beginning its research on finding the best tacos across the state, a list we’ll publish at the end of the year. Our quest to unearth the top contenders already took us on a taco tour of Austin, where we scouted out more than 100 taquerias, food trucks, highfalutin joints—well, basically any place were tortillas are slung and filled—and settled on 16 great options from the Capitol City. Now, we’ve trekked across the vast expanse that is DFW to bring you 15 great tacos from the area. This list is far from comprehensive, and as we continue our mission to find the best fillings stuffed in a folded tortilla, we ask that you share your recommendations (like we could stop you). We promise to get to them. In the meantime, here are some regional favorites.

  1. Morales RestaurantTacos Rojos
  2. Mi TierritaCampechana
  3. Los Torres TaqueriaBarbacoa roja estilo sinaloa
  4. The Local OakCrispy Taco
  5. La BanquetaFried Tripe
  6. El Come TacoTaco de Jose
  7. Urban TacoPastor a la Tuma
  8. El TizoncitoChoriqueso
  9. La Nueva Fresh & HotRajas Con Queso
  10. Aguilera’s CaféCarne Guisada
  11. Chile Pepper GrillLengua
  12. Taco HeadsBrisket
  13. Velvet TacoFried Paneer
  14. Holy FrijoleChicharron Prensado
  15. Revolver Taco LoungeHuitlacoche

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