Al Pastor, El Tejavan

Type: Classic Mexican
Rating: 4.75
Price: $8.99/platter
Here in cattle country, it’s beef—not pork—that’s cooked al pastor. The well-marinated steak is elevated by simple cilantro, onions, and freshly made corn tortillas; there’s also chunky guacamole, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and salsa served on the side for you to create your own ideal balance of sweet, savory, and spicy. 3420 I-40W, 806-354-2444. Mon–Sat 8–10, Sun 8–4.

Carne Asada, El Giro


Type: Classic Mexican
Rating: 4.5
Price: $6.99/plate
Talk about guilt-free: the steak at this Guadalajara-style joint is super-lean, and the tortillas are so small you can wolf down one taco in three or four bites. It’s impossible to decide between the red (tomatillo-and-chipotle-based) or the green (tomatillo-based and hot!) salsa, so get both. 1800 Bell, 806-318-3859. Sun–Thur 9–9, Fri & Sat 9–10.

Chile Verde, Tortilleria Lupita


Type: Classic Mexican
Rating: 4.75
Price: $1.89
Lupita’s is a tortilla factory, so don’t expect much in the way of atmosphere or seating. You’ll note the corn drying for tomorrow’s milling, and as you wait, you can watch your taco’s progress: the tortilla is heated on the griddle, topped with slow-cooked green chile pork, and finished with sprinkles of cheese, lettuce, onion, and cilantro. Grab some fresh red salsa from the cooler and you’re good to go. 4013 E. Tenth Ave, 806-372-3537. Daily 8–6.