Reflecting both Colorado’s settlement history and current demographic trends, Mexican food is as vital to the Denver dining landscape as, say, craft beer and homegrown beef. Restaurants run the gamut from mom-and-pop taquerias to modern, upscale hot spots; the regional styles they represent do too, from Baja to Oaxaca on up to the Southwestern U.S. The following 17 spots showcase this diversity — though it should be noted that the current scene is so dynamic as to exceed the scope of this fixed-point map. Also worth seeking out are such highly acclaimed food trucks and pop-ups as Kiké’s Red Tacos and barbacoa purveyor El Borrego Negro (whose chef is just about to open the city’s first pozoleria, La Diabla).
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