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Tacos Tequila Whiskey serves tasty and unique tacos loaded with flavor.
Tacos Tequila Whiskey serves tasty and unique tacos loaded with flavor.
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Where to Find Denver's Top Tacos

Tocos are more than a trend in this town

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Tacos Tequila Whiskey serves tasty and unique tacos loaded with flavor.
| Lucy Beaugard/Eater Denver

The Mile High is home to several satiating taco spots, ranging from the hidden gems where tacos are straightforward and chips are endless, to the hippest venues where street tacos are filled with beef tongue and scallops. The options abound, and one spot does not fit all moods and situations. Here are 17 must-try taco spots in Denver to get any taco lover started.

Note: The list is organized from north to south. Have another favorite? Leave a note in the comments or send us a tip.

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1. El Chingon

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4326 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 248-3641
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From its space on Tennyson Street, this family-run operation serves simple, focused Mexican fare that is beloved by the neighborhood. The taco de camaron, filled with grilled jumbo shrimp, guajillo-habanero salsa, and guacamole, is a favorite.

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El Chingon
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2. Los Carboncitos

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3757 Pecos St
Denver, CO
(303) 458-0880
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An old-school spot at the border of the Highland and Sunnyside, Los Carboncitos is a family-owned business operation with a loyal following. The specialty is the slow-roasted al pastor pork served with onions and cilantro. There are also locations in Aurora and on Sheridan Boulevard.

3. El Camino

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3628 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 889-7946
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A neighborhood favorite, El Camino offers Tex-Mex favorites and plenty of tequila to wash it all down. The signature al pastor tacos are not to be missed and come with house-marinated pork shoulder, pan-seared with fresh pineapple and topped with salsa de arbol, red onion, and cilantro. Taco Tuesday ($1 tacos) is actually a thing here.

4. Taqueria Patzcuaro

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2616 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-4389
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With a remodeled interior, this long-running LoHi spot offers much more than just tacos, from green chili to sopapillas. The carnitas alone make it worth a visit.

5. Lola

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1575 Boulder St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 570-8686
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With an extensive Mexican-inspired menu. this LoHi institution offers one irresistible taco option, the al pastor for two, which includes pork al pastor, chile blackened grouper, spicy calabacitas, red rice, and pinto bean refritos. Also worth trying is the bottomless brunch taco bar on Saturdays.

Lola
Lola
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6. Los Chingones

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2461 larimer st
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 295-0686
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Chef Troy Guard's modern taqueria makes intriguing tacos filled with lamb neck, beer-battered Mahi, and octopus with five locations. The Rino location also boasts a next-door lounge that serves tacos late into the night.

7. Kachina Cantina

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1890 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 460-2728
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Located in the renovated Dairy Block, Kachina Cantina is a southwestern grill with influences from Baja Mexico to the Four Corners. A fan favorite is the Texan taco with braised beef, pico de gallo, charro beans, and chorizo topped with chipotle aioli and served on tortillas or fry bread.

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Kachina Cantina
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8. Comida at The Stanley Marketplace

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2501 Dallas St
Aurora, CO 80010
(303) 484-1632
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Two brick-and-mortar cantina at Stanley Marketplace and a hot-pink truck assemble tacos with unique ingredients, including chorizo and red onion escabeche. There is also a griddled soft corn variant with tender belly bacon and jalapeño.

Tacos at Comida
Tacos at Comida
Comida [Official Site]

9. Dos Santos

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1475 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 386-3509
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A family-owned operation, this modern taqueria in Uptown offers light and creative Mexican fare. The signature O.M.F.G. is a taco made with raw tuna, lime, cilantro aioli, pickled onion, avocado, and cabbage, served on a bib lettuce "tortilla."

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Dos Santos
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10. Las Margs Tavern

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1521 N Marion St
Denver, CO 80218
(720) 361-2137
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This Capitol Hill watering hole is a happy hour sneak spot with specials that start at 3 p.m. and last until 7 p.m. The tinga taco is everything a chicken taco should be with slow-cooked shredded chicken topped with onions, chipotle, avocado, and crema.

11. Tacos Tequila Whiskey

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1514 York St
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 475-1337
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Born as a food truck, TTW (also known as Pinche Tacos) proved so popular it became a brick-and-mortar spot in City Park, with another added in Highlands and now a third in Governors Park. In addition to serving up tasty tacos like pork belly and braised beef tongue, this place gets down with tequila and whiskey, making the restaurants as fun as any street party.

Tacos Tequila Whiskey serves tasty and unique tacos loaded with flavor.
Tacos Tequila Whiskey serves tasty and unique tacos loaded with flavor.
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12. El Taco De Mexico

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714 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 623-3926
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This Santa Fe spot is the king of Denver taco shops. A three-decade-old institution, El Taco offers great carne asada, lengua, and al pastor tacos. Bonus: The smothered chile relleno burrito and the huevos rancheros are also worthwhile.

El Taco De Mexico
El Taco De Mexico
El Taco De Mexico [Official Site]

13. Machete Tequila + Tacos

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2817 E 3rd Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 333-1567
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Across its three locations — Union Station, Cherry Creek, and Colfax — Machete puts a contemporary spin on tacos. There are 20-some choices, though the campechano with grilled flank steak is a must.

Machete Tequila + Tacos
Machete Tequila + Tacos
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14. Leña

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24 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(720) 550-7267
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This Latin American-inspired restaurant and bar on South Broadway offers a variety of tacos including the must-have, slow-roasted bison short ribs with salsa estofado, jicama slaw, and queso casero.

15. Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina

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1294 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 778-1294
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Among several traditional taco offerings at this friendly and family-owned Platte Park go-to, the veggie version is a stand-out: sautéed portobello mushrooms, vegetables, cabbage, and pico de gallo on house-made corn tortillas. South suburbanites can also head to the newer location in downtown Littleton.

16. Que Bueno Suerte

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1518 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210
(720) 642-7322
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This large, Old South Pearl restaurant threads the line between modern Mexican and traditional. If only one taco is to be had here, it’s the barbacoa de borrego with guajillo pepper-steamed lamb neck and cheek, and radish, cilantro, and onion salad.

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17. Cochino Taco

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3495 S Downing St
Englewood, CO 80113
(720) 573-6174
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It only makes sense that this menu truly represents this funky taco spot’s name, which literally translates to “pig.” The “say what” taco comes with crispy fried pig ears, cochino slaw, white onions, and serrano pepper salsa.

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1. El Chingon

4326 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212
<span data-author="-1">El&nbsp;Chingon </span>
El Chingon
El Chingon [Official Site]

From its space on Tennyson Street, this family-run operation serves simple, focused Mexican fare that is beloved by the neighborhood. The taco de camaron, filled with grilled jumbo shrimp, guajillo-habanero salsa, and guacamole, is a favorite.

4326 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212

2. Los Carboncitos

3757 Pecos St, Denver, CO

An old-school spot at the border of the Highland and Sunnyside, Los Carboncitos is a family-owned business operation with a loyal following. The specialty is the slow-roasted al pastor pork served with onions and cilantro. There are also locations in Aurora and on Sheridan Boulevard.

3757 Pecos St
Denver, CO

3. El Camino

3628 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211

A neighborhood favorite, El Camino offers Tex-Mex favorites and plenty of tequila to wash it all down. The signature al pastor tacos are not to be missed and come with house-marinated pork shoulder, pan-seared with fresh pineapple and topped with salsa de arbol, red onion, and cilantro. Taco Tuesday ($1 tacos) is actually a thing here.

3628 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

4. Taqueria Patzcuaro

2616 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211

With a remodeled interior, this long-running LoHi spot offers much more than just tacos, from green chili to sopapillas. The carnitas alone make it worth a visit.

2616 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

5. Lola

1575 Boulder St, Denver, CO 80211
Lola
Lola
Lola [Official Site]

With an extensive Mexican-inspired menu. this LoHi institution offers one irresistible taco option, the al pastor for two, which includes pork al pastor, chile blackened grouper, spicy calabacitas, red rice, and pinto bean refritos. Also worth trying is the bottomless brunch taco bar on Saturdays.

1575 Boulder St
Denver, CO 80211

6. Los Chingones

2461 larimer st, Denver, CO 80205

Chef Troy Guard's modern taqueria makes intriguing tacos filled with lamb neck, beer-battered Mahi, and octopus with five locations. The Rino location also boasts a next-door lounge that serves tacos late into the night.

2461 larimer st
Denver, CO 80205

7. Kachina Cantina

1890 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202
<span data-author="4191579">Kachina Cantina </span>
Kachina Cantina
Kachina Cantina [Official Site]

Located in the renovated Dairy Block, Kachina Cantina is a southwestern grill with influences from Baja Mexico to the Four Corners. A fan favorite is the Texan taco with braised beef, pico de gallo, charro beans, and chorizo topped with chipotle aioli and served on tortillas or fry bread.

1890 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202

8. Comida at The Stanley Marketplace

2501 Dallas St, Aurora, CO 80010
Tacos at Comida
Tacos at Comida
Comida [Official Site]

Two brick-and-mortar cantina at Stanley Marketplace and a hot-pink truck assemble tacos with unique ingredients, including chorizo and red onion escabeche. There is also a griddled soft corn variant with tender belly bacon and jalapeño.

2501 Dallas St
Aurora, CO 80010

9. Dos Santos

1475 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Dos Santos
Dos Santos
Dos Santos [Official Site]

A family-owned operation, this modern taqueria in Uptown offers light and creative Mexican fare. The signature O.M.F.G. is a taco made with raw tuna, lime, cilantro aioli, pickled onion, avocado, and cabbage, served on a bib lettuce "tortilla."

1475 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

10. Las Margs Tavern

1521 N Marion St, Denver, CO 80218

This Capitol Hill watering hole is a happy hour sneak spot with specials that start at 3 p.m. and last until 7 p.m. The tinga taco is everything a chicken taco should be with slow-cooked shredded chicken topped with onions, chipotle, avocado, and crema.

1521 N Marion St
Denver, CO 80218

11. Tacos Tequila Whiskey

1514 York St, Denver, CO 80206
Tacos Tequila Whiskey serves tasty and unique tacos loaded with flavor.
Tacos Tequila Whiskey serves tasty and unique tacos loaded with flavor.
Lucy Beaugard/Eater Denver

Born as a food truck, TTW (also known as Pinche Tacos) proved so popular it became a brick-and-mortar spot in City Park, with another added in Highlands and now a third in Governors Park. In addition to serving up tasty tacos like pork belly and braised beef tongue, this place gets down with tequila and whiskey, making the restaurants as fun as any street party.

1514 York St
Denver, CO 80206

12. El Taco De Mexico

714 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204
El Taco De Mexico
El Taco De Mexico
El Taco De Mexico [Official Site]

This Santa Fe spot is the king of Denver taco shops. A three-decade-old institution, El Taco offers great carne asada, lengua, and al pastor tacos. Bonus: The smothered chile relleno burrito and the huevos rancheros are also worthwhile.

714 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204

13. Machete Tequila + Tacos

2817 E 3rd Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Machete Tequila + Tacos
Machete Tequila + Tacos
Adam Larkey/Eater

Across its three locations — Union Station, Cherry Creek, and Colfax — Machete puts a contemporary spin on tacos. There are 20-some choices, though the campechano with grilled flank steak is a must.

2817 E 3rd Ave
Denver, CO 80206

14. Leña

24 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

This Latin American-inspired restaurant and bar on South Broadway offers a variety of tacos including the must-have, slow-roasted bison short ribs with salsa estofado, jicama slaw, and queso casero.

24 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

15. Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina

1294 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210

Among several traditional taco offerings at this friendly and family-owned Platte Park go-to, the veggie version is a stand-out: sautéed portobello mushrooms, vegetables, cabbage, and pico de gallo on house-made corn tortillas. South suburbanites can also head to the newer location in downtown Littleton.

1294 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210

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16. Que Bueno Suerte

1518 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210
Que Bueno Suerte Adam Larked/Eater

This large, Old South Pearl restaurant threads the line between modern Mexican and traditional. If only one taco is to be had here, it’s the barbacoa de borrego with guajillo pepper-steamed lamb neck and cheek, and radish, cilantro, and onion salad.

1518 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210

17. Cochino Taco

3495 S Downing St, Englewood, CO 80113
Adam Larkey/Eater

It only makes sense that this menu truly represents this funky taco spot’s name, which literally translates to “pig.” The “say what” taco comes with crispy fried pig ears, cochino slaw, white onions, and serrano pepper salsa.

3495 S Downing St
Englewood, CO 80113

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