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Phoenix Taco » Tacos

Los Taquitos ~ Elliot & 48th, Ahwatukee


Los Toquitos is a very excellent taco shop in Ahwatukee (4747 E. Elliot Rd.). The inside has a fresh mural from Lalo Cota and Nomas. They have a second location in Midtown I’ll be sure to check out soon. Featured above are the tacos de pollo and carnecitas.

The Tamale Store ~ First Friday

The Tamale Store was best voted Best of Phoenix multiple times, and even though they’re located in Queen Creek, they sell their tamales at farmers markets and events all over the valley, including the Tempe Farmers Market. I checked them out this past First Friday in June. By the time I got there, they only had green chile and corn tamales left, but no complaining here, they were delicious. Check their website event calender to find a tamale near you.

Taqueria La Hacienda #1 ~ Buckeye & 1st Ave

Between 1st Ave and 7th St. on Buckeye is Taqueria La Hacienda #1, the kind of taco truck PhoenixTaco has been searching for. I immediately knew this place is legit when I walked up and no one asked, “Can I help you?” or “What would you like?” They just stared at me as if I was some dumb gringo. I ordered un taco de pollo, taco de cabeza, and taco de cerdo. I enjoyed the pollo the most, but each taco was supreme and easily trumped any other I have eaten in Phoenix. It should be noted that the employees speak little English, and it would help to brush up on your taco truck etiquette. Check out this great post over at LATaco called Tacos 101 with Bill Esparza ~ Part 1 “History and Etiquette. Taqueria La Hacienda opens every day at 8 a.m. and stays open until at least midnight. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until 2 a.m.

Tacos De Juarez ~ 7th St. & Roosevelt

Mural by Lalo Cota and Benji Sakoia

Check out Tacos De Juarez‘s website for more info

UPDATE: African Lion Tacos to be served in Tucson

Update: Lion meat tacos have been taken off the menu following an internet backlash against Boca Tacos.

Thanks to lataco.com for bringing this to our attention. Boca Tacos in Tucson has announced that it will be serving African lion tacos in february. Crazy, right?! It’s not the first time in Arizona. A restaurant in Mesa, il Vinaio, served lion tacos this past summer in celebration of the World Cup.

In the six months since it launched Exotic Taco Wednesdays, Boca Tacos y Tequila has served up python, alligator, elk, kangaroo and rattlesnake. Frog legs, turtle, duck and Rocky Mountain oysters have also made appearances.
“We’ve done just about anything we can get our hands on,” said owner Bryan Mazon. “Every Wednesday we do something a little bit different.” Last week he announced on Boca’s Facebook page that the UA-area taco shop was accepting prepaid orders for African lion, to be served on Feb. 16. Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. Feb. 7.

The African lions are not an endangered species, USDA certified and, therefore, completely legal. The tacos will cost $8.75 each and the restaurant expects to sell out.

La Tolteca ~ Phoenix

La Tolteca (1205 East Van Buren Street) is more than just a taco shop. It is a panadería that offers an array of combination platters and specialities, and will cater to your dining needs. It is a market, restaurant, and bakery all in one. Check out this article to read up more on La Tolteca, a nice alternative to the growing number of mexican chain restaurants.

Los Favoritos Taco Shop ~ Tempe

Los Faves, as it’s often called, is a great taco shop located right next to The Clubhouse. If you’ve ever been to the music venue, you know it’s not uncommon for bands to start off their set with, “Damn, I just had this fucking awesome burrito at some place right around the corner . . .” Featured above are the chicken taquitos and vegetarian burrito (beans, rice, guac, lettuce) with chips and a cup of spicy salsa verde. View the chicken tacos after the jump. Also, they are vegan-friendly.

Los Favoritos Taco Shop
1340 E Broadway Rd # 105
Tempe, AZ 85282-1637

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Arizona Taco Festival Winner!

On October 9th, the Arizona Taco Festival was held at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Sombrero-wearing donkeys and lucha libre wrestlers were in attendance! Congratulations to Barrio Cantina (4731 E. Cactus Rd.) for taking home 1st Place and a hefty sum over $2,600, part of the grand purse of $7,500!!! They also placed 1st in the seafood, salsa, and guacamole categories! They certainly took home the taco in this competition. You can check out photographs, testimonials, and the winners of each category at the Arizona Taco Festival website.


La Frontera Comida Mexicana ~ Central

Let it be known, Phoenix Taco does not support Jack in the Box, Del Taco, Taco Bell, or Filiberto’s for your late night comida mexicana cravings. Taco trucks in abandoned dirt lots are one of the things that truly makes this country great.

La Frontera– 16th and Van Buren
1209 N. 16th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Arizona Taco Festival ► Scottsdale

On Saturday, Oct. 9th from 10 am- 5 pm the Arizona Taco Festival will be held at Scottsdale Waterfront (7025 E. Via Soleri, the lot across from Olive & Ivy). Over 30 professional and amateur taco stands will showcase their best taco ranging in a variety of categories and a grand prize of $7,500 will be awarded to the best taco makers. You best believe Phoenix Taco will be there to partake in the festivities!

More info for the event here