10 Best Tex-Mex Restaurants in Scottsdale: Where to Find Authentic Southwestern Cuisine

The best Tex-Mex restaurants in Scottsdale offer a unique spin on Southwestern staples such as tacos, chimichangas, barbecue, green and red chile pork, and other regional favorites.

For great Tex-Mex in a fun, funky dining room, head over to Cien Agaves, where the taco menu is almost as comprehensive as the collection of tequila bottles behind the bar. Try the Dos or Tres Taco Especial, which comes with your choice of two or three tacos stuffed with a variety of quality meats and toppings.

No-nonsense, straightforward Mexican and Tex-Mex fare is on the menu at El Molino Mexican Cafe, where the chimichangas, perfectly crisp on the inside and stuffed with savory meats and spices on the inside, are always a winner.

For a sophisticated lunch or dinner in downtown, try out Cantina Laredo, a sophisticated eatery serving modern takes on classic Tex-Mex dishes like sizzling fajita plates and barbecue tacos. 

If you're idea of great Tex-Mex includes the sweet and salty flavors of a top-shelf margarita, be sure to check out Z'Tejas during happy hour. This regional chain is known for its fajita plates and delicious Sixth Street Margarita. 


Finally, if you're looking for Tex-Mex in Old Town Scottsdale, stop by the Old Town Tortilla Factory for creative Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes served on one of the prettiest outdoor patios in town. 


Old Town Tortilla Factory is located in Old Town Scottsdale in a historic 75-year old Scottsdale adobe home. The restaurant is popular with visitors drawn to the restaurant's Southwestern charm and ambiance--not to mention the 1400 square foot...  Read More

Los Sombreros

Fun, festive decor creates a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy heaping portions of Mexican favorites. If you're famished, an appetizer of beef gorditas will more than tide you over until the main course arrives. Blue corn crab enchiladas,...  Read More

You won't find greasy run-of-the-mill tacos at Blanco Tacos + Tequila. The menu blends fresh ingredients and authentic Mexican recipes for out-of-this-world flavor profiles. Start with the popular house guacamole. It's a creamy, spicy treat made...  Read More

This venerable local cafe dishes up down-home, no-frills Mexican food that has drawn a loyal local following over the years. Classic Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes such as tacos, burros, enchiladas and quesadillas are consistently good and served...  Read More

Fun, funky and right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Cien Agaves Tacos and Tequila is a favorite stopping point for out-of-towners and anyone with a soft spot for tasty tacos and top shelf tequila. The heart of the menu is The Taco Stand,...  Read More

Jalapeno Inferno is a Southwestern-Mexican restaurant serving gourmet fare in a stylish modern space with a spacious patio. The family-owned restaurant has two locations in Scottsdale has made a name for itself with its pillowy soft flour...  Read More

Located in the Promenade Shopping Center in downtown Scottsdale, Cantina Laredo serves Tex-Mex specialties in a sophisticated dining room. This is the place to go when you're seeking great fresh flavors and beautiful presentation in a clean,...  Read More

An interior of mellow wood and Texas limestone defines the casual atmosphere of this small regional chain. Dishes come from a variety of backgrounds but share a common Southwestern flair. Signature items include voodoo blackened tuna and...  Read More

Carlsbad Tavern
Photo courtesy of Carlsbad Tavern

Carlsbad Tavern & Restaurant in Scottsdale embraces New Mexico-style Mexican food and culture, making for one of the most colorful, fun lunch and dinner spots in Scottsdale. Authentic New Mexican grub uses fresh New Mexico chiles in a...  Read More

Blue Adobe Grille is the brainchild of Chef and Owner Jose Leyva, who brings traditional "New" Mexican cuisine to Scottsdale with his unique take on such regional favorites as chimichangas, enchiladas and rellenos. The menu branches out into...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

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