10 Best Mexican Restaurants in Tucson: We've Rounded Up Old Pueblo's Best



If your idea of good Mexican food is the Taco Bell drive-thru window at midnight, it's time to take a trip to Tucson to see how real Mexican food is done.

Delicious, authentic and innovative Mexican food is a point of pride in this town, so it comes as no surprise that some of the country's best Mexican food restaurants can be found in Tucson. The hardest part is choosing a place to eat first!

Cafe Poca Cosa, one of the most highly-regarded Mexican food restaurants in the city, elevates the combo platter to new heights with Chef Susana's fresh and inventive take on Mexican classics.

One venerable Tucson food tradition is the Mexican food buffet, especially at breakfast time. You'll find a great Sunday buffet at Casa Molina. Get here early and dig into freshly-made rice, beans, and assorted breakfast entrees.

If you're in the mood for hot, tasty Sonoran-style Mexican comfort food, head to South Tucson, where El Guero Canelo pushes out tasty tacos, burritos and the iconic Sonoran Dog at a breakneck pace. 

Calle Tepa in midtown is a relatively new kid on the block, but this fast-casual restaurant is quickly making a name for itself, thanks to a hearty selection of freshly made tortas, tacos and quesadillas featuring fresh sheep's milk cheese.

Finally, for a mariachi-blasting good time, head to Guadalajara Grill, where the salsa and guacamole are always made fresh table-side, and traditional Mexican food dishes such as mole poblano and chile rellenos are cooked with fresh ingredients and signature flair. 




Casa Molina has been family owned and operated since 1947, and it's a special place. The furniture was made by Gilberto Molina Sr. from mesquite and pine, and the backlit glass plates ringing the room are direct from Mexico, lending even more...  Read More




The Contreras family of Tucson opened a small hot dog stand back in 1993 that dished out hot and tasty carne asada and the now-famous Sonora dog. Today, that small hot dog stand has evolved in a mini-empire, with three Tucson locations of El...  Read More




Poco & Mom's dishes out traditional New Mexican-style plates that are as delicious as they are spicy. You'll find luscious enchiladas, huge chimichangas, mouth-watering machaca, and a variety of savory tacos and burritos, and classic chile...  Read More




The original La Indita Restaurant featuring her unique recipes opened in February of 1983. Some of you may still remember when it was a small hole in the wall located downtown on South Scott Street. Only 16 people at a time could eat there. But...  Read More




Tucson Tamale Company's slogan is "unwrap happiness." Well said. With more than 30 different types of tamales, from meaty and spicy to hearty vegan treats, Tucson Tamale Company is your source for authentic and creative tamales in the Old...  Read More




Inspired by the colorful streets of Tepatitlan, Jalisco in Mexico, Calle Tepa is Tucson's latest and greatest Mexican cafe. In a city full of great Mexican food, Calle Tepa manages to stand out from the pack for its great take on Jalisco street...  Read More




This unassuming eatery is home to some of Tucson's most beloved tacos and burritos. Come here for the carne asada, barbacoa, al pastor and other classic Mexican food staples that . All the meats are grilled to order and tacos come generally...  Read More




Chef/owner Susana Davila creates her own unique spin on Mexican cuisine, featuring techniques and ingredients borrowed from several regions. Poca Cosa began a few blocks away from this location, and the tiny original is still open for breakfast...  Read More




The original El Charro, founded in 1922, is the oldest Mexican restaurant in Tucson; the original owner, Monica Flin, is said to have invented the chimichanga. The restaurant also claims the impressive title of oldest Mexican food restaurant in...  Read More




Salsas made fresh at your table, live mariachis seven nights a week, and some of the best margaritas in town make Guadalajara Grill one of the liveliest Mexican food spots in town. The Guadalajara Grill makes their tortillas fresh daily, as well...  Read More


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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.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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