Essential Phoenix Mexican:10 Great Mexican Food Restaurants in Phoenix

No matter how you cut it, trying to settle on the best Mexican spots in Phoenix is likely to be a controversial endeavor.

For soulful Chihuahua-style Mexican tacos, gorditas and beans, stop by Tacos Chiwas, a darling of the local Phoenix taco scene. 

For hot and cheesy grub that always hits the spot, there's the Carolina's Mexican Food in south-central Phoenix, where the hot flour tortillas are the star of almost every plate. 

When you're in the mood for family-friendly dining, head to south central Phoenix for lunch or dinner at Comedor Guadalajara, a spacious sit-down restaurant with a huge selection of of Mexican regional staples. Fast service and great lunch specials make this a popular destination on this part of town. 

In central Phoenix, be sure to stop by Barrio Cafe, a perennial favorite with Phoenix-area gastronomes. James Beard Award-nominated chef Silvana Salcido Esparza and her team put a modern spin on Mexican regional staples, often with mouth-watering results. Start with the pomegranate-studded guacamole, and of course you'll want to try the Cochinita Pibil, one of the house specialties. The chef's newest endeavor, Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva, offers one of the only Mexican restaurant tasting menus in town. 

This South Phoenix institution has been dishing out some of the best home-style Mexican food for decades. Don't be fooled by the humble exterior and lackluster dining area: the food is hot, tasty, and top-notch. Tacos, burros, flautas,...  Read More

From acclaimed Phoenix chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva is like the smaller yet ultra-sophisticated sister of the original Barrio Cafe on Calle 16 in Central Phoenix. Gran Reserva is an art-filled Mexican restaurant located...  Read More

Los Reyes de la Torta

Mexico City-style tortas have landed in Phoenix, and you'll find them at Los Reyes de la Torta, a casual eatery featuring some of the best Mexican-style sandwiches in town. These award-winning sandwiches feature a variety of quality meats and...  Read More

Rumor has it that some of the best Al Pastor burritos can be found just east of downtown Phoenix at El Fundador Taqueria. The small family-owned restaurant might be labeled as a typical west Phoenix hole-in-the-wall for some, but the kitchen ...  Read More

Comedor Guadalajara

Comedor Guadalajara, situated on a quiet stretch of Central Avenue, has been catering to South Phoenix Mexican food-lovers for more than 40 years. The Sonoran-style menu is straightforward but consistently delicious. Tamales, burros, flautas,...  Read More

Mariscos Playa Hermosa specializes in quality, Sinaloan-style Mexican seafood. Quality ingredients, excellent customer service, and fresh, inventive presentation combine for a memorable and totally authentic dining experience. Specialties...  Read More

There are a lot of places to find good Mexican food in Phoenix, but Ta'carbon is a Mexican grill that stands out with a menu full of mouth-watering grilled meats. You'll find an infinite assortment of tacos, burritos, and plates, including carne...  Read More

La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop - formerly known as La Condesa - is not your run-of-the-mill taco shop. Here you'll find fresh produce sourced from local farms and combined with the unique and traditional flavors of Mexico: bright green...  Read More

Since its debut in the spring of 2016, Tacos Chiwas has become the darling of the local Phoenix Mexican food scene. You can thank the restaurant's tight, focused menu, which specializes in the soulful cooking of the northern Mexican state of...  Read More

Since it opened, folks have been heading to Calle 16 in central Phoenix to sample James Beard Award-nominated chef Silvana Salcido Esparza's personal and creative spin on Mexican regional dishes. Abandoned are bland burritos and tacos in favor...  Read More


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