Wrapped in desert landscapes and a big, blue sky painted across the horizon, what more could you ask for from the Land of Enchantment? Well, tacos, of course. It is no secret that New Mexico has some of the most authentic and delicious Mexican food in the United States, so we weren’t surprised when we discovered just how tasty their tacos are.
We have selected from the crème de la crème of taco restaurants and come up with our picks for the best tacos in the great state of New Mexico.
1. El Paisa in Albuquerque: Carne Asada Tacos
These fire-kissed beef tacos will make your mouth salivate with satisfaction and keep your wallet full to the brim with bills.
El Paisa is well-known by locals for having the best carne asada tacos in the state, so stop buy and get your fill of these charbroiled, meaty tacos.
2. El Chile Toreado in Santa Fe: Carnitas Tacos
El Chile Toreado is a food struck specializing in some of the best carnitas in the States.
Their standing-room-only location does not deter patrons from waiting in line just to have their carnitas tacos-fix.
Moist and tender, these pork tacos are wrapped in a homemade, griddle-fried tortilla, and topped with fresh salsa.
3. La Herradura in Artesia: Barbacoa Tacos
La Herradura is one of those too-good-to-be-true hole-in-the-walls serving-up some of the best barbacoa tacos in the United States.
Creamy-meaty-goodness in each bite and finished with all the necessary fixings, be sure to top everything you eat with some of their scrumptious salsa.
4. Casa Taco in Albuquerque: Brisket Tacos
Casa Taco toasts their tortillas on the griddle giving them that signature crunch that locals crave. Everything on their menu is homemade, so it can be hard to pick which taco you should eat.
We suggest the smoky brisket tacos, meaty, slow-cooked brisket smothered in green chile and melted cheese, you won’t be disappointed.
5. El Parasol in Santa Fe: Shredded Beef Tacos
El Parasol is known around New Mexico for their crispy-fried taco shells, which hold some of the most flavorful shredded beef you’ll ever taste.
Stop by for a delicious lunch or buy tacos by the dozen to-go, because you’ll need a snack for later.
6. La Patrona in Carlsbad: Tripe Tacos
Perfectly cooked tripe finished with fresh onions, salsa, cilantro, and the essential, lime juice, are served pippin’ hot at La Patrona.
This fire-y food truck is the must-stop place for the some of the best tacos in the whole country.
7. Taqueria Mexico in Albuquerque: Lengua Tacos
This family owned and operated restaurant specializes in authentic Mexican food, even their chips and salsa are something to write home about.
But Taqueria Mexico will ruin you for lengua tacos, theirs are so tender and flavorful others just can’t compete.
8. Rizo’s Mexican Restaurant in Alamogordo: Tacos de Buche
When you find yourself in Alamogordo, you must try the tacos de buche or pork stomach tacos from Rizo’s Mexican Restaurant.
This restaurant makes the best street tacos outside of Mexico, just be careful with their salsa, because it is extremely authentic and it will catch your mouth on fire—literally.