Memphis is home to some really tasty and authentic Mexican food, including tacos. Check out these suggestions below from City Tasting Tours owner, Cristina McCarter, and let us know what you would add to the list.
Maciel’s Tacos and Tortas: Downtown (45 S Main.) or University Area (525 S Highland St.)
Manuel the owner is so nice and friendly no matter how busy it is. A few of my favorites are the chicken tortilla soup, the garlic shrimp tacos, lettuce wrapped tacos, the steak salad, quest dip, the steak tacos and the made to order fresh as the Prince of BelAir guacamole!! He does chunks of guac vs creamy. Go try it and during lunch 12-1:30 the line is out the door. Anytime before or after and you should be okay.
Las Delicias – 4002 Park Ave
This is the place most of us began our authentic taco journey. Las Delicias is the Mama of Mexican in Memphis. This location is consistent and they push that food out like nobody’s business! This place can do no wrong in my eyes. Make sure you grab a bag of their housemade chips to take home.
Elena’s Taco Shop – 6105 Summer Ave.
I know we are here for tacos, but please order the Carne De Asada Fries too. Also does any other restaurant offer 8 sauces to try besides Elena’s? They literally have a salsa bar, so I’m going to say nope.
Antojitos Mexicanos Celaya – 6075 Winchester Rd.
This place is MC Hammer 2 Legit to Quit. Yelpers know a little something about finding those hidden gems..They also know good tacos because that’s exactly how I found out about this place. It smelled so fresh I jumped right in so no pictures but you gotta check it out.
La Guadalupana – 4818 Summer Ave.
Two words people: SALSA VERDE… Solid tacos in a prime location of tacos and more tacos!! The good thing about Summer is if you miss where you wanted to go just keep driving and you’ll find another solid Mexican restaurant.
Tacos Los Jarochos – 4898 Summer Ave
Once you start venturing out to taco trucks, you may never go back. Not only can you find tacos here, you can also stock up on paletas and more for dessert.
Emilio’s Grocery – 2757 Getwell Rd.
It’s a celebration anytime you find good food at the strip mall grocery store. These tacos have tons of flavor and taco enthusiasts can appreciate that.
El Burrito Express – 4038 Jackson Ave.
You can’t help but spot this well lit food truck on Jackson. If you ever decide to give them a go I’d say just go ahead and splurge. They’re only $1!
Taqueria Express – 2841 S Perkins Rd
Order at least 4 because they are small. Street tacos are the best and I dare you to try their tender lengua tacos. Ball out on those $1 tacos!! It’s the best way to experience authentic tacos without breaking your wallet. You may think you are into chorizo and you may be more of an al pastor kinda person.
Taqueria La Guadalupana – 5848 Winchester Rd.
Winchester Rd was blessed with authentic Mexican fare. Taqueria La Guadalupana has to be one of the biggest Mexican restaurants in Memphis! They serve margaritas and generous taco portions. You can never go wrong with a steak taco.
What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!
Cristina McCarter is a native Memphian who owns the food tasting tour company, City Tasting Tours, and loves bringing people together through food.