Though far from the Mexican border, Denver thankfully doesn’t lack authentic Mexican food. Here is your guide to the best taquerias, hole-in-the-wall Mexican joints, and authentic Mexican food in the Denver area.
1. El Gordo Taqueria
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Inside of a miniature house, El Gordo Taqueria provides a simple, but delicious menu that includes tacos, tortas, burritos, quesadillas, and gorditas. Famous for their meat (carne asada and al pastor) that is marinated and seasoned to perfection, El Gordo Taqueria is well worth the visit every time.
2. La Calle Taqueria y Carnitas
Another small establishment, La Calle Taqueria y Carnitas is another favorite of Denver locals. Translating to “street tacos,” La Calle Taqueria y Carnitas specializes in tacos and barbacoa (typically beef, goat, and lamb meat that is seasoned with dried chilies and spices then slowly cooked until perfectly tender).
3. Taqueria La Familia
Taqueria La Familia is your classic hole-in-the-wall, hidden gem. Located in a small brick building in the Highlands area, Taqueria La Familia holds authentic family recipes for all of the Mexican classics.
4. La Abeja
La Abeja is another hole-in-the-wall restaurant that has a full menu of traditional plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. La Abeja is also famous for its polvorones and traditional Mexican cookies and sweets.
5. Los Carboncitos
With three locations throughout Denver, Los Carboncitos has a vast drink and food menus. If you’re looking for a place with great beers, cocktails, and Mexican food to enjoy with loved ones, Los Carboncitos is your place!
6. Chakas Mexican Restaurant
Chakas Mexican Restaurant holds a large menu that offers drinks, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. With a daily happy hour from 3-6 pm, it’s known for delicious margaritas and a full marisco (seafood) menu.
7. La Loma
This hilltop restaurant with a view of downtown Denver is located inside of an old historic building. La Loma, a true staple of Broadway Street, is famous for its green chili, signature margaritas, and homemade tortillas.
Cheers to all this authentic Mexican food in Denver! ¡Salud!
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