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We’ve put together a list of our favorite tacos throughout Colorado Springs!

With tacos as good as these, you won’t want to wait until Taco Tuesday!

Here at Rocky Mountain Food Tours, we are always on the hunt for a good taco. We make it our mission to discover some of the best food, especially in downtown Colorado Springs where we lead walking food tours weekly.

We have put together a list of nine of our favorite places to spend Taco Tuesday (or any day!) not just in downtown but throughout Colorado Springs. This list represents diversity in ambiance, flavors, and approaches to the almighty taco, a food we all know and love.

Check out our guide to the best tacos in Colorado Springs!

 

Zocalo

418 South Tejon St. Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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Recently opened in late 2022, Zocalo (Spanish for town square) has already been making waves in the city’s taco culture. Chef and owner Sergio De Los Santos is award-winning and has appeared on the Cooking Channel and Food Network. Most recently, the restaurant placed in the top 30 places to dine in the city! Not only is their food fantastic, but the ambiance can’t be beat with a modern chill vibe and swings in the windows.

Insider’s Tip: This restaurant is featured on The Original Colorado Springs Food Tour!

 

Dos Santos 

70 East Moreno Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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Photo by Rocky Mountain Food Tours | Dos Santos Colorado Springs

After opening their first location in Denver, Dos Santos opened in downtown Colorado Springs on South Tejon in the fall of 2018. The ambiance of Dos Santos is New York City meets the beaches of Tulum, with brick walls and low lighting paired with colorful accents and aged wood tables. While their tacos appear far from simple — presented on wood platters and topped with what seem like ornate sauces and a variety of pickled veggies — when stripped down, they are true to the Mexican street taco basics: A corn tortilla, some meat, and some traditional toppings. Their margaritas won’t disappoint either. You’ll find traditional margaritas made with fresh-squeezed lime juice and agave, along with some fun flavors like hibiscus and basil limeade.

Insider Tip: Try also their sister restaurant, Dos Dos

 

PigLatin Cocina

2825 Dublin Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Your Guide to Authentic Tacos in Colorado Springs
Photo Courtesy of PigLatin Cocina

They may not boast authentic Mexican cuisine, but PigLatin Cocina’s Latin-American fusion menu will be sure to satisfy your taco cravings. Described as a “Latin American menu with a plot twist.” PigLatin elaborates, “think quesadilla meets kimchi, nachos with a Caribbean flair, and even a PigLatin spin on the classic Old Fashioned.” They are best known for their Island Taco — Pineapple braised pork, jalapeño-habanero cilantro cream, cabbage, Cotija cheese, lime, crunchy blue tortilla. They got their start as a food truck and have since expanded to a centrally located brick and mortar location on Union and Dublin.

 

La’au’s Taco Shop

830 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903

Your Guide to Authentic Tacos in Colorado Springs
Photo Courtesy of La’au’s Taco Shop | Facebook Page

This Hawaiian-inspired shop is a local favorite in Downtown, Colorado Springs. Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Colorado College campus and nestled right in the middle of downtown, La’au’s is always bustling with students grabbing a bite to eat and friends meeting up for one of the best happy hours in town. They make their own tortillas, fresh guacamole daily, and use island inspired flavors like roasted pineapples, mango, papaya, and fresh Mahi-Mahi.

 

El Rey Del Taco #2

3878 Maizeland Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80909

El Taco Del Rey #2 Colorado Springs
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El Rey Del Taco #2 is a local fan favorite and is known for having authentic Mexican cuisine including hard-to-find dishes like Mojarra Frita, Menudo, and nopales. One of the main attractions at this restaurant is their salsa bar where you can curate your own spicy creation. Head in for lunch, dinner, or take out. Their food is sure to satisfy your Mexican food cravings!

 

Sonora’s Prime Carniceria & Taco Shop

7702 Barnes Rd. Colorado Springs, CO 80922

Sonora's Prime Carniceria & Taco Shop Colorado Springs
Photo Courtesy of Sonora’s Prime Carniceria & Taco Shop | Facebook Page

At Sonora’s Prime Carniceria & Taco Shop, there is so much to discover! This incredible grocery store not only has an amazing meat selection and deli, it also has a full taco shop along with freshly baked Mexican pastries and desserts. Come to do some shopping and stay a while longer for some amazing tacos and an iced beverage on their outdoor patio!

 

El Poblano Mobil

230 North Chelton Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Your Guide to Authentic Tacos in Colorado Springs
Photo Courtesy of El Poblano Mobil

El Poblano Mobil might be the most unique pick on our list. As the name might suggest, these tacos are served from a bus. That’s right! Not a food truck, but a literal school bus. El Poblano can be summed up in three words: affordable, authentic, and adventurous. Not only will you find the expected, but you’ll also have some more interesting options — think cow tongue and pig stomach. There are no bells and whistles in terms of presentations, but hey, isn’t that how you know they are serving up the real deal?

 

T-Byrd’s Tacos & Tequila

26 East Kiowa Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Your Guide to Authentic Tacos in Colorado Springs
Photo Courtesy of T-Byrd’s Tacos & Tequila | Facebook Page

T-Byrd’s sits on Kiowa Street near the main Tejon strip in Downtown, Colorado Springs. A young crowd frequents their dimly lit restaurant, which recalls a fitting Day of the Dead vibe. Their spin on traditional Mexican fare comes in the form of tacos topped with fried avocado, habanero salsa, and Sriracha ranch chicken and their Sangria Swirl Margarita is perfect for a summer evening on their outside patio. Visit T-Byrd’s for their late night happy hour from 10:00-11:00 PM, because it’s always 5:00 o’clock somewhere, right?

 

Milagros Cocina Mexicana

7455 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO, United States, Colorado

Milagros Cocina Mexicana Colorado Springs
Photo Courtesy of Milagros Cocina Mexicana | Facebook Page

This upscale restaurant should be reserved for a special night-on-the-town with friends or loved ones. Milagros Cocina Mexicana combines the regional and coastal flavors of Mexico with contemporary plating and techniques. They hand-make all of their tortillas, offer four types of mole (including pink, green, red, and traditional), and also boast the largest collection of tequila and mezcal. Their tacos are sublime but even better when paired with one of their signature cocktails. Try the La Llorona – jalapeno and serrano pepper infused tequila, lime, simple, passionfruit, and tajin.

 

 

Whether you’re already a taco connoisseur or you’re ready to get adventurous for the first time, Colorado Springs has a taco shop for you to explore!

Cheers, Your Rocky Mountain Food Tours Team

(So, what’s a food tour, anyway…?)

 

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