Say goodbye to mom’s ground beef taco nights and say hello to sipping on hibiscus margaritas
Many of us grew up with a regular “taco night” in our weekly or monthly dinner rotations. Mom would buy some big flour tortillas, flavor ground beef with a brightly colored store bought package, and top it off with shredded lettuce, uncooked onions, a Mexican cheese blend, and maybe guacamole, if you were lucky. Sound familiar?
Maybe these ground beef taco nights were enough to turn you off to tacos forever, but hopefully you’ve since spread your taco wings and explored the many offerings of authentic tacos the world has the offer. Trade your burrito-sized flour tortilla for a corn tortilla that can fit in one hand, top it with perfectly seasoned meat, some freshly made salsa, a bit of cilantro, colorfully pickled veggies, and a house-made crema. Trust us, you’ll never go back to mom’s tacos.
In the midst of the many Americanized taco restaurants, it can sometimes be hard to find tacos that will satisfy your craving for something authentic and interesting. However, you’ll likely be surprised that your very own city has a smattering of authentic taco restaurants just waiting to be explored. And Colorado Springs is no exception—Check out our guide to the best tacos in Colorado Springs!
Dos Santos Taqueria de Mexico
70 East Moreno Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Dos Santos is the new kid on the block here in Colorado Springs, but it’s quickly gaining traction. The Denver-based spot took its place 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. Check out Dos Santos’ menu here.
2825 Dublin Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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. Check out PigLatin’s menu here.
Happy Belly Tacos
125 North Spruce Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Happy Belly Tacos believes “that tacos are perfect just the way they are, no frills and no extraneous ingredients. Simple, refined, time tested recipes, and Raquelitas tortillas.” Their dishes are made with high quality ingredients and prepared fresh by hand, giving their tacos a truly authentic Mexican/New Mexican taste. Chef Mark Henry is a multiple Food Network Winner and also runs Happy Belly’s sister restaurant, Rooster’s House of Ramen, one of the stops on The Original Colorado Springs Food Tour! Check out Happy Belly Tacos’ menu here!
El Taco Rey
330 East Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
“Mexican food fit for a king,” their website boasts. And it seems to live up to its name. The little taco shop is nestled inconspicuously in an up-and-coming block in Downtown, Colorado Springs. As new apartment buildings seem to be popping up all around it, El Taco Rey seems to be standing its ground and living up to its royal claims. The lunch menu beckons people in and a line quickly starts forming before noon and while you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, they are widely known for the avocado pork burrito. Check out El Taco Rey’s menu here.
La’au’s Taco Shop
830 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
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. If you’re looking for a fresh bite to eat, La’au’s is the place to go! Check out La’au’s menu here.
El Poblano Mobil
230 North Chelton Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
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? Check out El Poblano’s Facebook page here.
T-Byrd’s Tacos & Tequila
26 East Kiowa Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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? Check out T-Byrd’s menu here.
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