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The Best Tacos in Toronto

The Best Tacos in Toronto

The Best Tacos in Toronto

The best tacos in Toronto, whether on flour or corn tortillas, brimming with slowly stewed birria, spit-roasted al pastor or Baja-style battered fish tacos guarantee to appease all cravings for Mexico's favourite street food.

With several spots scattered across the city, from full-scale Mexican restaurants to temporary pop-ups and pint-sized taco stalls, no matter where you're ordering from, the best Toronto tacos will have you coming back for more.

Well-seasoned protein, homemade tortillas and nuanced and spicy salsas are all integral components when it comes to finding Toronto's best taco. The list is long, but with so many places, it becomes hard to narrow down. Whether you are a steadfast believer in the traditional and authentic or opt for a modern take, there is a taco to appease all tastes.

Below is a list of the best tacos in Toronto.

1692B Jane St

Comal y Canela

Comal y Canela

This home-style spot for authentic Mexican eats, specifically specializing in slow-cooked stews like birria, is a favourite destination for birria tacos with consommé; you'll also find gobernador tacos with shrimp and a vegetarian tinga taco.

3220 Yonge St

Maiz - Yonge

Maiz - Yonge

This Latin American restaurant with a location near Yonge and Lawrence and one in the Junction offers a menu of arepas, burritos, bowls, nachos, churros and tacos. You'll find chorizo, carnitas, tinga, vegan tacos, cod and shredded beef for tacos.

145 Lauder Ave

Atomic 10

Atomic 10

This restaurant in St. Clair West opened back in the spring of 2020 and offers a menu of appetizers like cassava fries and tostones, tortas, large plates and of course, tacos. You'll find more traditional options like carnitas and asada on the menu, in addition to more creative options like the Pad Thai taco or the Tipsy Chick, with smoked adobo pepper marinates, pico de gallo, pickled carrots and chipotle.

374 Bathurst St

Good Hombres

Good Hombres

This tortilla wholesaler and taqueria from the team behind Campechano offers carnitas, chipotle chicken, fish tacos and mushroom. Given the restrictions on dine-in, the shop has adapted its takeout menu to better suit eating at home. Tacos come ready to assemble, with tortillas, protein and accompaniments packaged separately.

689 Bloor St W

Tacos El Asador

Tacos El Asador

This Latin American institution in Koreatown is a family-run affair that offers Mexican and Salvadoran dishes. The menu is rather expansive, but in terms of tacos, you'll find soft and crispy tacos. There is beef tongue, beef, chicken, pork, chorizo, cochinita, pastor, goat birria, carnitas, fish, shrimp and vegetarian.

18 Tank House Lane

El Catrin

El Catrin

This airy and vibrant Mexican restaurant in Toronto's distillery district has been a mainstay for delicious tacos and patio-side margaritas. Find Baja, pastor, vegetarian and chicken adobo tacos on the menu.

106 John St

La Carnita - John

La Carnita - John

With several locations across the city and one in Mississauga, La Carnita's regular menu offers a selection of tacos, but with the closure of dine-in restaurants, they have pivoted to a more takeout-friendly format, LXCO by La Carnita. On the menu, you'll find taco kits, burritos and bowls.

384 Bloor St W

El Nahual

El Nahual

This taco joint on Bloor Street offers a varied menu of tacos like barbacoa, carnitas, fried fish and shrimp, as well as a selection of burritos and quesadillas. They also offer larger taco kits for pre-order, which come ready-to-assemble and include options like chicken mole, carnitas, barbacoa, Yucatan chicken and a vegetarian option.

214 Augusta Ave

Birria Catrina

Birria Catrina

Birria Catrina is one of the few places in Toronto solely dedicated to birria, a slowly-stewed dish traditionally made from mutton but can also be made with beef or goat. On the menu at this Kensington Market taqueria, you'll find beef birria served in tacos, consomé, gringa, quesadilla or their specialty, a pizadilla, birria with cheese mounted between two large flour tortillas and topped with cilantro and onions.

147 Spadina Avenue

Birria Balam

Birria Balam

The newest taco addition to Toronto, this pop-up but soon to be slated permanent outpost, capitalizes on the birria craze. Run by chefs Julio Guajardo, Kate Chomyshyn and in partnership with celebrity chef Matty Matheson, we recommend you get in your weekly pre-orders as weekend pickup slots are limited! On the menu, you'll find quesa birria, consisting of a crispy quesadilla with birria, or the tacos suave, consisting of birria in soft tortillas. All are served with cilantro, lime, salsa and consomé.

69 Kensington Ave

Seven Lives

Seven Lives

Constantly bustling with people eagerly awaiting their turn to order, Seven Lives has become an institution in the city for what most claim to be the best fish taco in the city. Favourites are the Baja Fish with cabbage, Baja sauce and pico de gallo or the Gobernador with smoked blue marlin, grilled shrimp, cheese, crema and pickled onions.

1533 Queen St W

Tacos Gus - Parkdale

Tacos Gus - Parkdale

This taqueria now has three locations in the city, Kensington Market, Gladstone Avenue and Parkdale. Co-owned by cousins Emilio Morales and Augustine Morales, Tacos Gus brings authentic tacos to Toronto. You'll find asada, barbacoa, pollo, pastor, chilorio, pescado and more on the menu. Available as a taco, quesadilla, burrito or torta, there is something for everyone on the menu. A must order is the chilaca taco, which consists of a flour tortilla stuffed with banana pepper, cheese and your choice of protein.

The Best Tacos in Toronto

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The Best Tacos in Toronto

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The best tacos in Toronto, whether on flour or corn tortillas, brimming with slowly stewed birria, spit-roasted al pastor or Baja-style battered fish tacos guarantee to appease all cravings for Mexico's favourite street food.

With several spots scattered across the city, from full-scale Mexican restaurants to temporary pop-ups and pint-sized taco stalls, no matter where you're ordering from, the best Toronto tacos will have you coming back for more.

Well-seasoned protein, homemade tortillas and nuanced and spicy salsas are all integral components when it comes to finding Toronto's best taco. The list is long, but with so many places, it becomes hard to narrow down. Whether you are a steadfast believer in the traditional and authentic or opt for a modern take, there is a taco to appease all tastes.

Below is a list of the best tacos in Toronto.

145 Lauder Ave

Atomic 10

Atomic 10

This restaurant in St. Clair West opened back in the spring of 2020 and offers a menu of appetizers like cassava fries and tostones, tortas, large plates and of course, tacos. You'll find more traditional options like carnitas and asada on the menu, in addition to more creative options like the Pad Thai taco or the Tipsy Chick, with smoked adobo pepper marinates, pico de gallo, pickled carrots and chipotle.

374 Bathurst St

Good Hombres

Good Hombres

This tortilla wholesaler and taqueria from the team behind Campechano offers carnitas, chipotle chicken, fish tacos and mushroom. Given the restrictions on dine-in, the shop has adapted its takeout menu to better suit eating at home. Tacos come ready to assemble, with tortillas, protein and accompaniments packaged separately.

689 Bloor St W

Tacos El Asador

Tacos El Asador

This Latin American institution in Koreatown is a family-run affair that offers Mexican and Salvadoran dishes. The menu is rather expansive, but in terms of tacos, you'll find soft and crispy tacos. There is beef tongue, beef, chicken, pork, chorizo, cochinita, pastor, goat birria, carnitas, fish, shrimp and vegetarian.

384 Bloor St W

El Nahual

El Nahual

This taco joint on Bloor Street offers a varied menu of tacos like barbacoa, carnitas, fried fish and shrimp, as well as a selection of burritos and quesadillas. They also offer larger taco kits for pre-order, which come ready-to-assemble and include options like chicken mole, carnitas, barbacoa, Yucatan chicken and a vegetarian option.

214 Augusta Ave

Birria Catrina

Birria Catrina

Birria Catrina is one of the few places in Toronto solely dedicated to birria, a slowly-stewed dish traditionally made from mutton but can also be made with beef or goat. On the menu at this Kensington Market taqueria, you'll find beef birria served in tacos, consomé, gringa, quesadilla or their specialty, a pizadilla, birria with cheese mounted between two large flour tortillas and topped with cilantro and onions.

147 Spadina Avenue

Birria Balam

Birria Balam

The newest taco addition to Toronto, this pop-up but soon to be slated permanent outpost, capitalizes on the birria craze. Run by chefs Julio Guajardo, Kate Chomyshyn and in partnership with celebrity chef Matty Matheson, we recommend you get in your weekly pre-orders as weekend pickup slots are limited! On the menu, you'll find quesa birria, consisting of a crispy quesadilla with birria, or the tacos suave, consisting of birria in soft tortillas. All are served with cilantro, lime, salsa and consomé.

69 Kensington Ave

Seven Lives

Seven Lives

Constantly bustling with people eagerly awaiting their turn to order, Seven Lives has become an institution in the city for what most claim to be the best fish taco in the city. Favourites are the Baja Fish with cabbage, Baja sauce and pico de gallo or the Gobernador with smoked blue marlin, grilled shrimp, cheese, crema and pickled onions.

1533 Queen St W

Tacos Gus - Parkdale

Tacos Gus - Parkdale

This taqueria now has three locations in the city, Kensington Market, Gladstone Avenue and Parkdale. Co-owned by cousins Emilio Morales and Augustine Morales, Tacos Gus brings authentic tacos to Toronto. You'll find asada, barbacoa, pollo, pastor, chilorio, pescado and more on the menu. Available as a taco, quesadilla, burrito or torta, there is something for everyone on the menu. A must order is the chilaca taco, which consists of a flour tortilla stuffed with banana pepper, cheese and your choice of protein.