If you don't feel like dressing to the nines for dinner tonight, a taqueria might be the right place for you! Luckily, Chicago is full of taco spots to satisfy your craving. You would be hard pressed to find a city block without one. The only question, then, is which one do you choose?
Fear not! AptAmigo has compiled a list of 5 of the best taco places in Chicago, just for you! From Little Village to Portage Park, there's something here for everyone, no matter where you are or what kind of tacos you're in the mood for.
Taqueria Los Barrilitos
3518 W 25th Street
A Little Village hole-in-the-wall, this taqueria is known for its al pastor, a spicy-sweet, spit-grilled pork that originated in Central Mexico. They’re topped with the traditional onion and cilantro mixture, with the addition of diced pineapple for a little extra sweetness if you're into that sort of thing. With each bite, you'll question how something so good could cost less than $2, putting this place in competition for the title of best taqueria in Chicago.
El Taconazo Restaurant
4124 W North Avenue
This has been my go-to taco place for almost two years. I first tried them on a hungover Saturday morning in January of 2015, and I've been hooked ever since. This place has a little bit of everything, but their carne asada and langua (tongue) are especially notable. Their carne asada is juicy, flavorful and charred to perfection, and, while lengua is a lesser-known, lesser-loved taco meat, the lengua at El Taconazo will make you wonder why you didn't try it sooner.
Cochinita Taco Co.
3938 N Central Avenue
If you tend to keep your Chicago visits to the Loop or other bustling neighborhoods like Wicker Park, visiting this restaurant might seem like a bit of a trek. You might say, “why go all the way to Portage Park when I could grab a taco MUCH closer to me?” I'll tell you why: cochinita pibil, a traditional Yucatán dish from the Mayans. It's not easy to come by, so it's worth the journey. What's more, if you like pork belly, this is the taco for you.
Carnitas Don Pedro
1113 W 18th Street
If you've ever had Chipotle, you'll know that carnitas is shredded pork, but if you're looking to up your carnitas game, head over to Carnitas Don Pedro. A moderately-sized, cash-only taqueria, there is almost always a line on the weekends, and for good reason: their carnitas are to die for. Don't believe Chipotle can be topped? Try this taqueria before you make that decision.
1132 N Ashland Avenue
We couldn't complete this list without including a mouthwatering chicken taco. If you've got chicken on your mind, visit La Pasadita. One of the most popular taco spots in the city, this place does tacos the way they're meant to be: simply and deliciously. Plus, it's just a Blue Line ride away from the Loop. Also known for its carne asada, this is hands down one of the best taquerias in Chicago. I promise you won't want to miss out on this one.