This summer, Shelby Moore, Patricia Escarcega, and Felicia Campbell took on the delicious task of finding the best tacos, taquerías, and taco-makers in metro Phoenix. The results highlight the diversity and wizardry of the taco options in our parts. Here are 50, in no particular order.
2722 East McDowell Road
You can get a small taste of Pueblan-style Mexican cooking here in Phoenix with a visit to Taquería Don Beto. Chef-owner Edilberto “Don Beto” Cabrera, a Puebla City native, is a former textile worker turned taquero. On any given day, you’ll spot him slicing al pastor meat off the trompo and calling out orders from the kitchen.
A highlight is the alambre, grilled beef, bacon, peppers, and onions, lovingly glued together with melted cheese, served with a small stack of corn tortillas for your taco-making pleasure. P.E.
306 West Yavapai Street
You won’t come to Kiss Pollos for carne asada, al pastor, or anything resembling a combo platter. The kitchen ascribes to the philosophy of doing one thing, but doing it very well. What Kiss Pollos does well is the chopped chicken taco, a Sinaloa-California invention that the restaurant offers in several configurations.
Try the Kiss Taco, made with beautifully seasoned, flame-broiled chicken that’s been chopped to smithereens, topped with melted cheese, and served on a couple of corn tortillas. It’s simple, homespun, and very easy on the wallet. P.E.
48. Tacos Tijuana
6710 West Thunderbird Road, Peoria
The word is out about Tacos Tijuana’s fiery orange al pastor. Thin, crisp, char-roasted slices of pork marinated for over a day in an adobo chile marinade are carved off a vertical…
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