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The Best Tacos in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 16, 2015

tacos torontoThe best tacos in Toronto boast big flavours on tiny tortillas. Whether you're a fan of authentic Mexican, So-Cal or fusion street foods, there's a taqueria, tequila bar or cantina that's got what you want. Once thought to be a flash-in-the-pan Toronto food trend, these taco joints have staying power.

These are the best tacos in Toronto.

See also: The Best Fish Tacos in Toronto.

Seven Lives

Seven Lives

This taqueria in Kensington Market deals in fish and seafood tacos done SoCal or Tijuana-style. Menu favourites include the Gobernador featuring smoked marlin and shrimp, and a spice-encrusted, blackened mahi mahi taco. More »

La Carnita

La Carnita

Three locations offer a lineup of saucy, overloaded, boldly flavoured tacos like the ancho braised beef cheek loaded with slaw, crispy shallots and gauc, and the pollo frito featuring fried chicken and mole finished with salsa fresca, hot sauce and shredded cabbage. More »

Grand Electric

Grand Electric

The loud and bustling taco and cocktail bar in Parkdale slings an excellent assortment of tacos including tortillas topped with pork belly, cochinita pibil, chorizo with queso, and more. A word to the wise when ordering the spicy arbol chicken - they're not kidding around when they say spicy. More »

Wilbur Mexicana

Wilbur Mexicana

The best feature at this casual taco spot on King West is easily the DIY hot sauce bar and ample selection of salsa, which serves to accentuate a truly awesome assortment of tacos. Go classic with the carne asada dressed with pico de gallo, crispy onions and queso fundido, or opt for an inventive riff like the bulgogi taco loaded with sriracha crema, pear and sesame seeds. More »

Playa Cabana Hacienda

Playa Cabana Hacienda

The Playa Cabana brand of tacos can be found at six locations and counting. At the Hacienda location on Dupont try the pulpo loaded with a medley of grilled octopus, Spanish chorizo and charred corn, or get fancy with the jerk lobster finished with celery slaw. More »

Tacos El Asador

Tacos El Asador

This well worn Koreatown taqueria is an OG in Toronto's taco scene. Expect to find a stellar selection of Central American street foods including soft and crispy tacos loaded with traditional preparations of chicken, beef, pork, or chorizo. More »

Maizal

Maizal

Expect exceptionally fresh taco shells at this Mexican eatery in Liberty Village where they make corn tortillas from scratch starting with grinding the maize themselves. The Cecina taco is among the many menu standouts, this one topped with salted steak, black beans, caramelized onions, and crema. More »

Mad Mexican

Mad Mexican

The massive taco house and Mexican market in Baby Point slings seven different types of tacos including the Yucatecan pollo pibil featuring slow roasted achiote chicken with red encurtida onions, plus a pretty mean veg option called the tinga con papa topped with roasted potatoes, chipotle braised onions and sour cream, More »

Xola

Xola

The tiny taqueria on Queen East is home to a menu of traditional Mexican offerings including standouts like the barbacoa taco. Served in trios, these mini tortillas boast boldly spiced braised lamb paired with potatoes and topped with avocado. More »

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