If you love Mexican Restaurants, then Tucson is the place for you. Being so close to Sonora Mexico, we are privileged with a rich cultural influence in not only cuisine, but tradition, art, and a myriad of other aspects.
There are hundreds of Mexican restaurants in Tucson, but here are five we think deserve special mention.
Located close to Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Chaco's is the ultimate "hole in the wall." Delicious and authentic Mexican food, inviting atmosphere, and friendly service make this our top pick. Be prepared to wait if you visit during the weekday lunch hour as the dining room is filled with service men and women and other working professionals who know good food. The owner Brenda will make you feel like one of the family and will serve up delicious family recipes such as Old Style Tacos and tasty fajitas. Chaco's is open early for breakfast and closes after lunch.
Location: 2027 S. Craycroft Rd., Tucson
Hours: Mon - Sat 6:00am - 2:00pm
Average Entree Price: $5.99-$9.25
La Encantada is the home of several upscale eateries, including Blanco, a Fox restaurant. If you're looking for Mexican cuisine with a fresh and modern twist, you're sure to find it here. The atmosphere is hip and upbeat with an industrial and minimalist feel. This may not be the best choice for a quiet and intimate dinner, but perfect for happy hour or a larger dinner party.
Location: 905 East Skyline Dr., Tucson
Hours: Sun - Thu 11:00am - 10:00pm; Fri - Sat 11:00am - 11:00pm
Average Entree Price: $10-$18
El Indio offers traditional dishes from enchiladas to huevos rancheros in a bustling dining room. While you wait for quick service, munch on chips and homemade salsa. Sauces are rich and portions are large, so be sure to bring your appetite.
Location: 3355 S 6th Ave., Tucson
Hours: Wed - Mon 7:00am - 10:30pm
Average Entree Price: $7.25-$8.95
A unique twist on the typical Mexican cuisine, El Guero Canelo features a walk-up counter, simple menu, and an open seating dining room. The specialties are Mexican Hot Dogs and Carne Asada, made to order. You haven't experienced the southwest until you've had one of these authentic hot dogs. Sodas in glass bottles and the open salsa bar complete the no-nonsense food experience.
Location: 5 location throughout Tucson
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00am - 10:00pm; Sat-Sun 9:00am - 11:00pm
Average Entree Price: $2.39 for sonoran hot dogs; $2.00+ for burros and tacos
Guadalajara Fiesta Grill
The novelty of Guadalajara Fiesta Grill is the salsa made to your liking right at your table. Watch the pros as they whip up each custom creation with a "molacajete" and fresh ingredients. Good food and live mariachis 7 nights a week creates an all around authentic setting. Enjoy a broad menu that includes vegetarian and seafood selections.
Location: 750 N Kolb Rd, Tucson
Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00am - 10:00pm
Average Entree Price: $9.99-$14.99
What is YOUR favorite Mexican restaurant in Tucson?