Narrowing down the best tacos in Austin is no small feat. The city is rich with tortillas, folded and filled with tender meats, savory beans, freshly grilled vegetables and melted cheese. There’s truly a taco for every taste and—best of all—they can be consumed any time of day or night, whether accompanied by a caffeinated beverage from one of the best coffee shops in Austin, a stiff drink from one of the best bars in Austin or as a quick snack before heading to the best venues for live music in Austin. With a focus on independent, family-owned trucks and restaurants, we present our guide to the best tacos in Austin right now.
The 15 best tacos in Austin
From folded tortillas filled with meat, cheese and beans to vegetarian options, here are the best tacos in Austin
Best tacos in Austin
Migas can vary drastically depending on several important factors (namely, the types of tortilla strips used, the amount of cheese and the assembly process). Veracruz All Natural does it right, starting with handmade corn tortillas and crunchy chips, which are both griddled on the flat top. Next: chopped tomato, onion, jalapeño and cilantro are sauteed with the chips and joined by an egg. The entire scramble is topped with plenty of thinly grated white cheese, which melts upon contact and holds the entire tasty package together. And, in an essential finishing touch, each migas taco comes with a generous slice of creamy avocado. The salsa trio at Veracruz is also a thing of beauty: choose from an atomic habanero, a creamy salsa verde and a hearty roasted tomato filled with more chunks of fresh avocado. If you're looking for a more formal way to enjoy your migas, Veracruz recently opened up a brick-and-mortar off Burnet.
This South Austin taco truck’s name explains it all: Tex and Mex come together deliciously, thanks to a diptych style menu with two variations of each protein. (For example, the pulled chicken sandwich gets slaw, while the pulled pollo taco comes with guacamole and tomatillo habanero salsa.) But the smoked brisket taco harnesses the collective power of both Tex and Mex for a taste you’re unlikely to find anywhere outside the state. Brisket is slow-smoked for fifteen hours, then presented on a handmade flour tortilla, topped with a dollop of sea salt and lime guacamole and a dash of spicy tomato-serrano salsa.