You heard it from us, the Mexican food scene in Denver is underrated. These restaurants offer some of the best Mexican and Tex-Mex food Denver has to offer, along with a fun, upbeat atmospheres and cocktails that are just as delicious as the food.
7610 Conifer Rd, Denver, CO 80221
If you’re searching for some of the best Mexican food Denver offers, look no further than Las Delicias North. This laidback eatery has a relaxed atmosphere and serves Mexican-style steak and eggs with shredded potatoes, carnitas, fried tortilla bowls filled with meat, guacamole, and cheese, and an impressive bar that offers craft margaritas and ice-cold Coronas.
2. La Loma
1801 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202
According to Zagat, La Loma is definitely in the running for the best green chile in Denver. The restaurant also serves beef brisket enchiladas and delicious fish tacos. You can also try the Carne guisada or the decadent cantina burritos when you want a meal that is sure to fill you up. If you want a sweet treat after dinner, don’t forget to order the fried ice cream. This iconic spot has been serving up Tex-Mex and Mexican goodness for over 30 years.
1400 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
Tamayo is one of the best restaurants in Denver for flavorful enchiladas, right in the heart of Larimer Square. The downtown Denver eatery also offers eggs multelenos, lamb belly tacos, and house-made Carnitas. Before you enjoy the main course, snack on chips and homemade guacamole and salsa, which will build up your appetite even more! Chef Richard Sandoval is the mastermind behind this operation, and be sure to check them out for happy hour as well, Mondays through Fridays from 3pm to 5pm.
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1514 York St, Denver, CO 80206
As the name suggests, this award-winning eatery offers some of Denver’s best tacos, tequilas, and whiskey. Enjoy your cocktails alongside their delicious seafood, refried beans, and grilled protein, or enjoy tostadas topped with a variety of herb-based spicy sauces. The bar menu is pretty impressive in general; you can choose from several margarita flavors made with fresh ingredients. With three locations around Denver, try their “comida de la calle” soon.
11530 16th St Mall #101, Denver, CO 80202
If you’re craving Mexican food in a super fun and lively atmosphere, check out Illegal Pete’s when you’re in Denver. The fish tacos topped with fresh tomato salsa are a favorite, as are the barbacoa tacos. You can also check out meat-free options like the Primavera veggie burrito bowl or the veggie quesadilla. Or, you can opt for a heaping serving of nachos for you and your friends to share. Or not share! We don’t judge.
1525 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
If a colorful salad packed with veggies or a green chile chicken soup sound right up your alley, stop by the Rio Grande for a filling, healthy meal. The eatery also has some of the best quesadillas in the city, and the mahi tacos and veggie fajitas are popular, too. You can also enjoy your meal with a refreshing margarita or glass of wine, and outdoor seating is available.
2817 E 3rd Ave, Denver, CO 80206
As you can tell by the name, the tequila is just as important as the delicious tacos at Machete. One of our meal favorites is the quesadilla with potatoes and chorizo, Costilla or the Campechano taco. The restaurant also has some of the best tequila brands to choose from, so you can enjoy anything from a signature margarita to a tequila shot or a customized cocktail. It’s all yum!
610 16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80202
Otra Vez offers authentic Mexican food that will satisfy your craving for all things savory and spicy. The eatery offers several delicious entrees like barbacoa and carnitas tacos, as well a chicken burritos and carne asada. Don’t forget to try Otra Vez tacos topped with crispy fried onions and wash down your delicious meal with the house-made classic margarita.
9. Las Tortas
5307 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO 80246
If you want cheap and delicious Mexican food for lunch or dinner but you’re also in the mood for a sandwich, Las Tortas has you covered. This Denver eatery is family-owned and environmentally-friendly, and you can find several delicious sandwich options like the Suiza with chicken, ham, and cheese. Or, you can try the Nortena, a beef sandwich with Mexican cheese and milanesa. You can also stop by Las Tortas for a breakfast sandwich filled with fluffy eggs and spicy chorizo.
6265 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80222
You can start the day at Chakas with a delicious breakfast like huevos rancheros or a healthy helping of eggs with ham or chorizo. You can also choose from a variety of omelets filled with fresh vegetables and cheeses, or opt for hearty breakfasts like steak and eggs or Porkchop and eggs. Chakas also has several tasty soups and appetizers to choose from if you visit the restaurant during lunch or dinner, and you can get a discount on your meal if you’re a local university student, veteran, or senior citizen.
470 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219
This affordable Denver restaurant has a variety of vegan and vegetarian Mexican dishes. Whether you’re in the mood for nachos topped with avocado, jalapeno, and your choice of meat, or you prefer the Sopa Tarasca which was voted the Best Westworth Dish in 2014, you won’t be disappointed. Tarasco’s even offers a baby spinach salad topped with green apples and the restaurant’s secret house-made dressing.
3628 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Whether you’re looking for quality Mexican food, delicious cocktails, or both, you won’t want to leave Denver without stopping by El Camino Community Tavern. The restaurant’s owners are committed to making sure your dining experience is a pleasant one, and you can choose from affordable appetizers and entrees like the house-made guacamole with tortilla chips or the green chile nachos topped with shredded pork (you can also order the vegetarian version if you’re vegetarian!). Diner favorites also include the fajitas and chile rellenos.
2642 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
If you’re searching for a family-style meal that everyone in your party will enjoy, visit Taqueria La Familia for a fresh and delicious meal. Entrees include Asada tacos or tacos al pastor, or you can enjoy fajitas with chicken, beef, or shrimp served with rice and beans. The taqueria is also known for its delicious Menudo, and you can even visit the eatery in the mornings for a hearty breakfast like steak and eggs served with a side of potatoes and beans.
14. Tacos El Metate
1742 S Chambers Rd
Aurora, CO 80017
If you’re looking for real authentic Mexican cuisine, don’t overlook Aurora in the Denver metro area. Al pastor, barbacoa, carne asada, quesatacos–they’ve got all the good stuff. And for a fun Mexican-American spin, try their carne asada fries! It’s the best of both worlds.
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825 S. Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219
These breakfast burritos are famous for the option of having them “smothered”. For Waffle House aficionados, this is not putting diced onions on an order of hash browns; it’s drowning your burrito in their proprietary green chile. Whether you smother yours or not, you can get it with ham, bacon, chorizo, or breakfast sausage, along with eggs and potatoes, and you can either get yours mild, hot, or 1/2 and 1/2 (half mild, half hot). The green chile itself has plenty of spice, so plan accordingly. If you’re not in a breakfast burrito mood, you can get a wide array of other favorites, like a Mexican Hamburger (a flour tortilla with a burger and beans, topped with green chile and cheese, lettuce, and tomato) or Fajitas.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on April 23, 2021 and last updated on June 20, 2022. Please refer to restaurant websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.