In its former life, Tuesday may have only been known as the second day of the work week, but has now found fame and glory as Taco Tuesday. And we’re not exactly complaining – between Taco Tuesdays and National Taco Day or to enjoy with a Chandler margarita, you're sure to find some of the best tacos in Chandler, Arizona!
Here is a list of where to go for tacos in Chandler, AZ that are sure to satisfy your taco craving!
The Taco Spot
Located on Chandler Blvd. just east of Downtown Chandler, The Taco Spot offers counter-style service featuring a selection of authentic tacos, quesadillas, burritos and snacks from treasured family recipes. Follow them on Instagram for crave-inducing pics that will have you craving tacos in Chandler!
Map: 698 E. Chandler Blvd., Chandler AZ 85225 or (480) 917-7883
Don’t let the simple décor and strip mall location fool you; family-owned Tacos Chiwas prepares some of the best tacos you’ll find anywhere. You can’t go wrong with the straightforward asada, pastor, carnitas, barbacoa or pollo tacos, all served in handmade corn tortillas. But for a delicious change of pace, try the Tacos Chiwas taco, made with beef and ham, or the calabacitas taco, filled with Mexican squash, corn, white onion and cheese.
Feeling adventurous? Tacos Chiwas also has lengua (beef tongue) and tripas (beef tripe) tacos that you can garnish with condiments from the salsa bar. Supplement your tacos with quesadillas, gorditas and burritos.
Map: 2160 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler AZ 85224 or (480) 590-2891
Espo's Mexican Food
The famed Chandler restaurant with a rich history has been serving Chandler visitors and residents for more than 50 years, at the same location near the intersection of Chandler Boulevard and McClintock. Choose from crispy or soft shell, corn tortilla tacos with your choice of meat: ground beef, machaca, grilled chicken, carne asada or carnitas (shredded pork). Espo's Mexican Food features a variety of Mexican dishes, but Taco Tuesday is an institution with their established Taco Tuesday special, 10 street tacos for $10.
Map: 3863 W. Chandler Boulevard, Chandler AZ 85226 or (480) 588-7377
Armed with his mother’s Sonoran-style recipes, Elmer Cuen opened his namesake restaurant in 1974. It’s still going strong today, thanks in large part to its tacos. Try the chicken, beef or potato tacos served in a crisped shell. You can also order fish, carne asada, pastor and machaca tacos. Especially hungry? The No. 2 and No. 3 dinner plates feature tacos, rice and beans.
Besides tacos, you’ll find burros, flautas, taquitos, tostadas, burgers and Indian fry bread on the menu. Elmer’s is also known for its chili cone, a tortilla fried in the shape of a cone and filled with mild red chili, spicy green chili or machaca.
Map: 355 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler AZ 85225 or (480) 963-6763
Moreno's Mexican Grill
What began with a hot dog cart in Chandler and now with three brick and mortar locations in Chandler and a few in neighboring communities, Moreno's has become a local favorite for authentic Mexican food and tacos in Chandler. A local favorite for their Mexico City Street-Style tacos, served with cilantro, onions and cabbage. Diners can opt for a variety of meat options including carne asada, adobada (pork marinated in a red chile sauce and chicken.
Ghett Yo' Tacos, Burritos and Sliders
Located in downtown Chandler, this bright taqueria celebrates the street taco with a lineup of your favorites: pollo asado, pollo verde, carne asada, barbacoa, al pastor, carnitas and pescado (fish). But, Ghett Yo' Taco goes one step further with unique offerings like the huevos y nopales taco filled with egg and cactus. There’s also a fried guacamole taco featuring a beer-battered avocado for vegetarians.
Take advantage of Chandler’s 300-plus days of sunshine by dining on the patio with a cold beer or a pitcher of margaritas. You can also check out games like Jenga from the bar if you decide on another round.
Map: 241 S. Oregon St, Chandler AZ 85225 or (480) 726-9654
El Sol Mexican Café & Bakery
A Chandler favorite since 1988, El Sol Mexican Café & Bakery serves burritos, tortas, quesadillas, pastries and, of course, tacos. The tacos come wrapped in fresh, made-by-hand soft or fried tortillas and can be filled with a variety of toppings including shredded beef, carnitas and pollo asada. If you’re having a hard time deciding what to order, several of the combo platters include tacos plus rice and beans.
Save room for dessert, though. El Sol makes Mexican sweets, like fruit-filled empanadas and traditional wedding cookies, fresh daily. You can also purchase tortillas and chips to go.
Map: 760 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler AZ 85225 or (480) 786-0811
Taqueria Mi Casita
This casual eatery serves authentic Mexican fare at budget-friendly prices. You pick the meat: chicken, carne asada, pastor, carnitas, shredded beef, chorizo or tilapia. Or for real south-of-the-border flavor, go with lengua (tongue) or buche (pork stomach). Your selection is topped with fresh cilantro, onion and housemade salsa, but guacamole, sour cream, cheese, pico de gallo, radishes or fried chiles are available on request.
In addition to tacos, Taqueria Mi Casita serves burros, enchiladas, tortas, quesadillas and tostadas, as well as menudo on Saturday and Sunday. For dessert, order a wedge of the pie-sized flan made from Grandma’s recipe.
Map: 2050 N. Alma School Road, Chandler AZ 85224 or (480) 814-7047
Valle Luna Mexican Restaurant
Located in the Andersen Springs neighborhood, diners are sure to enjoy the expansive patio and beautiful lakeside view. Sure to please taco aficionados, this longtime Chandler establishment offers a tasty taco basket with your choice of six- mini shredded beef or chicken tacos (or opt for a mix with half of each!) and drink specials. Other taco dishes at Valle Luna Mexican Restaurant include the original Tia Rita's Taco with your choice of meat topped with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and green onions.
Map: 1949 W. Ray Road, Chandler AZ 85224 or (480) 786-3100
Maskadore’s Taco Shop
Decorated with lucha libre masks, Maskadore’s Taco Shop adopts the Chipotle model, assembling fresh tacos, burritos and bowls at the counter as you order. Start by selecting the tacos you want: street, hard shell, flour, rolled or the quesadilla-inspired tacodilla. Then choose a regular meat such as asada, barbacoa, chicken or carnitas, or for $2 more, opt for shrimp or fish.
As you move through the line, you’ll be able to adjust the heat level—Maskadore’s knows how to spice it up to authentic Mexican levels—and pick your toppings. Order a beer, Mexican soda or horchata to round out your meal.
Sandbar Mexican Grill
Enjoy your tacos in a beach-like setting at this popular beach-themed sports bar in West Chandler is a great option for a Taco Tuesday Happy Hour. Known as much for its ambiance and its Mexican inspired menu and cold drinks – you can escape to a Mexico coastal town for your next meal. With sand in your toes on the lively patio, diners will enjoy food and drink specials including seasonal dishes.at Sandbar Mexican Grill - Chandler .
Map: 7200 W. Ray Road, Chandler AZ 85226 or (480) 961-1700
Juan Jaime’s Tacos and Tequila
Inspired by the tacos sold from carts in Mexico, Juan Jaime’s Tacos and Tequila marinates their meats in a rub made from chiles, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt and citrus for authentic flavor and dresses them with fresh cilantro, onion and cheese. Popular taco fillings include grilled steak, mahi mahi, carnitas, sautéed shrimp and black beans. Add some heat with the made-in-house salsa ranging from mild to hot.
Tacos are just part of what makes Juan Jaime’s great, though. Its bar features premium tequilas, perfectly-blended margaritas and other tequila-based cocktails in addition to draft beer, bottled beer, wine by the glass and champagne.
Map: 2510 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler AZ 85226 or (480) 821-5826
AZ Mucho Taco
Off the beaten track, AZ Mucho Taco is that surprising little gem. As the name suggests, this place has a lot of tacos! Located at the intersection of Alma School and Ray Road near a community center, the restaurant is a popular choice for their straightforward menu with flavorful meats and sauces.
Map: 914 N. Alma School Road, Chandler AZ 85224 or (480) 857-6421