While there are countless Mexican restaurants up and down the Wasatch front, a select few offer something extra special. The following is my own pick of the very best Mexican restaurants in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas. I’ll start by covering the restaurants I’ve personally been to in recent times, and love! After that, some other picks that are popular with locals in town. The list has something for everyone. From refined fine dining through to drive-thrus and the best spots for authentic tacos and street eats.
Katrina’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Katrina’s opened in 2022, adding another great Mexican eatery to the Millcreek neighborhood. The menu at this local independent is also a little different to others around town as well – case in point – the pictured Chile Colorado above. You’ll also find a quartet of house made moles (available in a variety of dishes) as well as shareable dishes like molcajete.
3041 E 3300 S, Millcreek, UT 84109
Guisados Home Style Mexican Cooking
This Taylorsville mom and pop is home to nearly a dozen different taco options – as well a variety of heartier dishes. My favorite dish right now from Guisados is their barbacoa de res pictured above. The finished plate features luscious tenderly beef, the type that shreds with a simple prod from the fork. It’s bears all the unmistakeable notes beef that’s been carefully slow roasted for hour upon hour.
2654 W 4700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84129
Located at the Pendry Park City (Canyons) is this fabulous Mexican spot. Chef Carlos Segura taps treasured family recipes from his Mexican City youth, to create a menu thats equal parts fun and delicious. The picture tinga tacos are a particularly speciality, cooked with chipotle and topped with corn, onions, crema and onion. Two come to an order, double wrapped in delicate corn tortilla.
2417 W High Mountain Rd, Park City, UT 84060
Regulars come back time and again, and often for one item in particular: al pastor. Chunga’s luscious rotisserie roasted and seasoned pork is available in a range of dishes – burritos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas – even nachos.
Chunga’s is open six days a week, at 11 p.m. on the weekends, for whenever those al pastor cravings hit.
80 S 900 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84104
This mom and pop spot in SLC offers one of the most wallet friendly deals in town. Tacos Garay family packs come with a pound of meat, 10 tortilla, beans, rice, salsa and toppings – the whole thing coming in happily under $25. Bonus points: one of the best breweries in town is mere seconds away…
909 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
De Los Muertos
Nestled in the heart of Sugar House, the restaurant lies adjacent to the Spitz, who own and operate this fast casual Mexican spot. It’s a kiosk ordering, and seat yourself type of place, which means you can get in and out of here as fast as you like. Highlights for me include the chicken mole burrito, and the eye catching patio outside – it’s THE spot for al fresco margaritas in the Summer months.
1215 Wilmington Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
La Casa Del Tamal
Located inside WVC’s Azteca Indoor Bazaar is this family Mexican eatery with a menu that has me blushing and sweating at the same time. Barbacoa de Borrego (aka barbacoa lamb), al pastor fries, chicharron prensado (pressed pig skin) gorditas – just a trio of options from an extensive menu. I think I want to live here.
3952 W 3500 S, West Valley City, UT 84120
Santo Tacos in the Rose Park area of SLC takes authentic stere-style tacos – indoors. Inside the modern and hip space you can enjoy your tacos rain or shine. You’ll find everything from carne asada through al pastor, not to mention more exotic selections such as tripe, tongue and cactus.
910 N 900 West, Salt Lake City
With multiple locations across the Wasatch Front, La Frontera has been making Utahns happy for decades. The concept is simple: the menu is huge, the prices are low, the service is quick. Stop by any La Frontera and you’re sure to find pretty much any dish you want. And if you can’t decide, yep, there’s plenty of combo options too.
Julia’s Mexican Food
A hidden gem. Authentic tastes of Michoacan and Zacatecas. Absolutely amazing and authentic; just a few of the ways Julia’s is described by locals who wax lyrical over this hole in the wall spot. Make sure you hit the ATM before you drop by, Julia’s is a cash only operation.
51 S 10th W, Salt Lake City, UT 84104
This downtown SLC restaurant is one of the most popular downtown dinner spots. The menu is packed with favorites but also has a range of more adventuresome dishes such as mole, molcajetes and a parrillada platter of meats for two.
307 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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