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Best Tacos in Salt Lake City 2024

If I had to take one dish to a desert island, it might just be tacos. Salt Lakers pretty much share this general consensus as you will find every configuration of taco known to humankind across the valley. Whether it’s dollar street tacos, taco carts, modern tacos or gourmet tacos in fancy settings with top shelf tequila – you can find it here in SLC.

But what about the very best tacos in Salt Lake City? Which tacos send the crows wild? Well, according to my own research, these are the very best tacos around…

Guisados Home Style Mexican Cooking - tacos
Guisados Home Style Mexican Cooking – tacos

Guisados Home Style Mexican Cooking

My top pick

This Taylorsville mom and pop is home to nearly a dozen different taco styles. Pictured above is the al pastor, cochinita pibil and tinga de pollo. Tacos are provided on robust, single layered house made corn tortilla and come with all the toppings and sides you need to take your tacos to the next level. My particular favorite is the pineapple sharpened pastor pork. A little flurry of cilantro and diced white onion – perfection.

2654 W 4700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84129
(385) 237-3960

Tacos Garay – family pack

Tacos Garay

My top pick

When we see people ask, “who has the very best taco in Utah”, this Salt Lake City taco spot invariably gets mentioned. Indeed, it pops up with surprising frequency considering how under the radar this joint is. Head to this locals secret and enjoy asada, pastor, pollo, lengua, cabeza, buche, carnitas and more.

909 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 532-2621

Emiliano's Taco Shop - pico loaded tacos
Emiliano’s Taco Shop – pico loaded tacos

Emiliano’s Taco Shop

My top pick

Taking over the location of the much missed Taqueria Los Lee, Emiliano’s takes the baton at this South Salt Lake spot. The tacos come in both street and regular sizes, pictured above are the full sized versions. Prices run roughly $3-$5 and the options include carne asada, adobada, carnitas, lengua, dish and shrimp. Emiliano’s continues the gold standard for tacos in this location. My personal favorite is the carne asada, big chopped pieces of tender beef.

2646 S 700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(385) 259-0764

Real Taqueria - tinga and carne asada taacos
Real Taqueria – tinga and carne asada taacos

Real Taqueria

My top pick

Over in Holladay, the Valdez family craft a menu of authentic Mexican cuisine – and part of that – fabulous tacos. Options are extensive with al pastor, asada, barbacoa, carnitas, lengua, pollo asada, veggies and nopalitos. Double wrapped in corn tortilla and served a simple mix of onions, radish and lime, a solid pick here are the barbacoa tacos; shreds of earthily seasoned beef.

1869 E Murray Holladay Rd, Holladay, UT 84117
(801) 432-7962

Del Barrio Cafe - takeout tacos
Del Barrio Cafe – takeout tacos

Del Barrio Cafe

Fabulous tacos can be found at this mom-and-pop Midvale spot. My favorite? The achiote paste reddened Yucatan tacos – aka cochinita pibil. Don’t forget to grab an order of their chiles toreados – splayed and blistered jalapeños – that pack a fiery and smokey punch.

7777 S State St, Midvale, UT 84047
(801) 902-9971

Dos Olas - pollo tinga tacos
Dos Olas – pollo tinga tacos

Dos Olas

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
(435) 513-7198

Chunga's - tacos
Chunga’s – tacos


Chunga’s has two locations on the West side of the valley – both offering the same great deal: fabulous tacos at fabulous prices. Tacos are available ala carte for just $2.50 and are worth every penny. Chunga’s is known for its al pastor but everything is worth your time and attention in truth.

Rose Park | 180 S 900 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84104 | (801) 953-1840
Glendale | 1895 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84104 | (801) 973-6904

Flanker - The Big Tacowski
Flanker – The Big Tacowski

Flanker Kitchen

Located in the The Gateway in downtown SLC is this massive 17,500 square foot facility; you’ll find multiple bars, upscale and fun bar food, not to mention tons of hands on fun like sports simulators, karaoke, bowling and more. Chef Roman Contreras previously chef’ed in San Diego prior to Utah, so definitely begin your exploration of the menu with his fabulous taco platter which features four fabulous tacos: carnitas, carne asada, vegan chorizo and battered fish. The accompanying tomatillo salsa is also out of this world.

6 N Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 683-7070

ROCTACO exterior at night
ROCTACO exterior at night


ROCTACO offers a modern and creative take on the humble taco. Creations include the Korean-styled K-Pop, the Indian-inflected Tikka as well as more traditional flavors such as al pastor and mahi mahi fish tacos.

248 S Edison St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 905-8016

Santo Tacos (SLC Eats)
Santo Tacos (SLC Eats)

Santo Tacos

Here’s what our good friends at SLC Eats say about this impressively modern Rose Park taco spot: The menu is clean and simple. Almost In-N-Outesque. You have your choice of tacos, quesadillas, mulitas (quesadilla made from corn tortillas), asada fries, nachos, and burritos. Pretty simple. The fun begins once you notice the amount of meat choices you have: I counted sixteen different choices, with three of them vegetarian. The more adventurous diners may gravitate towards their tacos de cabeza (head meat tacos), tripa (tripe), and lengua (tongue), leaving carnitas, carne asada, grilled chicken, and brisket to everyone else.

Tacos Mi Caramelo

Indoor street tacos! Crazy but very real. These delicious Tijuana style tacos are the best value for less that $2 a taco. The amazing variety of meat choices will leave anyone satisfied. Authentic al pastor, carne asada, cabeza, maciza, ojo and tripa are just a few of the choices. Also available in quesadillas or mulitas.

1808 W 3500 S, West Valley City, UT 84119
(801) 883-9245

Tacos Don Rafa

When it comes to street tacos enjoyed right on the roadside fresh off the car – no one comes close to Tacos Don Rafa. Ask anyone who knows anything about tacos – and this name will always be top of the list. Tacos remain a wallet friendly $1 even in 2019.

798 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 809-5197

What our readers reckon

Our readers sent us the following recommendation and insist we (and you!) should check out these other taco spots in town

  • El Mexiquense
  • El Rey Del Taco
  • Taco Taco
  • Taqueria El Rey De Oros

Who did we miss?

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