Top Places for Tacos in Scottsdale

By local contributor
Scott McGinty

Whether you’re looking for a relaxed taco joint for happy hour or a quick, delicious street taco on the go, here are the top spots in Scottsdale to check out!


Mr. Mesquite Taqueria


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The perfect street taco does exist, and you’ll find it at Mr. Mesquite. Born from a small walk-up window in Old Town, this local joint has expanded to multiple locations around Scottsdale. The menu consists of smoky, mesquite-grilled chicken and steak on your choice of a corn or flour tortilla, with a slew of fresh, delicious toppings to pile on. These small tacos pack a big flavor punch and are the perfect quick stop when you’re exploring Old Town. And since they’re open until 3 a.m., they’re also a great stop for a late-night bite.


Blanco Tacos + Tequila


Blanco has become a Scottsdale staple in recent years. Owned by local restaurateur Sam Fox, it combines tasty Mexican cuisine and a trendy atmosphere. It’s hands down the place to go for a taco-and-margarita happy hour. Try the Red Chili Chicken taco to spice up your meal.


Tacos Jalisco


One word comes to mind when you step into Tacos Jalisco – authentic. This hole-in-the-wall taco shop is rooted in traditional Mexican cooking, and my personal favorite, the Carne Asada, won’t disappoint.


Barrio Queen


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Elevated takes on traditional tacos and a sunny, Scottsdale Waterfront location – what more could you want? Barrio Queen has been one of the top taco spots in town since its inception, and the Cochinita Pibil is to die for. Pair it with some tableside-prepared guacamole and you have an Instagram worthy meal!