The Greatest Crispy Tacos In Los Angeles ~ L.A. TACO

The Greatest Crispy Tacos In Los Angeles ~ L.A. TACO

Immediately we’re supplying you with some tacos you may really feel. And conceivably even hear.

It is time for “The 13 Greatest Crispy Tacos in Los Angeles,” a tortilla-splintering, incisor-rattling, often iceberg lettuce-shredding ode to crunchy, crisp tacos that guarantees to fracture the deep-fried masa-verse. For good.

Warning: The chance of shattering noise ranges might outcome from studying the next paragraphs.

Ditroit's swordfish machaca flauta. Photo by Erwin Recinos for L.A. TACO.


Fish Machaca Fish Flute

Ditroit, the highly-pedigreed Arts District taquería opened by Enrique Olvera’s Mexican restaurant empire, got here out swinging with this crispy fish machaca flauta. Fried in rice bran oil and topped with avocado salsa and a creme fraiche-queso fresco mix, is the loftiest expression of the taco dorado in Los Angeles. – Javier Cabral

2117 Violet St. Los Angeles, CA 90021. Closest Metro strains and cease: Bus Line 60 – “Santa Fe/Violet” or Bus Line 62 – “seventh/Santa Fe.”

The Pocho Taco at Guerrilla Tacos

Guerrilla Tacos

Pocho Taco

Chef Wes Avila crafted the unique elevated tribute to everybody’s hard-shelled, shaggy-cheesed, school-lunch throwback taco with wild boar meat, aged cheddar, and pine nuts. The numerous crunch, savor, and nostalgic spice nonetheless resounds within the recipe at present served at Guerrilla, made with floor beef, avocado salsa, Jack cheese, and cotija crema and nonetheless holding the title for many astute taco on the town. – Hadley Tomicki

2000 E. seventh Los Angeles, CA 90021. Closest Metro strains and cease: Bus Strains 60 or 62 – “seventh/Imperial (westbound)” or “seventh/Santa Fe (eastbound).”

Arturo’s Puffy Taco in Whittier

Arturo’s Puffy Taco

Puffy Tacos

Arturo’s first unlocked this new taco in Whittier over 4 a long time in the past, serving generations of Angelenos with the minor miracle of puffy tacos ever since. Credited to San Antonio, the fashion includes masa deep-fried into v-shaped tortilla balloons of ethereal, puri-thin skins. These get crammed shortly and effectively with iceberg lettuce, fluorescent orange cheese, your selection of carne molido, carnitas, guisado de res, rooster, or picadillo, and chunky salsa roja or a spicier, creamier salsa verde. Sizzling and messy, candy desires are made of those. – Hadley Tomicki

15693 Leffingwell Rd. Whittier, CA 90604. Closest Metro line and cease: Bus Line 120 – “Santa Gertrudes/Leffingwell.”

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Puffy Taco

Nice-dining chef and son of San Antonio Josef Centeno endowed Downtown along with his connoisseur off-menu model of the puffy taco with the opening of his Bar Amà in 2012, giving us a kissing Tex-Mex cousin to Avila’s pocho taco (which had a current close-up on Netflix’s “Taco Chronicles”). Contemporary masa is flash-souffléd for a delightfully brittle carapace that crushes softly within the heart, because the guisado plated over its textured floor oozes into each ethereal nook and cranny. – Hadley Tomicki

118 W. 4th St. Los Angeles, CA 90013. Closest Metro strains and cease: Bus Strains 40, 45 or 92 – “Spring/4th” or Metro B and D Strains – “Pershing Sq. Station.”

Jalisco Seafood

Golden Shrimp Taco

L.A.’s most iconic crunchy seafood taco, no different stays as purely scrumptious to inhale. It’s all the things you need in a taco: filling, sufficiently spicy, with a refreshing tang and buttery avocado slices. This taco is timeless; this taco is ideal.

3040 E. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90023. Closest Metro strains and cease: Bus Line 62 – “Olympic/Dacotah” or Bus Line 605 – “Grande Vista/Olympic.”



If you happen to’ve eaten across the southern a part of Mexico’s Pacific coast, you’ll instantly journey out on the “pescadillas” on provide, crispy taquitos crammed with a savory filling of seasoned, minced wild fish served over a tasty puddle of umami-intensive pasta de frijol (black bean paste). They’re extraordinarily hard-to-find; the kind of crispy fish taco that you just’ll see in Guerrero’s Costa Chica and a handful of seashores in Oaxaca, and now additionally at Simón L.A. – Javier Cabral

3667 W. Sundown Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026. Closest Metro strains and cease: Bus Strains 2 or 4 – “Sundown/Maltman.”

Sky’s Gourmand Tacos

Potato and Cheese Taco

In its attribute stand-alone fashion, Sky’s prepares potato tacos a lot otherwise than the tightly-sealed tacos dorados stuffed with mashed spuds you normally discover round city. Boiled potatoes are chopped then fried on the plancha earlier than getting stuffed right into a cheddar-padded tortilla given a lightweight char. Served piping scorching, there’s an audible crunch on this superlative multi-textured taco. Vegetarian by nature, it may also be turned dairy-free with the addition of vegan cheese and made additional crispy. – Hadley Tomicki

5303 W Pico Blvd Suite #01, Los Angeles, CA 90019. Closest Metro line and cease: Bus Line 33 – “Venice/Cochran.”

Picture: Cesar Hernandez

Chuy’s Tacos Dorados

Carne Desebrada Taco

If Tito’s Tacos might be in comparison with Burger King or McDonald’s, then Chuy’s Tacos Dorados, constructed on recipes descended from proprietor Betsy Leon’s grandfather’s restaurant from Culiacan, can be extra like In-N-Out or Shake Shack. The potatoes are hand-peeled, and the cheese is shredded every day. The meat, from SuKarne, is imported from Sinaloa, then shredded, and simmered over 4 hours utilizing her father’s spice mix. The salsa verde and salsa roja, served scorching, are crafted with a mix of beef-and-chicken broth, and the fried tortillas all the time retain their construction, even when eagerly chomped down upon in 4 or 5 frenzied bites. – Hadley Tomicki

1335 Willow St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Closest Metro line and cease: Bus Line 18 – “sixth/Mateo.”

6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91367. Closest Metro strains and cease: Bus Strains 150 or 169 – “Topanga Canyon/Erwin.”

Tacos and Beer La Única
Tacos and Birra La Única. Picture from LA TACO archives.

Tacos and Birria La Única

Golden Taco Goat

Not too L.A. many taqueros provide tasty variations of each birria de chivo and birria constructed on beef. La Unica does, and likewise affords handmade corn tortillas for all their tacos, a game-changer in addition to one other rarity amongst L.A.’s cutthroat Birria Wars. Catch me swimming of their clavo-intensive consomé. – Javier Cabral

2840 E. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90023. Closest Metro strains and cease: Bus Line 62 – “Olympic/Camulos” or Bus Strains 66 or 251 – “Soto/Olympic.”

The Golden Flutes.  Photo from the LA TACO archives.
The Golden Flutes. Picture from the LA TACO archives.

The Golden Ones

Potato and lamb barbecue flute

The flautas from Los Dorados are mind-shatteringly crunchy. I imagine that the potato flauta is the purest approach to expertise Los Dorados as a result of it offers you the prospect to essentially style the outfit’s improbable inexperienced and crimson salsas. However the lamb barbacoa, lined with a mole-like salsa borracha, is simply insanely good, gamey and meaty, however enlivened with a smokey salsa and tangy crema. – Cesar Hernandez

Observe them on Instagram to see when they’re going to pop up subsequent.

BBQ Golden Taco from the Garduños: Photo by Memo Torres for LA TACO.
BBQ Golden Taco from the Garduños: Picture by Memo Torres for LA TACO.

Los Garduños Barbecue

Lamb Barbecue Flute

Each week, Josefina Garduño purchases 4 dwell lamb to make a standard barbacoa within the fashion of the city of Capuhualc within the state of Mexico. Because the youngest sibling, Josefina discovered her father’s method and recipe nearly 20 years in the past from her oldest brother, Ricardo, who serves the identical barbacoa from his restaurant, Taquería Capuhualc, in South Central. Garduño graced Lincoln Heights along with her household’s barbacoa when she moved there 4 years in the past. The steamy barbacoa is solely seasoned with salt fairly than marinated in spices or chiles, apart from la pancita (the abdomen), which is boldened with added taste. On the stand, you’ll see her husband, Carlos Sanchez, pulling meat off the lamb head—essentially the most prized—and making ready tacos. Her son Ryan helps with orders whereas her daughter Shanty makes recent tortillas. Order a cup of consomé crammed with bits of stringy meat crumbs, garbanzo beans, rice, and veggies. And should you like your tacos crispy, they make tacos dorados too. They’re not simply the most effective tacos in Lincoln Heights; their barbacoa ought to rank amongst the most effective in L.A. – Memo Torres

Saturday and Sunday mornings solely, on the nook of Ave 24 and Pasadena Road, exterior Good & Last. Closest Metro strains and cease: Bus Line 251 – “Daly/Pasadena” or Bus Line 45 – “Broadway/Avenue 22.”

Vampiro from Tacos Don Cuco

Tacos Don Cuco

Adobada and Asada Vampiro

Considered one of East L.A.’s finest Tijuana-style tacos, Don Cuco’s adobada is grilled over coals as an alternative of by way of trompo as we generally see with al pastor. The result’s a smoky, succulent pork that definitely tastes completely different. Attempt the vampiro with adobada and asada, a crunchy and meaty tostada sandwich with melted cheese. – Cesar Hernandez

752 S. Fetterly Ave. East Los Angeles, CA 90022. Closest Metro strains and cease: Bus Line 18 – “Whittier/Ferris” or Bus Line 258 – “Arizona/Whittier.”

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LA Taco – Cielito Lindo (Official Music Video) LA Taco – Cielito Lindo (Official Music Video)

Cielito Lindo

Flutes and taquitos

Cielito Lindo is the triple O.G. flauta-slanging taquería at Placita Olvera, going robust for over 100 years. The crispy beef taquitos, which have their roots in Zacatecas, are smothered in avocado sauce and all the time pack a satisfying crunch. It stays the most effective taco to eat on Olvera Road, and stands because the pioneer of flautas in Los Angeles. – Cesar Hernandez

E-23 Olvera St. Los Angeles, CA 90012. Closest Metro strains and cease: Metro A, B, D, and J (910/950) Strains – “Union Station” or Bus Strains 28, 33, 40, 70, 76, 78, or 106 – “Cesar E Chavez/Alameda.”



This new taquito restaurant in Anaheim lately caught our eyes with its chaotic plates strewn with crunchy, tightly rolled masa blunts, crammed with birria, shrimp, shredded beef, papas, and rooster, and topped with cueritos, pickled jalapenos, and avocado sauce. We’ve not been but. However itching to.

1101 W. Lincoln Ave Anaheim, CA 92801

Tito’s Tacos

Tito’s Taco with Cheese

Whether or not you like it or hate it, essentially the most well-known names in hard-shelled tacos stays well-liked with or with out your gustatory opinions. It is fairly crispy, it is tacky, there’s… beef, and the one factor higher than one, it has been mentioned, is 2. Which is able to value you $11.

11222 Washington Pl. Culver Metropolis, CA 90230-4618. Closest Metro line and cease: Bus Line 33 – “Venice/Sepulveda.”

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