The place to Discover the Finest Tacos in Portland

The place to Discover the Finest Tacos in Portland

What goes into an awesome taco? Each element needs to be on level. The filling, from slow-cooked cochinita pibil to seared carne asada to veggie guisados, have to be flavor-packed and texturally sound, the tortillas completely griddled (and plenty of of them handmade), and the salsas tangy and full of life. Collectively, they add as much as one thing particular that’s greater than the sum of their elements. From Southeast Portland to Beaverton to Gresham and Vancouver, these are our high tacos.

Birrieria La Plaza


A number of years into the birria growth, Birrieria La Plaza’s beefy quesabirria tacos nonetheless reign supreme in Portland. At different birrierias, a bomb of grease and cheese usually masks the tacos’ taste. That’s not the case right here, the place the long-simmered beef marinated in guajillo and pasilla chiles is the star of the present, and the cheese and crispy tortillas are there as supporting characters. You’ll want to ask for spicy salsa on the facet, plus a cup of consome for dipping (although this one is just a little on the oilier facet, so that you received’t wish to drink the entire thing). 600 SE 146th Ave

The Tehuana


Come for an easy number of tacos on thick handmade tortillas, starting from juicy carnitas to charred carne asada to tongue-tingling spicy pork. Garnish them with a stoplight-like assortment of pink, yellow-orange, and inexperienced salsas, and the agua fresca of the day made with recent fruit is a should. 1341 N Killingsworth St

Aunt Juana


This former quick meals joint is now residence to a number of Tijuana-style treats. Our go-tos are the spit-roasted tacos al pastor garnished with pineapple and avocado salsa on a thick, recent handmade tortilla utilizing masa from La Milpa in Sandy, or the super-juicy tacos al vapor that commerce crisp-edged meat for fatty, steamed meats like lengua or cabeza. 18488 E Burnside St

Little Conejo

Esther Quick, Vancouver

This taqueria is one in all our go-to eating places in Vancouver, significantly for its standout oyster mushroom tacos. The garlic-roasted mushrooms are tremendous juicy and tender, blended with a contact of melted cheese that helps convey out their taste. Search for different veggie tacos like brussels sprouts and nopales, too. On the meaty facet, this place makes one of many space’s higher al pastor tacos, the place the meat is definitely roasted on a trompo (spit); the suadero can also be a must-try, and the battered and fried mahi-mahi tacos rank among the many high fish tacos, too. Every thing comes on toasty Three Sisters Nixtamal tortillas. 114 W Sixth St, Vancouver, Washington

Loncheria Los Mayas


It doesn’t get higher than these handmade tortillas, thick and golden yellow, tremendous fluffy with crisp browned edges and a pair leopard spots, and with a touch of additional salt to convey out the toasty corn taste. The cochinita pibil is a must-order—Yucatan-style slow-braised pork cooked till nearly buttery in a velvety achiote-orange sauce, topped with pickled onions and crunchy cabbage. The carnitas are on the alternative finish of the spectrum, super-crisp like porky potato chips. 4212 NE Prescott St, 503-754-3059

The Franks

Hazelwood/Mill Park

Carne asada lovers, look no additional: the carne asada tacos from Los Francos are top-tier. How they handle to make the perimeters crispy and caramelized and the within so juicy is a culinary thriller; add loads of tangy inexperienced salsa for finest outcomes. Spherical out your order with the chorizo, which melds right into a crisp, porky drive subject, and the juicy carnitas. 12051 SE Stark St, 503-473-7066

Matt’s BBQ Tacos


I’ve by no means been to Texas, but when that is what Texas barbecue–meets–Tex Mex tastes like, then it appears like a scrumptious place. The identical slow-smoked meats served at N Mississippi sister cart Matt’s BBQ, from pork stomach to brisket, make an look atop chewy handmade flour tortillas. Every taco will get its personal accoutrements, from pickled onions and guacamole to iceberg lettuce, shredded cheese, and tomatoes. Plus, breakfast tacos are served all day, from the tortilla-scrambled egg migas to the Sizzling Mess with sausage, egg, queso, and smoked jalapeños. 2216 SE fiftieth Ave

Taco Gang


This cart, run by mother-and-son crew Anna and Leo Mendoza, serves up basic tacos finished proper, with a homestyle spin of handmade tortillas and a neighboring beer cart that makes visiting this pod really feel like a yard taco social gathering. Favorites embrace the smoky-spicy chorizo and the tender carnitas, and the al pastor is scrumptious (and full with pineapple) albeit a bit saucier than most variations we’re accustomed to. Control Taco Gang’s Instagram web page for specials like rooster tinga or birria. 2623 SE Belmont St

Tacos El Patron

Cooper Mountain-Aloha North, Beaverton

Blocks away from TV Freeway’s automotive dealerships lives this gem of a cart, which Efrain Abarca opened in 2019 to re-create the flavors of the tacos he ate rising up visiting his grandma in Tijuana. Few different taquerias can match the vary of types encompassed right here, all served on toasty, aromatic Three Sisters Nixtamal tortillas. Get the Tijuana-style steak tacos with steak, guacamole, and onion; the grilled shrimp tacos with a blanket of crisped cheese melded on to the tortilla; the fatty-crisp suadero (brisket) tacos; or the ever-present however very well-made quesabirria tacos full with beefy, hearty consomé. Additionally to not be missed: the artistic aguas frescas, from strawberry horchata to celery-pineapple-lime. 21460 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy

Taqueria Los Puñales


Tacos guisados—tacos full of stews and braises—are the secret right here, with dozens of sorts to select from, all served on handmade corn tortillas. We go for the standout rooster tinga in smoky chipotle sauce, the salty-spicy pork adobada, the super-tender lengua en salsa verde, the juicy barbacoa served Jalisco-style in a crispy tortilla, the melt-in-your-mouth carnitas, or the bistec con papas (steak and potatoes) in savory tomato stew. However the vegetarian and vegan choices listed below are to not be missed, from grilled panela cheese with bitter cream to calabacitas with corn and onion to soy curl mole. Wash it down with a textbook-perfect pint glass-sized margarita, amped up with habanero or mezcal or aguas frescas like strawberry or mango when you so select, or a refreshing michelada. 3312 SE Belmont St

Santa Cruz Retailer and Taqueria

St. Johns

At the back of a St. Johns market, this taqueria serves up a number of the metropolis’s best super-tender lengua, crispy tripa, and fatty, melt-in-your-mouth cabeza tacos. 8630 N Lombard St, 503-286-7302

Tortilleria and Leon Retailer


This self-described Mexican deli and tortilla maker serves a number of the finest carnitas tacos in Portland, level clean—juicy hunks of meat with crispy bits, with one in all three home made salsas on high (smoky, gentle pink, herbaceous inexperienced, or creamy orange habanero). It additionally excels within the stewier facet of issues with its guisados—attempt the gentle, melt-in-your mouth steak within the bistec a la Mexicana or the spicy puerco y nopales stew, both in a taco or as a part of a combo plate. 16223 NE Glisan St

Sahuayo Taqueria

Laurelhurst/North Tabor

This Glisan Road nook retailer can also be residence to a counter-service taqueria with an enormous menu that ventures far past tacos into enchiladas, pozole, menudo, and way more. The star taco right here is the birria de chivo—aromatic slow-cooked goat in a chile-kissed broth—and it’s additional heightened by opting to have your taco served on one of many huge home made tortillas. Carnitas are additionally a go right here, topped with avocado salsa and pico de gallo. 4438 NE Glisan St, 503-719-5374

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