5 of the Best Chicago Mexican Restaurants Is Just the Beginning!

The Best Chicago Mexican Restaurants

We’ll start with five and give you 130 more!

Mexican cuisine is a burst of flavor, packed with herbs, spices, and all kinds of goodness. No one can get enough of the hearty and comforting food, so we’re devoting this post to the best in the Windy City.

The following are some of the best Chicago Mexican restaurants. But we’ve got plenty more, too. Scroll down for a pocket guide to more than 130 places for you to try!

Amaru Chicago, Amaru in Chicago IL


1904 W. North Avenue, Chicago

Situated in the Wicker Park neighborhood, Amaru opened in 2019. It is Chef Rodolfo Cuadros’ effort to bring the culture and soul of Latin America to Chicago with mouth-watering food.

The eatery serves authentic Pan-Latin courses and cocktails and has some of the best desserts in town.

Yes, we’re stretching it with “Mexican-like” food, but you can also enjoy some Mexican favorites here and even add some Cuban and Colombian dishes to the mix if you wish!

Happy hour runs from 5 to 6 pm Monday to Thursday and 4 to 5 pm on Sundays. With an irresistible drinks menu to choose from, you can’t go wrong here!

Carnitas Uruapan Chicago, best Chicago Mexican restaurants

Carnitas Uruapan

1725 W. 18th Street and 2813 W. 55th Street in Chicago

Known as distinctly and unapologetically Mexican, Carnitas Uruapan will transport you to Mexico the second you step through the door. The aroma, the welcoming ambiance, and the unpretentiousness of their food are all truly irresistible.

This legendary eatery opened in 1975 and blends flavor, fragrance, and fun—all the essentials for a memorable Mexican meal.

It doesn’t take much for newcomers to become regulars after the first taste of their delicious tacos.You order the juicy pork by the pound. It’s served up on a platter with corn tortillas and a spicy salsa verde for you to DIY your own tacos! And, everything has a reasonable price that won’t bust your pocket.

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Birrieria Zaragoza Chicago, Chicago Mexican food

Birrieria Zaragoza

4852 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago

Handmade tortillas, made-to-order salsa, and coffee laced with cinnamon—Birrieria Zaragoza does it all spectacularly. And if that doesn’t have you salivating, I don’t know what will.

They even have special Mexican drinks like Squirt, Coca, and Sprite. They’re the perfect additions to this restaurant’s signature chopped goat meat platter, with a delicious tomato-based broth drizzled on top.

Mi Tocaya Antojeria Chicago, Chicago Mexican food

Mi Tocaya Antojéria

2800 W. Logan Blvd, Chicago

Mi Tocaya Antojería is more than just a neighborhood restaurant. It’s a way for Chef Diana Davila to put her memories from her extensive travels to Mexico with her family during summer on a plate.

Each dish is a treat for your tastebuds, made with love. It’s particularly so with the antojitos section, which consists of guacamole showered in black ash with fish con mole and peanut butter lengus.

Even though prices are slightly higher than the previous three, this eatery is definitely worth it and deserves to be on your list!

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Taqueria Chingón

2234 N Western Ave., Chicago

Taqueria Chingón pays homage to the rich culture of Mexican street food by giving guests the flavor of an authentic streetside eatery. It’s the brainchild of three men with a passion for classic food—Sotero Gallegos (La Sardine), Oliver Poilevey (Le Bouchon), and Marcos Ascencio (Bar Lupo). So, this is one place you don’t want to miss!

There are tacos with tender pork, creamy avocado salsa, sweet pineapple, and flecks of cilantro for those who love a meaty delight. For the vegetarian foodies, they substitute pork with portobello mushrooms and celery root for a mesmerizing rendition.

Open from 11 am to 9 pm from Tuesday to Sunday, you’ll want to add this restaurant to your list!

So Many More Options

Here’s your pocket guide to more than 130 Chicago Mexican Restaurants

Mexican Restaurants in ChicagoAddressWebsite
5 Estrellas Restaurant2908 W 59th Sthttps://cincoestrellasrestaurant.netwaiter.com/chicago/about
5 Rabanitos1758 W 18th Sthttps://5rabanitosdotcom.wordpress.com
Antique Taco1360 N Milwaukee Avehttp://www.antiquetaco.com
Antique Taco Chiquito125 S Clark St Revival Foohttp://www.antiquetaco.com
Asada Chicago180 N Wells Sthttp://asadachicago.com/html/index.html
Bar Takito201 N Morgan Sthttp://bartakito.com
Broken English Taco Pub-Lake Street75 E Lake Sthttp://www.tacopub.com
Buen Apetito131 N Clinton Sthttps://frenchmarketchicago.com/vendor/buen-apetito
Burrito Beach19 S LaSalle Sthttps://www.burritobeach.com/locations
Cafe El Tapatio3400 N Ashland Avehttp://www.cafeeltapatio.com
Cafe Tola3324 N. Californiahttps://www.cafetola.com
Cantina Laredo508 N State Sthttp://www.cantinalaredo.com
Canton Regio1510 W 18th Sthttp://cantonregio.business.site
Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill300 W 26th Sthttp://carbonmex.com
Carnitas Don Rafa4597 S Archer Avehttp://www.donrafarestaurants.com
Carnitas Uruapan2813 W 55th Sthttp://carnitasuruapanchi.com
Carnitas Uruapan1725 W 18th Sthttp://carnitasuruapanchi.com
Casa Índígō1314 W 18th Sthttp://pilsenkitchen.com
Chikatana850 W Fulton Sthttps://www.chikatanachicago.com
Chilam Balam3023 N Broadway Sthttp://chilambalamchicago.com
Chilango1437 W Taylor Sthttp://chilangorestaurant.com
Chipotle Mexican Grill10 S La Salle St,Ste 106https://locations.chipotle.com/il/chicago/10-s-la-salle-st
Chipotle Mexican Grill1132 S Clinton St,Clinton & Grenshawhttps://locations.chipotle.com/il/chicago/1132-s-clinton-st
Chipotle Mexican Grill2302 W 95th Sthttps://locations.chipotle.com/il/chicago/2302-w-95th-st
Chipotle Mexican Grill233 W Lake Sthttps://locations.chipotle.com/il/chicago/233-w-lake-st
Chipotle Mexican Grill291 E Ontario Sthttps://locations.chipotle.com/il/chicago/291-e-ontario-st
Chipotle Mexican Grill311 S Wacker Dr,Lowr 100https://locations.chipotle.com/il/chicago/311-s-wacker-dr
Chipotle Mexican Grill725 S. Seeley Avenuehttps://locations.chipotle.com/il/chicago/725-s-seeley-avenue
Chipotle Mexican Grill7561 S. Cicero Avenuehttps://locations.chipotle.com/il/chicago/7561-s-cicero-avenue
Costa Vida218 W Lake Sthttp://costavida.com
Coyotes Restaurant1451 W 18th Sthttps://coyotesmexicanrestaurant.com
Cruz Blanca Brewery904 W Randolph Sthttp://www.cruzblanca.com
D Chile3443 W 26th Sthttps://www.dchilechicago.com
De Pasada1517 W Taylor Sthttps://www.depasadachicago.com
Don Pedro Carnitas1113 W 18th Sthttp://www.carnitasdonpedro.com
Don Pepe3616 W 26th Sthttp://www.donpepelittlevillage.com
Dos Toros Taqueria300 S Wacker Drhttps://www.dostoros.com
Dos Toros Taqueria1 N Dearborn Sthttps://www.dostoros.com/locations/chicago
Dos Urban Cantina2829 W Armitage Ave Ste 1https://www.dosurbancantina.com
El Asador4117 W 47th St #102https://www.togoelasador.com
El Barbecho4316 S Pulaski Rdhttp://www.elbarbechorestaurante.com
El Barco1035 N Ashland Avehttps://elbarcochicago.com
El Nuevo Mexicano2914 N Clark Sthttp://elnuevomexicano.net
El Pollo Feliz I I2462 S Blue Island Avehttp://pollocriscris.com
El Taco Sabroso Inc8346 S Pulaski Rdhttps://fuzzystacoshop.com
El Tecolote Restaurant3519 W 26th Sthttps://tecoloterestaurant.com/contact-1
Federales180 N Morgan Sthttp://federaleschicago.com
Flacos Tacos46 E Chicago Avehttp://flacostacosonline.com
Flacos Tacos725 S Dearborn Sthttp://flacostacosonline.com
Frontera Fresco111 N State Sthttp://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/frontera-fresco
Gorditas Loli s #13522 E 106th Sthttp://gorditas-lolis-mexican-restaurant.business.site
Habanero222 Merchandise Mart Plz Ste FC-8http://habanerobajagrill.com
Hernandez Burrito Station2750 W 111th Sthttp://orders.imenu360.us/hernandezburritostation/order.html
Jarabe1835 W Harrison Sthttp://adelitatruck.com
Jarabe- Mexican Street Food1811 W Harrisonhttp://www.jarabechicago.com
La Bamba Downtown Chicago19 S Wabash Avehttp://labambaburritos.com
La Casa De Samuel2834 W Cermak Rdhttp://www.lacasadesamuel.com
La Cocina406 S Clark Sthttp://lacocinachicago.com
La Cocina45 N Wells Sthttps://lacocinasf.org
La Cocina De Alicia5058 W Armitage Avehttp://lacocinadealicia.net
La Costa3119 N Central Avehttps://www.lacostachicago.com
La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant3333 W 111th St,Ahttps://lafiestachicago.com
La Guerrerense4758 W Fullerton Avehttp://www.laguerrerense.net
La Justicia3901 W 26th Sthttp://www.restaurantlajusticia.com
La Lagartija Taqueria132 S Ashland Avehttps://www.lalagartijainc.com
La Lena Restaurant3758 W North Avehttp://www.lalenarestaurant.com
La Luna1726 S Racine Avehttps://www.lalunachicago.com
La Palma6038 S Pulaski Rdhttp://www.lapalmamariscos.com
La Playita10608 Ridgeland Avehttp://www.restaurantlaplayita.com
La Roqueta4023 W 31st Sthttp://www.laroqueta.com
La Tia Restaurant6425 W 63rd Sthttps://www.gorditaslatiachicago.com
Lacasa Del Pueblo Taqueria1834 S Blue Island Avehttps://lacasadelpueblochicago3.mybistro.online
Lalo's Mexican Restaurant-Maxwell St733 W Maxwell Sthttps://www.lalos.com/location/lalos-maxwell-st
Las Islas Marias4781 S Archer Avehttp://www.berwynsrestaurants.com/restaurant/berwyn-il/las-islas-marias
Las Islas Marias5401 S Pulaski Rdhttp://www.lasislasmarias.net/index-4p55.html
Lena Brava900 W Randolph Sthttps://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/lena-brava
Lito's Empanadas100 W Randolph Sthttp://litosempanadas.com
Lito's Empanadas - Revival Food Hall125 S Clark Sthttps://www.litosempanadas.com
Manuel's Tamales5341 S Kedzie Avehttp://www.manuelstamales.com
Mas Alla Del Sol5848 N Broadway Sthttp://www.masalladelsolrestaurant.com
Mercadito108 W Kinzie Sthttp://www.mercaditorestaurants.com
Mi Tocaya Antojería2800 W Logan Blvdhttp://www.mitocaya.com
Mimi's Tacos And French Fries1155 S Jefferson Sthttps://www.tacosandfries.com
Mis Tacos4308 W Marquette Rdhttp://mis-tacos.com
Moe's Southwest Grill750 South Halsted Streethttps://locations.moes.com/il/chicago/750-south-halsted-street
Mom's Old Recipe5760 N Milwaukee Avehttps://www.momsoldrecipemexicanrestaurant.com
Pancho Pistolas700 W 31st Sthttp://lunaroja.org
Pastes Y Empanadas Golden Tuzo5648 W Diversey Avehttp://pastesyempanadas.com
Peeples Taco Place5944 W Chicago Avehttps://www.peeplestaco.com
Pekes Pozole4720 S Pulaski Rdhttps://pekespozole.us
Pepe's Mexican Restaurant11652 S Western Avehttps://pepes.com/013/pepes-mexican-food-restaurants-chicago-il.php
Pepe' s Mexican Restaurant6336 111th Sthttps://pepes.com/041/pepes-mexican-food-restaurants-chicago-ridge-il.php
Pepe's Mexican Restaurant1325 W 15th Sthttps://pepes.com/privacy-statement-pepes-mexican-restaurants-food-chicago.php
Phlavz717 W Maxwell Sthttp://phlavz.com
Pink Taco431 N Wells Sthttps://pinktaco.com/locations/chicago
Pueblo108 N State Sthttp://www.pueblochicago.com
Q Sazon Mexican Restaurant8451 S Pulaski Rdhttp://qsazon.com/contacts
Qdoba Mexican Eats100 N Lasalle St,Suite 100https://locations.qdoba.com/us/il/chicago/100-n-lasalle-st.html
Qdoba Mexican Eats175 W Jackson St,Ste 103https://locations.qdoba.com/us/il/chicago/175-w-jackson-st.html
Quesadilla Monarca3645 One Half W 83rd Plhttp://orderquesadillamonarca.com
Sabas Vega Carnitas Restaurant1808 S Ashland Avehttp://www.donrafarestaurants.com
Sal's Pizza & Authentic Mexican Food10653 S Pulaski Rdhttps://www.salspizzaandmexicanfood.com
Simon's Tacos4263 N Milwaukee Avehttps://www.simonstacos.com
Su Casa Mexican Restaurant49 E Ontario Sthttp://www.sucasamexican.com
Su Taqueria El Rey Del Taco1676 W Ogden Avehttps://www.sutaqueriaelreydeltaco.com
Taco Bell444 Chicago Ridge Mallhttps://locations.tacobell.com/il/chicago-ridge/444-chicago-ridge-mall.html
Taco Bell500 W. Madison Avehttps://locations.tacobell.com/il/chicago/500-w--madison-ave.html
Taco Bell Cantina941 W Randolph Sthttps://locations.tacobell.com/il/chicago/941-w-randolph-st.html
Taco Bros833 W CHICAGO Avehttps://www.tacobroschicago.com
Taco Burrito King811 W Jackson Blvdhttp://www.tacoburritoking.com
Taco Burrito King-Il5601 S Harlem Ave Ste 3http://www.tacoburritoking.com
Taco Fresco29 N Wacker Drhttp://tacofresco.com
Taco Lulu601 W Adams Sthttp://tacolulu.com
Taco Maya823 S State Sthttp://tacomaya.com
Taconazo El Tio3529 W Fullerton Avehttp://ordertaconazoeltio.com/index.php
Tacos Don Cuco1847 W 47th Sthttp://www.doncuco.com
Taqueria1 N Halsted Sthttp://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/westloop
Taqueria 4 Hermanos2820 W 55th Sthttp://www.taqueria-4-hermanos.business.site
Taqueria Atotonilco1637 S Blue Island Avehttp://taqueriasatotonilco.com
Taqueria Los Comales1544 W 18th Sthttp://www.loscomales.com
Taqueria Maravatio2618 W 59th Sthttp://taqueriamaravatio.com/index.html
Tecalitlan Mexican Kitchen & Margarita Bar1538 N Clybournhttp://tecachicago.com
The Bar 10 Doors1259 W Taylor Sthttp://www.thebar10doors.com
The Outpost Mexican Eatery520 W Harrison Sthttps://theoutpostmexicaneatery.com/about
Topolobampo445 N Clark St Ste Ihttp://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/topolobampo
Tortas Frontera By Rick BaylessTerminal 3,near Gate K4http://tortasfrontera.com
Tortazo233 S Wacker Drhttps://www.tortazo.com/locations
Tzuco720 N State Sthttps://www.tzuco.com
Uncle Julio s855 W North Avehttps://unclejulios.com/locations/chicago
Velvet Taco910 W Randolph Sthttps://www.velvettaco.com/location/fulton-market
Xoco449 N Clark Sthttps://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/xoco
Yolanda s Restaurant3058 S Central Park Avehttps://yolandasrestaurantchicago.webstarts.com
Zacatacos3949 W 71st Sthttp://www.zacatacos.com
Zacatecas Restaurant5037 W Diversey Avehttp://zacatecasrestaurant.com

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