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!
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!
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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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 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!
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
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More Than the Best Chicago Mexican Restaurants
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