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Best Tacos in Toronto

Best Tacos in Toronto

If you ever find yourself constantly daydreaming about tacos, then know that you’re not alone. Whether it’s the irresistible allure of a perfectly seasoned filling or the satisfying crunch of a well-made tortilla, the taco obsession is real in Toronto.

So, let’s explore the best taco spots the city has to offer – because when life hands you lemons, it’s time to trade them for limes and top off your tacos!

Seven Lives

Website: Seven Lives

Instagram: Seven Lives Tacos 🌮 (@sevenlivesto)

Address: 72 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K2

Hours: Mon-Sun: 12 PM–7 PM

Contact: Seven Lives

Seven Lives, a famed Kensington Market taco joint since 2012, is renowned for its Baja-style fish tacos – particularly the lighter, non-breaded ones with sautéed halibut in Mexican spices. Catering mostly to seafood enthusiasts, their menu evolves daily. 

They’re known for their signature Gobernador, featuring house-smoked tuna, grilled shrimp, and cheese. Meat lovers can indulge in pork tacos– al pastor, carnitas, etc. –while vegetarians may savor a rich mushroom and cactus option. 

Pro Tip:
Anticipate enjoying your tacos on the move, as seating is quite limited inside. We suggest ordering your tacos to-go and going for a stroll through Kensington Market, savoring Baja-style goodness while seeing the local sights!

Itacate

Facebook: Itacate | Toronto ON

Instagram: Itacate (@itacate_to)

Address: 998 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E 1A2

Hours: Wed-Sat: 12:30 PM–8:30 PM

Contact: (647) 701-0420

Itacate, a charming family-run taqueria located inside a butcher shop, exudes the authenticity of Mexico City. We love their famous gringa, a bar taco-quesadilla variant, which showcases tender and juicy al pastor-marinated pork with pineapple.

You can customize your feast with chopped onions, cilantro, hot sauce, and authentic guac, featuring a spicy kick from jalapeños. For a sweet finish, we highly recommend their tres leches and flan, which are to die for – enjoy them there or have them to-go.

Pro Tip:
Since seating is currently limited, we recommend going for the cozy picnic table at the front—ideal for sharing, though it accommodates just a few. They also have additional high stools along a window ledge that offer a snug perch for a quick bite. 

La Chilaca

Website: La Chilaca

Instagram: La Chilaca Taqueria – Kensington Market on Instagram

Address: 214 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L6

Hours: Mon-Sun: 11 AM–8 PM

Contact: (416) 598-4603

Nestled in Kensington Market, La Chilaca is a small taqueria with a big impact. Offering an easy text-to-order system, their menu features delicious protein options, including tofu, shrimp, fish, carnitas, beef, and chorizo for both burritos and tacos. 

You should try their signature items like the shrimp taco with poblano peppers, onion, cheese, and Mexican cream. Or, their Chilaca taco featuring your preferred protein, chilaca pepper, and cheese—served on their distinctive checkered paper.

Vegetarian options further enhance the inclusive menu.

Pro Tip:
This place is not just for satisfying those casual taco cravings. For music lovers, we suggest heading to the back of La Chilaca for their charming outdoor bar and live Latin music on weekends.

Comal Y Canela

Website: Comal Y Canela

Instagram: COMAL Y CANELA (@comalycanela)

Address: 1692B Jane St, York, ON M9N 2S4

Hours: Mon-Tue: 8 AM–10 PM

  Thurs-Sun: 8 AM–10 PM

Contact: (647) 689-4694

Comal y Canela –a “made from scratch” kitchen– delivers the warmth of an abuelita or tia’s home, serving slow-cooked dishes that preserve Mexican heritage. It offers Mexican fare from tamales, sopes, quesadillas to birria tacos. 

We love their homemade tortillas, cooked on a traditional comal griddle. Its namesake, Canela, or Ceylon cinnamon, infuses its aromatic touch into everything from their creamy and delicious horchatas to their yummy enchiladas. 

The space radiates character with Mexican mementos and hand-decorated Talavera pottery adorning the walls, reminiscent of the owner’s hometown, Atlixco. 

Pro Tip:
We suggest amping up your experience at Comal y Canela by dunking their golden, crispy taco into their delicious consomé broth. Top it off with diced white onion, cilantro, lime wedges, and your favorite homemade salsa!

Birria Catrina

Website: Birria Catrina

Instagram: Birria Catrina🌮 (@birriacatrinatoronto)

Address: 214 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L6

Hours: Mon-Tue, Thurs, Sun: 12 PM–8 PM

 Wednesday: 11 AM–8 PM

 Fri-Sat: 12 PM–9 PM

Contact: (647) 532-7104

Birria Catrina is a cozy stall that brings Mexico’s beloved slow-cooked meat stew to Toronto. Co-owned by the dynamic duo, Abraham Luna and Lluvia Minton, this pint-sized spot is making waves with its specialty – flavorful beef birria. 

While goat is a traditional choice, it serves up the beef version inspired by the bustling birria stalls in Jalisco. Abraham, a seasoned birria maestro, infuses the beef with spices like cumin and thyme, slow-cooking it for over three hours. 

Their secret? Skimming off the rich fatty layer to blend with tortilla-frying oil – yum!

Pro Tip:
Due to its location in the bustling Kensington Market alongside other eateries, Birria Catrina tends to get crowded. For a hassle-free meal, get a to-go order to enjoy your tacos comfortably without space constraints.

Tacos 101

Website: Tacos 101

Instagram: Tacos101 (@tacos101_to)

Address: 178 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1L8

Hours: Tue-Thurs, Sun: 12 PM–7 PM

  Fri-Sat: 12 PM–9 PM

Contact: (416) 340-0101

Guess who’s back after a brief hiatus? Tacos 101! The taqueria, ousted by a downtown condo development, has resurfaced with a spot in Kensington Market, where owner Julio Campos proudly describes it as a Mexican street-style taqueria. 

The star of the show is a  hypnotically spinning pork shoulder, slow-roasting on a spit with a hat of onion and pineapple, destined for the al pastor taco, its crowd-pleaser.

They’re also known for their generous portions of meat and toppings. 

The place offers a peaceful retreat—no long queues or blaring music. Do note that since it has no tables, you’re required to stand or perch on a high stool.

Pro Tip:
Before liberally adding their hot sauce, we recommend testing a small amount first—trust us, it packs quite a spicy punch!

Enchilados Taquería

Website: Enchilados Taqueria

Instagram: Enchilados Taqueria (@enchilados_taqueria)

Address: 1993 Keele St, York, ON M6M 3Y3

Hours: Wed-Sat: 12:30 PM–9:30 PM

Contact: (647) 245-3663

For those who are craving special steamed tacos, Enchilados Taqueria is the ultimate go-to spot. Owned by Desiree and Tomas Reyes—originating from Mexico and Ecuador, respectively—their culinary venture blends both cultures.

Try their tender tacos al vapor, which has a chili oil-infused flavor. Prepared fresh each morning and served with onion, cilantro, and fresh lime, the fillings—green salsa pork, adobo pork, chicharron, and refried beans—deliver a burst of authentic Mexican taste. 

Pro Tip:
Don’t miss out on Enchilados Taqueria’s tasty Mexican sweets – they’ve got churro-like treats from Buñuelo Mío and fresh-fruit popsicles by Hielito Bits.

El Sazon de la Tia Flor 

Website: El Sazón de la Tía Flor

Instagram: Flor López (@elsazondelatiaflor)

Address: 1698 Eglinton Ave W, York, ON M6E 2H5

Hours: Tue-Wed: 2 PM–9 PM

  Thurs-Sun: 10 AM–7 PM

Contact: (416) 689-2450

El Sazón de la Tía Flor, a newcomer that emerged during the pandemic, is a labor of love from two Mexican women aiming to bring the flavors of Guadalajara to Toronto. Good news for those on a budget – they offer $1 tacos every Tuesday and Wednesday.

It showcases Mexican dishes featuring proteins like carnitas, chicken, beef, steak, and mushrooms, all tucked into a corn tortilla with your choice of onions and sauce. They also craft everything in-house, from various spices to a trio of onions and hot sauces. 

Pro Tip:
You should make Mondays a must at El Sazón de la Tía Flor due to their traditional Mexican specials. These feature family-sized portions of rotating proteins, rice, and beans –  perfect for intimate family dinners!

El Trompo Taco Bar & Cactus Grill

Website: El Trompo

Instagram: El Trompo (@eltrompo)

Address: 277 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L7

Hours: Tue-Sun: 11 AM–8:30 PM

Contact: (416) 260-0097

Another hidden gem in Kensington Market is El Trompo. Offering generous portions at fantastic value, its ample outdoor seating is the ideal spot to unwind during a bustling day exploring the market – as a bonus, dogs are welcome!

Each order comes with five flavorful tacos, featuring standouts like chicken tinga, homemade chorizo, and the iconic al pastor with its pork-roasting spit making a cameo in their logo. We also suggest quenching your thirst with their authentic Mexican beer.

Pro Tip:
We recommend choosing their refreshing pico de gallo topping—it’s an effectively zingy palate cleanser. While the queso may leave you wanting more in terms of flavor, its super stringy texture comes with tortillas. 

Sinaloa Factory

Website: Sinaloa Factory

Instagram: Sinaloa Factory (@sinaloafactory)

Address: 551 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P7

Hours: Monday: 3 PM–9 PM

  Tue-Thurs: 12 PM–9 PM

  Friday: 12 PM–12 AM

  Saturday: 9 AM–12 AM

  Sunday: 9 AM–8 PM

Contact: (416) 462-0000

The Sinaloa Factory offers 100% Culichi flavor—an ode to the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. Specializing in seafood dishes – a cornerstone of Sinaloa’s culinary identity– since 2020, it seamlessly blends Mexican ingredients with Japanese techniques. 

Among the highlights is their elaborate Birria plate, presenting braised beef, beef broth, tortillas, cilantro, white onions, limes, and a spicy house sauce. We also love their tempura-style shrimp tacos, featuring shredded lettuce and homemade chipotle sauce.

Pro Tip:
If you love birria tacos like us, then don’t miss out on the Monday special at Sinaloa Factory, where you can enjoy 2 for 1 birria tacos! It’s a fantastic deal, allowing you to savor the rich flavors of Sinaloa at such a great value.

Barrio Cerveceria

Website: Barrio Cerveceria

Instagram: Barrio Cerveceria (@barrioonqueen)

Address: 884 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1J3

Hours: Mon-Sun: 12 PM–9:30 PM

Contact: (647) 352-0884

Founded by brothers Howard and Oscar in 2016, Barrio Cerveceria is a haven for those seeking homemade traditional Mexican food and cocktails. Located conveniently along the Queen Street streetcar route, Barrio boasts two inviting outdoor patios.

You should get their uniquely flavorful Camerones Endiablados taco, bursting with shrimp, grilled pineapple, guacamole, lettuce, and a smoky sauce. Another highlight is their Chihuahua taco, showcasing beer-battered chihuahua cheese and serrano aioli

Pro Tip:
While Barrio Cerveceria doesn’t accept reservations for the patio, you can minimize your wait time by visiting during non-busy hours. In fact, our experience in the late afternoon and early dinner hours on a Saturday showed no wait at all.

Latin World Store

Website: Latin World

Instagram: Latin World Toronto (@latinworld.toronto)

Address: 1229 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N6

Hours: Mon-Sun: 9 AM–11 PM

Contact: (416) 603-3311

Latin World is a quaint independent grocery store and restaurant rolled into one. The tacos here are pretty straightforward, featuring simple toppings and generous fillings – don’t forget to amp up the heat with their Molcajete salsa.

For taco enthusiasts, look out for their daily specials, including the unbeatable $1 taco deals – Chorizo on Mondays, Carnitas on Tuesdays, Al Pastor on Wednesdays, or De Canasta on Fridays. They even provide a generous serving of free homemade chips! 

Beyond tacos, Latin World offers pantry essentials like chilis, masa, hot sauce, and more. 

Pro Tip:
If you’re craving $1 tacos from Latin World, save time and skip the wait by calling ahead to place your order for convenient pick-up. Whether you choose to walk in or pre-order, each taco delight comes complete with salsa verde, Roja, and fresh lime.