Tacos are synonymous with Mexico, a traditional and famous Mexican food eaten by hand that comes in all sorts of flavours, styles, and spiciness. The history of this simple but amazing dish dates back to before the Spanish arrived in Mexico with evidence that the natives made fish tacos early on in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico.
With that being said, the tacos in Tulum are no exception, and just as delicious as anywhere else you’ll find in southern Mexico. Tulum has an amazing variety of restaurants to try, but our favourite spots are still the taco places.
With styles like tacos al pastor, fish tacos, tacos dorados, tacos de asador, and many more – there is no shortage of tacos to try in this beautiful beach town. The following is our list of the most popular taco spots and our personal favourites.
The Best Tacos in Tulum
Taqueria La Rivera Costeña
Taqueria La Rivera Costeña is a popular two-floor taco restaurant and is known to have some of the best pastor tacos in Tulum. Locals tend to eat and hang out here, so you know it’s good – and affordable.
One of the most popular spots for tacos in Tulum and also an ideal place if you’re looking for a delicious Mexican-style desayuno, they’re serving up some tasty breakfast tacos here. There’s a long line and they close at 1:30 pm, so get here early!
Crazy Fish Tacos
Crazy Fish Tacos specializes in exactly what you’d expect – fish tacos that are crazy delicious. They also sell tacos de camarones (shrimp), pulpo (octopus), and even fish or shrimp burgers and burritos if you’re craving something larger.
Sin Yolanda Marycarmen
If you happen to be staying around the beach area and are craving some unique taco dishes, then Sin Yolanda Marycarmen should be on your list for great tacos in Tulum. Just look at the variety of mouthwatering tacos in the photo below.
As mentioned in our restaurant guide, this is one of our favourite budget restaurants in the town and for sure one of the best places for tacos in Tulum. It’s another great spot if you’re craving delicious tacos de pastor and they also sell delicious freshly-squeezed fruit juice to cool off on those hot days.
Who doesn’t love Taco Tuesdays? Well, potheads do, and Potheads on the beach serves up some of the best fish tacos in Tulum, with specials on Tuesdays. They are also famous for their “hangover” breakfast, with brunch from 7 am to 7 pm.
Antojitos La Chiapaneca
If you love Chiapas food, then you’ll love Taqueria La Chiapaneca, serving up some of the best tacos de pastor in town. A popular spot amongst locals is a hint that it’s delicious, and they also serve vegetarian options. They have lots of amazing salsas, and also Yucateca dishes that you’ll be sure to love.
Venture a bit upscale with Hartwood, a renowned restaurant that adheres to a farm-to-table and sea-to-table philosophy. Though famous for their ever-changing menu of local ingredients, it’s the humble taco that showcases Hartwood’s culinary prowess.
Whether it’s a fresh catch from the sea or locally sourced, organically grown vegetables, their handcrafted tacos are an explosion of fresh flavors that pay homage to Tulum’s rich culinary heritage. With dishes prepared on a hand-made wood-burning oven and grill, the tacos here are nothing short of artisanal masterpieces.
It’s a simple-sounding taco place, but don’t judge a book by its cover, this “pinches tacos” place is very trendy and popular – and for good reason. They only serve tacos, burritos, and nachos with your selection of either pork, beef, shrimp, or fish. Yes, they have vegan options too.
El Bajon Vegan Tacos
No list about tacos in Tulum would be complete without mentioning a vegan option of course. Apparently, the tacos taste very close to traditional ones – which is impressive considering the lack of meat.
Another rival for the ‘best pastor tacos in Tulum’, but we’ll let you decide which one is the best as there are many on this list. Either way – they are definitely delicious, especially for the price!
While Burrito Amor might be famous for their burritos, their innovative take on tacos is equally impressive. With gluten-free coconut tortillas and a variety of fillings like slow-cooked pork and sautéed vegetables, this place is perfect for health-conscious travelers or those with dietary restrictions. Their breakfast tacos with scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheese, all wrapped in their signature tortilla, are an excellent way to kick-start your day.
Tucked away in the lushness of Tulum’s jungle, Kitchen Table serves up a medley of locally sourced dishes, including some of the best gourmet tacos in the city. The eatery’s philosophy is “back to basics”, and this is evident in their taco offerings.
The standout is their octopus taco, which is prepared with a unique blend of local spices and cooked over a wood fire. Paired with their homemade hot sauces and a chilled local craft beer, it’s a culinary experience that’s quintessentially Tulum.
Best Tacos in Tulum Conclusion
Tulum, a culinary melting pot, with its wide array of taco spots, truly offers a gastronomical journey through the heart and soul of Mexican cuisine. As you navigate through the rustic streets, you’ll be lured by the smell of roasting meats, the sizzle of fresh fish, and the aroma of corn tortillas – culminating in a diverse and flavorful exploration of the city’s best tacos. With each bite, you’ll learn that a taco is not just a dish, but a way of life in Tulum.
Whether you’re a taco connoisseur, an adventurous foodie, or someone just looking for a quick bite to satisfy your hunger, Tulum’s vibrant taco scene has got you covered. So when in Tulum, follow the tantalizing aroma of freshly made tacos, and let your taste buds guide you on an unforgettable culinary adventure. After all, no trip to Mexico is complete without indulging in its most iconic dish. Happy Taco Trails!