Digging Up The Best Tacos In Portland: Our Top 10 For 2022

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Written By John @ The Portlandist

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Whether you’re celebrating “Taco Tuesday” or you’re simply in search of a quick, portable meal or snack, Portland has a wealth of restaurants, cafés and food carts that offer almost endless iterations of these tasty tortillas stuffed with a variety of fillings. From authentic Mexican birria to trendy vegan recipes, keep reading to discover the 10 best places to enjoy top-notch tacos in the Rose City.

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The Best Tacos in Portland Oregon

Below is our picks for the top 10 best Tacos in Portland Oregon. To snap directly to a specific location, please click the corresponding link in the list below.

  1. Robo Taco
  2. Por Que No
  3. Taqueria Nueve
  4. Los Gorditos
  5. El rinconcito michoacano
  6. Birrieriala plaza
  7. Tight Tacos
  8. Panaderia Mexicana Cinco de Mayo
  9. Taquería Los Puñales
  10. La Tia Juana

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10. Robo Taco

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Launched in 2011, Robo Taco celebrates the happy union of flavors from Mexico and California, brought together by owner Jason Price. What this small eatery lacks in size, it easily makes up for with personality, both in its eclectic décor and extensive menu. 

Robo Taco features two categories of tacos: “street tacos,” served in pairs on soft corn tortillas with diced onion and cilantro ($3 to $5), and giant soft tacos, made on an 8-inch flour tortilla with your choice of protein, jack cheese, pico de gallo, crema and shredded romaine lettuce ($8). 

Standouts in the street taco category include a barbacoa taco made with braised spicy beef chuck from Central Oregon’s Painted Hills Ranch; a chicken taco stuffed with chunks of grilled Draper Valley chicken thighs sizzling with a smoky ancho chile and sour orange marinade; and a mushroom taco overflowing with locally-harvested Black Pearl and Silver Oyster mushrooms that have been slow-simmered in ancho chile tomato sauce. If you’re a flour tortilla fan, try the Asada Giant Soft Taco packed with seasoned diced chuck from Painted Hills Ranch or the Faux Pastor Giant Soft Taco, a vegan take on the traditional pork classic featuring marinated soy curls and fresh pineapple. 

In addition to tacos, Robo Taco also offers more than a dozen varieties of burrito, including an overstuffed breakfast burrito guaranteed to keep you going for hours, thanks to its layers of your choice of protein, organic pinto or black beans, cage-free scrambled egg, home fries, jack cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream. Multiple iterations of nachos, quesadillas and side dishes round out the menu, and to quench your thirst, you can choose from several flavors of Jarritos fruit sodas, horchata, limeade, Mexican Coke and slushies with an optional shot of tequila or mezcal. 

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607 SE Morrison Street, Portland, Oregon 97214


9. Por Que No

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This casual, counter-service café features some of the best Mexican street food in Portland, which customers can enjoy in the spacious dining room, outdoor patio or at home via delivery or takeout. Por Qué No prides itself on incorporating a wealth of locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients in its dishes, including dairy products from Ochoa’s Queseria in Albany, Oregon; pork, beef and chicken from Cascade Farms in Turner, Oregon; masa from Three Sisters Nixtamal in Portland; and wild-caught shrimp and cod. 

The tacos at Por Qué No are served as single units priced from $4.25 to $5.50, all built on a house-made corn tortilla. The lower end of the budget spectrum includes options like Pollo Verde, featuring chicken braised in tomatillo salsa and topped with salsa verde, onions and cilantro, and Hongas Y Papas, a hearty mix of roasted potatoes and portabella mushrooms sautéed with jalapeño and poblano peppers and topped with roasted garlic habanero crema, queso fresco and cilantro.

At the midrange level, try the Barbacoa, filled with juicy beef brisket braised inside banana leaves in a three-chile salsa and crowned with pickled red onions, cilantro and crema. Seafood options mark the high end of the pricing scale, topping out with the Camarones taco, a tortilla overflowing with zesty sautéed wild shrimp and spicy serrano salsa, paired with the cooling elements of crema and cilantro alongside the crunch of cabbage, onion and pineapple. 

In addition to tacos, Por Qué No’s menu includes a section of antojitos (snacks) like housemade chips with salsa or guacamole, flautas, ceviche and cucumbers spiced with freshly-squeezed lime juice, a sprinkle of chile salt, cabbage and pico de gallo. A handful of larger dishes, including tamales and a burrito bowl, are available under the “Más” category, and an impressive selection of margaritas, cervezas and non-alcoholic beverages will quench your thirst as you devour your meal. 

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4635 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97215


8. Taqueria Nueve

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Open for dinner only, this trendy taqueria is best known in the region for its taco featuring crispy wild boar carnitas, but all of its street-style tacos are extraordinary in their own right. Each handheld delight is built on a freshly-made corn tortilla and layered with a variety of creative fillings. Options include barbacoa (Painted Hills beef brisket braised in banana leaf with Negra Modelo and chiles), lengua (roasted and grilled St. Helens beef tongue), tinga de pollo (Bare Farms chicken simmered in mild red chile sauce and finished with crema), pescado (sautéed Alaskan True Cod with chiles, cabbage and crema) and calabacitas (roasted spaghetti squash, avocado sauce, pickled red onion and pepitas). Each taco will run you $4.55 to $5.55, allowing for endless mixing and matching to satisfy your appetite. 

Beyond tacos, Taqueria Nueve does a masterful job with traditional entrées like smoky, creamy chile relleno, the bright flavors of enchiladas verdes, enmoladas layered with a rich, mole negro Oaxaqueno sauce and tamales prepared in the Yucatecan style, with chile braised chicken, salsa roja, crema, cotija and fresh cabbage packed tightly into a roasted banana leaf. And be sure to save room for Taqueria Nueve’s excellent elotes: grilled sweet corn rolled in a creamy, spicy blend of mayonnaise, cotija cheese and chile pequin.

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727 SE Washington Street, Portland, Oregon 97214


7. Los Gorditos

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For more than 15 years, the Cruz family has shared its legendary Mexican food with the Portland community. What began as a single small food truck in 2006 has since expanded to a five-location empire across the region, establishing a devoted following of diners enamored with their tacos, burritos and special plates. 

The Los Gorditos menu has something to please even the pickiest eaters, with a multitude of options for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike. The signature street tacos start with fresh corn tortillas filled with your choice of protein (pork al pastor, pork carnitas, carne asada, beef head, chorizo, shredded beef, steak and grilled onion, chicken al pastor, grilled tilapia and shrimp) along with a sprinkle of onion and cilantro. The same tacos can be made quesa style with a layer of melted cheese. The menu also features an extensive selection of vegetarian street tacos, including a veggie fajitas taco filled with beans, rice and grilled onions and peppers; a veggie “soyrizo” taco with spicy chorizo-style vegan crumbles, beans, onion and cilantro; and the veggie tofu taco with tofu, grilled fajita veggies, beans, onion and cilantro.

Beyond tacos, Los Gorditos offers almost two dozen types of burritos, including the overstuffed Garbage Burrito, a flour tortilla packed with chicken, beef, pork, beans, rice, cheese, sour cream, red and green salsa, onion and cilantro, and the filling Picadillo Burrito, made from a hearty mix of ground beef and potatoes, beans, rice, cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, onion and cilantro. A long list of special plates (made with either meat or vegan components) includes tortas, sopes, nachos, tostadas, enchiladas, chile rellenos, fajitas and empanadas, just to name a few. 

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1212 SE Division St, Portland, Oregon 97202


6. El Rinconcito Michoacano

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This colorful eatery is stationed inside the sprawling La Tapatia Market, so you can stock up on fresh produce, baked goods and pantry staples after you fill your belly with delicious tacos, burritos and other Mexican delicacies. 

El Rinconcito Michoacáno serves classic street tacos with your choice of asada, pastor, carnitas, tripe, lengua and cabeza fillings in a soft corn tortilla garnished with onions and cilantro, and at $1.50 to $2 each, you can sample each one without breaking the bank. However, if it’s comfort food you seek, opt for the tacos al vapor, which are steamed and stuffed with chicharron, beans, mashed potatoes or shredded beef.

Beyond tacos, the extensive menu includes burritos, tortas, quesadillas, gorditas, huaraches and sopes (small discs of fried masa topped with beans, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, sour cream, cheese and your choice of meat). More than a dozen combo plates round out the offerings; this category features standouts like traditional Enchiladas Michoacanas (available Friday through Sunday only), Costillas (pork ribs blanketed in salsa verde, accompanied by beans, rice and homemade tortillas) and Mole (chicken swimming in thick, rich mole sauce, served with rice and homemade tortillas). Even the large combo plates are priced affordably, with no item exceeding the $14 mark, and you’re sure to leave pleasantly stuffed (or with a to-go box filled with leftovers to look forward to later). 

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18330 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon 97233


5. Birrierialaplaza

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Since launching in 2019, this beloved food cart near downtown Gresham has cultivated a fan following for its mouthwatering tacos de birria, made from a decades-old recipe perfected by the family’s matriarch, Doña Sofia. 

The dish starts with cuts of beef, slow-simmered for hours in rich broth spiced with guajillo and pasilla chiles. Once the meat reaches tender perfection, it’s loaded onto a corn tortilla with cilantro and onion and is best enjoyed dipped into a cup of the leftover consommé. Quesabirria tacos incorporate cheese into this indulgent treat and are finished on a flat-top grill for a delightfully crispy bite. 

The cart’s legendary birria is also served in burritos, tostadas, quesadillas and platos with Mexican rice and beans. Indecisive diners can go for the Plaza Plate, which includes a quesadilla, a mulita, a taco and a tostada, along with a side of consommé for dipping. It’s an excellent value that will leave you simultaneously stuffed and longing for more. 

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600 SE 146th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97233


4. Tight Tacos

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Tight Tacos straddles the line between traditional and trendy, serving authentic Mexican fare from time-tested family recipes that it touts as “Portland’s most gramable tacos,” referring to their frequent appearances on the popular social media platform. 

Tacos are crafted with handmade, freshly-pressed gluten-free corn tortillas and filled with a variety of meats, vegetables and vegan alternatives. The eatery’s most popular selections include Carnitas (slow-braised pork topped with pickled onions); Asada (seared steak); Impastor (cauliflower marinated in al pastor sauce, roasted and topped with pineapples); and Forever Veg (a zesty blend of pasilla peppers, bell peppers, onions and corn).

Other social media-ready dishes at Tight Tacos include the oversized “Hellarito,” a massive flour tortilla packed with your choice of protein, nacho cheese, crema, onions, cilantro and house fries, and “Quesatacos,” corn tortillas filled with cheese, onion and cilantro and grilled until crispy. Add birria de res inside and a side of consommé for an extra-indulgent treat. 

The beverage menu is just as outrageous as the food, led by a concoction of Pueblo Viejo 100% Agave Tequila, fresh squeezed lime, lemon juice, orange juice, triple sec and simple syrup known as the “Hellarita.” Non-alcoholic refreshments include horchata, agua fresca, Jarritos, Mexican Coke and Topo Chico. 

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3060 SE Division Street Portland, Oregon, 97202
Portland OR 97232


3. Panaderia Mexicana Cinco de Mayo

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This humble hole-in-the-wall is home to a well-stocked Latin market alongside one of the best taquerias in Portland. You won’t find dozens of dishes on its bare-bones menu, but each of the half-dozen taco options is executed with consistent excellence. The charred edges on its asada and carnitas lend depth and texture to each bite, while the succulent al pastor owes its unforgettable flavor to its unique pineapple and guajillo marinade. While the food and atmosphere may lack the glamor favored by Instagram gourmands, the taste and authenticity you’ll discover at Panaderia Mexicana Cinco de Mayo far exceed anything you could capture in a mere photo. 

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8416 SE 32nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon – 97222


2. Taquería Los Puñales

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Unlike many of its competitors, whose tacos and burritos tend to be filled with grilled or roasted meats and veggies, Taqueria Los Puñales specializes in tacos guisados, where stews and braised meats take center stage. Handmade corn tortillas are layered with more than two dozen filling, flavorful concoctions: shredded chicken braised in savory mole poblano sauce and topped with lime-pickled red onion; pork loin marinated in spicy adobo sauce and garnished with cilantro and onion; a sauteed vegetable medley topped with queso fresco; beef shoulder tenderloin and potatoes braised in “grandma’s specialty stew.” 

Most of the taco fillings can also be served in bowl form with rice and beans, and a handful of desserts—flan, tres leches and gourmet fruit pops by local Popsicle purveyor Ice Queen—round out the menu. Several aguas frescas, vegan horchata, locally-made kombucha, Mexican Coke and multiple flavors of Jarritos are on hand to quench your thirst.  

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3312 SE Belmont Street, Portland, Oregon 97214


1. La Tia Juana

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This welcoming neighborhood eatery prides itself on serving high-quality Mexican fare in a welcoming atmosphere with staff that feels like family. 

Its Tijuana-style tacos are fresh and flavorful, starting with the house-made tortillas crafted from locally-sourced masa. We recommend the al pastor version, which combines spit-roasted pork and the sweet bite of pineapple and avocado salsa on a soft corn tortilla. La Tia Juana is also one of only a handful of restaurants offering tacos al vapor, which are softly steamed and filled with rich meats like lengua and cabeza. 

Beyond tacos, the menu features a wide variety of other traditional dishes: burritos, quesadillas, mulitas, tortas, fajitas, carne asada, birria en caldo and posole (just to name a few). If you’re craving Mexican comfort food, La Tia Juana has you covered. 

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18488 E Burnside Street, Portland, Oregon 97233


Our Final Thoughts: The Best Tacos in Portland Oregon

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