Top 9 Taquerias in Cancun

The tongue can taste between 4 to 6 sensations, depending on who you ask. However, most of us really only care about food that’s sweet, salty, savory, and just a little sour. An incredibly small amount of sourness, like a lemon or lime. Tacos can delight all of your taste buds, based on how they’re made. Crunchy flour tortilla shells, zesty carne asada, tangy sour cream – our mouth is starting to water just writing about tacos.

Taquerias are restaurants that specialize in tacos. We’re not talking about the kind you might find at the supermarket or at a fast-food chain. Oh no, Taquerias are the real deal. The following are our Top 9 Taquerias in Cancun. No lie, you might honestly fall in love with these places. Before you go head over heels at a taco joint, stow your extra gear and shopping bags at a luggage storage locker.

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Taqueria Coapenitos

Great tasting, reasonably priced tacos are hard to come by. Typically, you’ll find a restaurant that has one or the other. But there’s nothing typical about Taqueria Coapenitos. This taco stand serves delicious food at attractive prices. The tacos al pastor is a fan-favorite dish, but you can’t go wrong with chorizo or pulled pork tacos either. You can also add a dash of lime and an icy beverage without breaking the bank.

Taco y Tequila

The name says it all with Taco y Tequila. Fantastic food and refreshing drinks are always on order. You can’t just take one sip of their watermelon margarita. You also can’t just nibble on their pibil tacos either.

This place is simply enchanting and the scenery at Taco y Tequila is genuinely breathtaking. This taqueria is worth a visit.

El Socio Naiz Taquería

First impressions go a long way towards making unforgettable experiences. El Socio Naiz Taquería likely agrees with this idea, as they’ve put a lot of effort into wowing first-time visitors.

The first thing you’ll see is a massive billboard with this taqueria’s name in glowing letters. The first thing you’ll smell is hand-rolled tortillas and perfectly grilled steak, chicken, and shrimp. The first thing you’ll taste, well, that’s entirely up to you. But you can’t go wrong with items on offer at this wonderful fusion restaurant.

Maki Taco

While we’re talking about fusion food, we’d be mortified if we didn’t mention Maki Taco. This beloved taqueria blends traditional Asian dishes with Mexican cuisine. Teriyaki chicken tacos, Hibachi-style plates, and spicy sushi rolls are just a few of the innovative items on their menu.

Cancun simply adores this place – if the countless glowing reviews and awards are anything to go by. You can find this establishment near Playa Langosta, as the Oasis Hotel.

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El Oasis Mariscos

Speaking of oases (weird transition, we know), we don’t want to leave out this gem. El Oasis Mariscos is the name, and savory seafood is the game. Shrimp skewers, fish tacos, seared fillets – it’s all here and it all tastes amazing.

A running trend among many taquerias is affordability. This taco joint also keeps that trend alive. The idea is to buy in bulk; you could buy one taco for a dollar – or you could buy ten of those bad boys for about $12.

Gory Tacos

We know what you’re probably thinking; “Wait a sec, their tacos are gory?! Yikes!” Well, hold your horses. The name “Gory Tacos” is an expression. Their food won’t upset your stomach but it’ll delight your taste buds.

Ask anyone in Cancun where you can find some of the best steak tacos in the city. They’ll recommend Gory Taco. The atmosphere is fun, the food is affordable, and the drinks are a real treat. There’s nothing to be scared of at this restaurant, except maybe eating too much delicious food.

Carnitas Michoacan

Mexican cuisine is incredibly diverse. There are vast differences between dishes based on which region you’re in. Michoacan is a Mexican city that’s about as far away from Cancun as you can get. However, Michoacan cuisine is incredibly popular all around the country.

Enter Carnitas Michoacan. This restaurant brings flavors from its titular city all the way to Cancun. You can stock up on dozens upon dozens of tacos, as well as traditional dishes like pozole. Food can connect people, even if they’re hundreds of miles apart. Carnitas Michoacan is proof of that.

Caminero Tacos Cancun

Sometimes, simplicity is the best policy. Tacos are exactly that; they’re very easy to make, yet they taste incredible. Caminero Tacos Cancun keeps their menu very simple and that’s the beauty of it. This establishment specializes in chicken, beef, and pork tacos.

All of them taste great, but the pork tacos in particular have gotten rave reviews over the years. Combine delectable tacos with a friendly, breezy atmosphere and you’ve got Caminero Tacos Cancun in a nutshell. Or, in this case, a corn tortilla shell.

El Polilla

Last but not least, we have something of a hidden gem. “El Polilla” means “the moth” in Spanish. Just like a moth, this restaurant is somewhat secluded and likes fire. The fires of their grills, that is. By far, this taqueria is one of our favorite places to order shredded meat tacos – or “carnitas”. Pulled pork, shredded beef, diced chicken – take your pick, we promise that you’ll love El Polilla’s tacos.

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