Tacos are some of the ultimate comfort food — a perfect appetizer, a centerpiece to a sit-down meal, or a satisfying on-the-go snack. Most tacos come with inexpensive price tags to match, making them a perfect meal any time of day. With that in mind, here are the best tacos in Nashville whether of the breakfast, Mexico City, Oaxacan, or Tex-Mex variety — some even with house-made corn tortillas or hand-cut tortilla chips.Read More
Here Are Nashville’s Top Tacos
Everything from breakfast tacos overflowing with chorizo and egg to tortillas topped with al pastor and barbacoa
North on Gallatin Road is El Jaliciense — a casual yet homey taco spot frequented by those on the east side of town. Highlights here include asada, chorizo, lengua, and pastor, not to mention delicious, dripping birria tacos.
You’ll find Southwest-style tacos at this East Nash destination, where Bryan Lee Weaver’s house-made flour tortillas envelop chopped brisket, pulled pork, and even whipped feta, with plenty of margaritas and Topo Chico to wash it all down. Keep an eye out for Redheaded Stranger’s Crunchwrap special — a riff on the Taco Bell classic and a local favorite.
Mas Tacos Por Favor
Teresa Mason parlayed her success with one of Nashville’s very first food trucks into a wildly popular East Nashville restaurant. Mas Tacos Por Favor serves affordable tacos and some of the best soups in the city, as well as interesting daily specials (think bacon-wrapped hot dogs and pickled cactus tacos with chorizo) and delicious drinks.
Known for the cheeky slogans on its outdoor signage, Rosepepper Cantina is also popular for the punchy margarita pitchers and Sonoran-style Mexican cuisine it’s been serving up since 2001. At Ernie Chaires’s East Nashville restaurant with an outdoor patio, you can opt to have the tortillas for your taco grill-fried or soft and stuffed with carne asada, grilled chicken, shredded beef, or tempura-fried white fish.
Maiz De La Vida
James Beard Award semifinalist Julio Hernandez caught the attention of the culinary world with the house-made tortillas he slings from a truck that’s now permanently parked outside of Chopper Tiki in East Nashville. He nixtamalizes, grinds, and presses heirloom corn tortillas that can withstand the heft of fillings ranging from green chile chicken to striped bass in a Topo Chico batter. But the true standout is his birria taco, ready to be dipped in a rich consomé and devoured alongside Chopper’s decadent tropical cocktails.
Cheap Charlie’s Taco Shop
With two locations — one in East Nashville and the other in the Nations — the taco shop formerly known as Five Points still serves some of the city’s best tacos out of a bright red trailer. The classic and veggie tacos at Cheap Charlie’s stand out, as do hand-cut tortilla chips.
This unassuming orange building in the Nations serves some of Nashville’s top tacos. Owners Jose and Maria Cepeda also welcome diners (he takes orders, she cooks) with solid pupusas and tlayudas (a traditional Oaxacan dish served on a toasted tortilla loaded up with toppings) that only add to the appeal. Ask for the chili and the verde sauces; both are nicely spicy. Just remember to bring cash.
San Antonio Taco Co.
Casual, affordable Tex-Mex is the name of the game at San Antonio Taco Co., a Midtown stalwart known to most as Satco. Long-time locals and even many visiting chefs love the low-priced bean and cheese tacos and fish tacos.
Tempo is owned by Texas-born percussionist Javier Solis and his family, who opened the shop in 2018. And if there’s one thing most Texans know well, it’s breakfast tacos. The Nolensville Pike shop offers nine true Texas breakfast taco iterations, including chorizo and egg, bacon and egg, sausage and egg, and potato and chorizo.
Nashville music industry vet Gabe Scott and longtime friends Andrew Wiseheart and Ben Edgerton own Ladybird Taco, a destination for breakfast tacos (and local Crema Coffee Roasters) inspired by Scott’s time spent in Texas taco joints. Check out the 12 South restaurant’s popular vegetarian tacos with grilled queso fresco, rajas, cabbage, and pico.
Just to get this out of the way: El Tapatio has three locations on Nolensville Pike. One is a bit farther south at 4801 Nolensville Pike, and is essentially a permanently parked food truck with a small dining room right next door. Across the street from the truck is a market called El Tapatio Super Mercado. And this one, sometimes called El Tapatio 2, is a more fully realized brick-and-mortar just north of the Nashville Zoo. They all offer similarly simple, straightforward tacos. No frills, just good food, and always a solid takeout option.
El Amigo Tacos y Mariscos
Situated in a former gas station, El Amigo has been a favorite taco stop for those in the know for years. The brightly colored space on Nolensville Road offers nearly a dozen choices including carne asada and steak. Pair them with an order of horchata and house-made guacamole for a truly outstanding taco experience
Taqueria San Luis
Look for the large street-side smokers before hitting I-24, and there you’ll find this gem of a taqueria and carniceria. Head to the walk-up window at Taqueria San Luis and order a round of traditional tacos such as carne asada, chorizo, and carnitas as well as something less common like cabeza or bucha.
Las Americas Market
Las Americas Market is half mercado, half restaurant. And while this Nolensville Pike spot is best known for its pupusas, the tacos here deserve just as much praise. You'll find all of the usual suspects done right, including al pastor, carne asada, lengua, and carnitas.