Six tacos to try while you’re in Austin for SXSW

Elisabeth Dillon

South By Southwest wouldn’t be complete without an overload of tacos. Tacos are an Austin staple, and, whether you’re a local or just visiting for SXSW, they’re the key to making any day amazing. The Daily Texan compiled a list of six of the best tacos in Austin to satisfy any craving. 

Migas Tacos — Veracruz All Natural

Veracruz All Natural is a Tex-Mex joint just east of I-35 that serves up migas tacos that can’t be missed. The creaminess of the avocado paired with the crunchiness of the tortilla chips is a true breakfast taco dream.

Tortas de Coliflor — Papalote Taco House

Always a top critic’s choice, Papalote Taco House serves up your best vegetarian taco option with their tortas de coliflor — a cauliflower cake topped with cabbage, avocado and huajillo sauce. The taco comes with queso fresco, the cheese that elevates it to the next level. 

Barbacoa Taco — Joe’s Bakery

It doesn’t get much more authentic than Joe’s Bakery — and the prices are pretty killer too. For $1.99, you can get a stellar barbacoa breakfast taco and add extra toppings for only 40 cents more per topping. Toppings include items such as rice, beans, eggs and potatoes. Lucky for you, breakfast is served all day long, so you’re free to head to Joe’s after that keynote you’ve been waiting on.

Cowboy Taco — Tacodeli

You can find Tacodeli breakfast tacos at joints across Austin, but its best non-breakfast taco can only be found at its actual locations. The cowboy taco is packed with beef tenderloin with grilled corn, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, guac and queso fresco.

Al Pastor — Rosita’s Al Pastor

When you get out of a secret show around 2 a.m., head to Rosita’s Al Pastor trailer for its signature al pastor taco. Pastor is a traditional marinated pork dish originally from Mexico, and Rosita’s keeps it classic with all of its al pastor options. Be sure to ask for sweet pineapple to go with your taco. Tortillas are made fresh daily to really kick up the ante.

La Fresa — Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon

This drive-thru taco joint serves up the only chicken taco you’ll find on this list. Fresa’s classic la fresa taco is piled with achiote chicken, avocado, cotija cheese, white onion, cabbage and cilantro. It’s a bit steep at $4.25, but you’ll taste the difference in their locally sourced chicken.