Best Authentic Tacos in Palm Springs for 2022

Taco Tuesday? How about every day? Tacos are one of the most important staples of Mexican cuisine, and they come with all sorts of ingredients so they can be customized to your liking. If you’re in Palm Springs, California and are looking for the best taco shop, look no further as this list will tell you exactly where to go.

El Jefe at Saguaro

1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Just in general, El Jefe at The Saguaro Palm Springs loves Taco Tuesday so much that they’ve even started to celebrate Taco Thursdays because – as they say – one day a week is not enough! This is one of the greatest places to get any type of Mexican cuisine, but the restaurant’s tacos are by far one of the most popular items on the menu.

You won’t want to miss out on the shrimp tacos here, as the chef puts a unique twist on the dish by adding Spanish chorizo, avocado crema, radishes, and a sauce with a bit of a spicy kick. If you’re vegan, the vegan potato flautas tacos include cabbage, pico de gallo, a spicy sauce, and beer queso.

Other options include your typical tacos like chicken, carnitas, and carne asada, but they are all made with other special toppings to give them unique tastes. Of course, you can pair your tacos with cocktails, margaritas, beer, or wine.

Guacamole’s

555 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Guacamole’s on Sunrise Way is an excellent place to get a wide variety of Mexican staples, but their tacos are possibly the best things on the menu along with the manzanillo dessert, which is made with apples, sugar, and cinnamon. This restaurant is a great option for anyone who likes fish tacos, as the restaurant makes theirs special and lightly breads the Atlantic cod before putting it in the shells.

Vegetarians and vegans must try the spinach tacos, and adventurous eaters need to try the lengua (tongue) tacos. Most of the tacos on the menu are soft-shelled, but if you want hard shell tacos, these are available in chicken or beef varieties. Anyone looking for a healthier choice can opt for tortilla-less steak or chicken tacos off of the “Guacs De-Lite” menu.

La Perlita

901 Crossley Road, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Another popular Mexican restaurant in Palm Springs is La Perlita. The family-owned restaurant makes everything from scratch and offers an expansive menu, which includes many options for delicious appetizers.

The soft-shelled tacos are one of the top hits on the menu, and you can order them in several varieties. Of course, they have grilled steak and chicken tacos, but you can also try the adobada tacos (pork cooked in a special marinade) and the lengua tacos. These come on white corn tortillas and are garnished with cilantro and the perfect amount of onion. They also come with a special green tomatillo sauce to give the tacos a spicy kick if you want one.

If you’re more into hard tacos, La Perlita also offers crispy shells filled with beef (ground or shredded) or shredded chicken that come garnished with your choice of lettuce, tomato, and – of course – cheese. Rice and beans are served on the side of these.

Perhaps the most popular tacos here, however, are the fish tacos. These come with seasoned, grilled tilapia that is stuffed into soft corn tortillas and garnished with pico de gallo, cabbage, and special fish taco sauce. These also come with beans and rice. Remember to get a margarita here if you’re a drinker, as they have some of the best in the entire Greater Palm Springs area.

El Mirasol

266 E. Vía Altamira, Palm Springs, CA 92262

140 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264

El Mirasol is such a delicious restaurant that it actually has two locations. The first was opened in 1985 and it became such a hit in the city of Palm Springs that it expanded and now operates in two places. The establishment says it prides itself on “serving hot plates of artfully prepared Mexican regional cuisine and tangy flavorful margaritas,” which includes unforgettable tacos.

While the nachos are one of the best items on the appetizer list, the crispy mini chorizo tacos are even better. This choice comes with five hard-shelled tacos containing chorizo, a jalapeño cilantro, and pico de gallo. It isn’t quite clear what makes the house-made chorizo in these so tasty, but it’s some of the best in the region.

The hard-shell taco meal comes with either chicken or beef, and the soft-shell taco meal comes with asada, carnitas, or chicken. You can include these tacos in a 2-item combination plate with either an enchilada, a chile relleno, or a tamal de pollo. Don’t forget to add on a margarita and a dessert – the most recommended is their amaretto flan.

‘Taco n Todo’ at Las Palmas Brewing

461 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Every Thursday from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Las Palmas Brewing features the Tacon’ Todo popup restaurant at the brewery. The most popular plate here is the Birria tacos that are loaded with cheese, but you can also find your typical flavors like the carnitas tacos and the pastor and asada tacos. The popup also offers many non-taco items that are also delicious.

The popup was started in 2021 and “runs on salsa.” The owners say they are “invested in developing a personal connection with each and every one of our customers,” and it has become a weekly favorite for many locals and visitors.

The brewery, of course, features excellent beer and “vino,” but it also offers a lot of non-alcoholic beverages so the kids and non-drinkers are more than welcome. You can also pick up some merchandise during your visit.

Taqueria Tlaquepaque

362 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Anyone looking for a solid variety of tacos absolutely cannot miss out on Taqueria Tlaquepaque. Open every day of the week, the restaurant offers a wide range of unique soft- and hard-shell taco options, including the popular barbacoa, chicken, and beef tacos. The chorizo (Mexican sausage) tacos have quite a decent spicy kick to them, and the birria (goat) tacos are another commonly chosen plate.

If you want to get even more adventurous, you can order the cabeza (head), lengua (tongue), and sesos (brains) tacos. The restaurant sneaks in its amazing fish tacos in the “Seafood” section of the menu, which also has many non-taco options as well. If tacos aren’t your thing, the wide variety of fajitas and tostadas are great backup picks.

Tac/Quila

415 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Looking for the best street tacos in Palm Springs? You’ll find them in the heart of Palm Springs at Tac/Quila. The restaurant is housed in a quaint bungalow and offers both great food and a great atmosphere. Also featuring some of the best drink options, the corn tortilla street tacos come in many different varieties and are served alongside fresh salsa.

A top pick at Tac/Quila is the carnitas street taco dish, which features slow-roasted pork, a spicy salsa, and pico de gallo. The chicken and al pastor tacos are also great options, and fish lovers cannot go wrong with the grilled shrimp tacos that include a chipotle marinade, spicy mayonnaise, avocado, cabbage, and pico de gallo.

If meat just isn’t your thing, test out the veggie street tacos. Most veggie tacos are made with just a few ingredients, but these are made with mushroom, squash, corn, tomato, onion, queso fresco and sour cream. The restaurant is open from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM every single day.

Ultimately, if you’re looking for amazing tacos, you don’t have to leave Palm Springs as there are plenty of great restaurants located right in the heart of it. Grab your friends and go to one of the restaurants outlined above – you won’t regret it.

 

 

Palm Springs Traveller Staff