Where to Find the Best Tacos in Portland

Spice up family meals this summer with some of the freshest, most delicious tacos that Portland has to offer, from blue corn tortillas stuffed with classic Oaxacan ingredients to inventive Northwest-inspired breakfast tacos. Read on to learn about our favorite taco joints, food carts, and Mexican restaurants around the city. Then all you need to do is grab some napkins and prepare to dig in.

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photo: Carrie Uffindell

Tierra Del Sol 
This cheerful, family-owned and -operated food cart has been a Portland Mercado staple since its opening in 2015. Along with quesadillas and tetela de frijol, the cart serves Oaxacan-style tacos made with its signature handmade organic blue corn tortillas with a choice of meats (pollo, al pastor, carne asada) or veggie stew. For those craving a sweet treat afterwards, the market is also home to a fruit bar and a churro cart.

7238 SE Foster Rd.
Online: tierradelsolpdx.com

Tamale Boy
Best known for authentic Oaxacan and Northern Mexican tamales, this former food truck also dishes up some seriously good tacos at both its brick-and-mortar locations. Choose from a variety of meat and vegetarian fillings, including tinga de pollo, carnitas, hongo y epazote (spiced mushrooms), and al pastor (pork marinated in chile guajillo sauce and pineapple). Don’t forget to try the house-made guacamole.

1764 NE Dekum St.

668 N Russell St.
Online: tamaleboy.com

photo: Carrie Uffindell

Uno Mas Taquiza
You  and your clan won’t be able to just have one taco at either Uno Mas location, where you’ll find welcoming atmospheres as well as extensive taco menus filled with both authentic and unexpected flavors, such as octopus with red chile, chorizo, crispy pork skin, and fried cheese tacos. Hungry for more? Get an order of the thick-cut tortilla chips and salsa.

2337 NE Glisan St.

1914 W. Burnside St.
Online: unomastaquiza.com

El Gallo Taqueria
A neighborhood success story, for years El Gallo operated as a food cart near the Woodstock Library before opening its cozy new brick-and-mortar storefront just a few blocks west. The expanded menu offers various meat, vegetarian, and vegan tacos, including the not-to-miss pacific snapper fish tacos. Prefer your tortillas crunchy? Order the gringo. There’s also a kids menu for los niños.

4422 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Online: elgallopdx.com

photo: Carrie Uffindell

Stella Taco
From egg-and-veggie-stuffed breakfast tacos to crunchy tortillas filled with grilled chicken and cheese, there’s something for every palate (and diet) at this eastside taqueria. Great bets include the fried avocado, pollo asado, and house-made chorizo. You’ll also find games and coloring supplies for the little ones along with a kids menu filled with soft and crunchy taco options.

2940 NE Alberta

3060 SE Division
Online: stellatacopdx.com

Where does your family go for tacos in Portland? Tell us in the comments below!
— Carrie Uffindell


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