Best Mexican Restaurants in Calgary
From farmers' market stands to suburban standbys, these places serve the best Mexican in Calgary.
Grilled-octopus taco platter at Native Tongues Taqueria.
Photograph by Jared Sych
*Listed in alphabetical order.
El Charrito Taqueria
For a taste of Jalisco, Mexico, here in Calgary, El Charrito’s tacos are a must. They’re stuffed with beef, chicken or pork, then double-wrapped in two soft corn tortillas to keep every bite in your hands and not your lap. But tacos aren’t all you’ll find here — they also serve up chile rellenos, enchiladas, tortas and quesadillas, too.
808 Edmonton Tr. N.E., 403-478-2924
With its authentic take on Mexican street food, Native Tongues restaurant has focus that the city was clearly craving. The Masa is made from scratch, and you can fill the tortillas with the works: grilled octopus, pork, chorizo, refried beans and beef tongue. It also carries one of the largest selections of Mexican spirits in Calgary.
235 12 Ave. S.W., 403-263-9444, nativetongues.ca
Taqueria Mexicana el Mariachi
The Taqueria Mexicana el Mariachi stall in Crossroads Market does authentic Mexican right, particularly the chorizo tacos, dressed with onions, cilantro and lime, and made even better if you liberally spoon on some housemade creamy cilantro sauce. Sauces, salsas and fresh tortillas are also available in larger take-home portions at the retail stall across the corridor from the restaurant.
1235 26 Ave. S.E., 403-606-0644, crossroadsmarket.ca
Mexican street food is clearly having a heyday in Calgary, and the Spicy Amigos serve up some of the best — especially the lengua, or beef tongue, tacos. Super tender and cooked with onions, there’s good reason that tongue is a favourite among street taco fans. Mix and match four tacos for $12 and top them all with spicy selection from the Amigos’ hot sauce bar.
821 4 Ave. S.W., 587-353-1484, thespicyamigos.com
Tu Tierra [reopening in new location in April 2017]
Tu Tierra has long prided itself on serving authentic Mexican food as opposed to the more ubiquitous cheese-laden “Tex-Mex.” The slow-cooked meats are tender, citrus-y and spicy, and Tu Tierra also makes what is arguably the most complexly flavourful mole sauce in the city.
8991 Bonaventure Dr. S.E., 403-252-5566, mitierra.ca [New location coming in April 2017 in Hanson Plaza, 8970 Bonaventure Dr. S.E.]