Where can you get the best? Readers weigh in

CHICAGO — You proposed, you voted, you decided. Chicago is home to many taco makers, but of those submitted by our readers, five stood out from the rest. Here are the five best tacos in town — in no particular order.

Raymond’s tacos

Raymond’s tacos started in 1975 and has since expanded to three locations, each with business-specific menu items. We spoke to owners 2406 S. Blue Island Avenue. Location, Elva Lopez and her son Armando Lopez, on their recipe for success.

They credit their careful choice of ingredients and a single slice of American cheese that holds their double tortilla tacos together and gives them extra flavor.

Here’s what fans of Raymond’s Tacos emailed:

This is one of the most authentic taco spots around! They cook everything in advance
She. Try them and you won’t be disappointed!!

Shawn S

These tacos are different. The taste of the meat. They placed the American cheese between the two tortillas. The salsa. All these flavors make you want more tacos!! I recommend.


Original and authentic steak tacos with melted American cheese, topped with lettuce and tomato, will have you salivating until the next bite.

Jim O

La Pasadita

first opened in 1976, La Pasadita has been at N. Ashland Ave. for more than 45 years. At home. Her favorite taco is a no-frills carne asada, although the owner will suggest you add her homemade green salsa. You can find her shop at 1140 N Ashland Ave.

Here’s what fans of La Pasadita emailed:

When I eat there, I start with 3 and end with 8. I walk out like Humpty Dumpty.

Luis A

The beef in the tacos literally leaves your mouth with an incredible thirst for more, while the flavorful juices make your mouth water.

ben r

Their onion and cilantro asada is tortilla perfection.

Paul W

Paco’s Tacos

The original Paco’s Tacos was a bit of an afterthought. The owner, Paco Francisco, opened a grocery store at 4556 S Ashland Ave. and decided to serve tacos in the back in case customers needed a snack. However, their focus on freshness soon saw their tacos become the main attraction.

The original location still exists, but they’ve since expanded to two standalone restaurants, which are the only locations that turn up in a search. Use the address above or search for La Internacional Supermercado to find out where it all began.

Here’s what fans of Paco’s Tacos emailed:

I’ve been going here for over 3 decades and recommend this place to everyone I meet. I don’t live in the neighborhood anymore, but I drive over an hour just for these steak tacos.

Gabriel T

It’s like walking into a great steakhouse and ordering the best steak you’ve ever tasted. Everything is fresh and literally melts in your mouth.

peter m

Ingredients are always fresh. It’s authentic! Not greasy, flavors always pop and it’s never boring no matter what you order; Whether it’s tacos or their burritos, gorditas, etc. you can’t go wrong. This place will always satisfy your cravings and needs for authentic Mexican tacos.



Another highly recommended and heavily voted taco favorite is Zacatacos. With five locations, mostly on the south side of town, it’s not hard to find an option to try one of their tortilla creations.

According to their website, “Zacatacos simply means ‘Take Out Tacos.’ Located in the heart of Westlawn Township, Zacatacos opened in November 1996. It was one of the first taquerias in the former Polish-Lithuanian Quarter. We are a family run taqueria with a simple concept: traditional Mexican dishes with a fresh, homemade taste.”

Here’s what some Zacatacos fans emailed:

Juicy meat with great spices. Taco has just enough meat and goes great with onions and cilantro.

Giselle S

El Pastor Tacos. They were slowly roasted on a skewer, with the pineapple on top. Can’t get better.

Ryan C

It has a charcoal flavor. Reminds me of family BBQs in the summer.

Marisela R

(Note: WGN News Now attempted to contact Zacatacos but received no response.)

Taqueria El Milagro

Rounding out your top five tacos in Chicago is a name many know for their tortillas, but it’s what’s inside that claims a spot on this list. Taqueria El Milagro originated from the tortilla craft El Milagro, which began in Chicago in 1950. You have three locations to choose from, with perhaps the most popular being this one 1923 S Blue Island Avenue. Taqueria.

Here’s what some fans of Taqueria El Milagro emailed:

When you bite into the taco, the flavor bursts into your mouth and dances with your soul.

jada b

Order some to stay and others to take away because you will definitely want more later.


There are just enough ingredients for a slightly messy meal, but not so many that things get ugly. The flavors are rich and pronounced.

Vic S

(Note: WGN News Now attempted to contact Taqueria El Milagro but received no response.)

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John Verrall

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