Best burritos in tempe

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BBQ and Kansas City, Jambalaya and New Orleans, Coffee and Seattle, Mexican food and Tempe. Some things just go together.

Tempe, Arizona has a wealth of Mexican food eateries, from quick-service options like Maskadores Taco Shop, to delicious newcomers like Barrio Cafe at Tempe Marketplace, to mainstays like Rosita’s Mexican Food and Casa Reynoso that have been in Tempe for decades. It’s hard to choose a favorite, so here is a list of the most beloved Mexican restaurants in Tempe. And, you’ll get the inside scoop about the dishes that the Tempe Tourism Office team order again and again. If we don’t mention your favorite dish or your favorite Tempe Mexican restaurant, please tell us what we’re missing. We’d love to add to our list of favorites.

Casa Reynoso

3138 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ, 85282 | (480) 966-0776
One of the most crave-worthy Mexican restaurants in Tempe is Casa Reynoso. This family-owned business is an extension of family’s first venture into the restaurant business in Globe, Arizona. Now solely located in metro Phoenix, the Reynoso family continues to do what they do best – share their family recipes with all of us. You’ll have trouble deciding between their carne asada dishes, chimichangas, tacos and burros. But, one way to sample their best menu options is combination #8: an enchilada, burro and chile relleno. Que rico!

Barrio Queen

Tempe Marketplace | 31 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 912-4052
Incredible food, delicious cocktails and live music? Say no more! We recently caught mariachis serenading guests of Barrio Queen Tempe and we loved every minute of it! The menu is full of recipes rooted in the rich history of Mexico’s vibrant barrios (“neighborhoods”), and the flavors are made possible by using fresh, quality ingredients from local farmers. They also have an extensive tequila and mescal list to choose from and award-winning table-side guacamole that is a must try!

Barrio Queen Tempe

Maskadores Taco Shop

1721 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 284-7000
If you’re looking for a really good local taco shop, Maskadores is the place to go. Known for their delicious street tacos, they have lots of meat choices and even more toppings to choose from. I would also recommend the wet burrito, a bit on the spicy side but with great flavors. The salsa bar features several homemade varieties, so choose as much salsa as your heart desires. Don’t forget to leave room for a churro, or three. The walls are painted and decorated with the maskadores all over the restaurant – which makes for a fun atmosphere. In addition to their south Tempe restaurant, they have a second Tempe location at 818 W. Broadway Rd.

Macayo’s Mexican Food

650 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 967-2552
The newest Macayo’s location has opened near ASU and the 202 freeway. Same delicious food, brand new location! The first branch of the Macayo’s restaurant chain opened in Phoenix in 1946, beginning a legacy of quality food in a family atmosphere. Guests can enjoy their signature family recipes that are still available today. Don’t miss out on their mini chimis, Macayo’s Original Chimichangas or their any of their burro options!

Ghost Ranch

1006 E. Warner Rd. #102-103, Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 474-4328
Ghost Ranch serves modern Southwest cuisine fare for happy hour and dinner, Mon.-Fri. and weekend brunch, lunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays. They also offer a full menu of beer, wine and cocktails inspired by the multicultural history of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and northern Mexico. Their team knocks it out of the park with a delicious menu featuring items like cowboy steak, green chile burgers, tacos, Aztec Cake (which is like a perfect marriage between enchiladas and a casserole) and Chimayo chile braised-pork enchiladas. The lineup also includes Grilled Trout, vegetarian options, salads and Ranchos Papas, a creamy side dish with a hint of spice. The staff is always very friendly and the interior is full of Instagram worthy photo spots.

Ghost Ranch in Tempe

La Fonda Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

1831 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ, 85283 | (480) 966-8001
La Fonda has been in Tempe since 1967, although they moved to their new location on Baseline just east of McClintock a few years ago. Their dishes with cheesy fundido sauce are very popular, but one of our favorite dishes is the carnitas with flour tortillas. The pork is juicy and tender, the tortillas are fresh and the salsa is excellent.

Los Reyes de la Torta

1528 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ, 85281 | (480) 491-1314
It’s hard to choose from their menu of authentic, straight from Mexico City tortas, tacos, burritos and chilaquiles. And, I can’t eat quite as much as Adam from Man v. Food when he ate the Torta Del Rey complete with 5 types of meat. But, one of our favorites is the Mexicana Torta. It’s filled with flavorful grilled steak cooked with onions and jalapenos, pico de gallo, avocado and refried beans with salad on the side. Thankfully, guests can choose from a regular size and the mini. The mini certainly isn’t calorie free, but there’s a little less guilt.

Rosita’s Fine Mexican Food

960 W. University Dr. #7, Tempe, AZ, 85281 | (480) 966-0852
Rosa Keeme always dreamed of opening up her own restaurant and that dream came true in 1963 when the first Rosita’s opened its doors in Tempe. There are now three generations of the Keeme family, and even second and third generations of employee’s families, who continue to serve some of the best Mexican food in town. Rosita’s, located on University Drive and Hardy, has an extensive menu of South of the Border fare, including mole, enchiladas, chimichangas, fajitas and tamales. Their house specialty is the “Rosita’s Special,” a large flour tortilla filled with melted cheese and your choice of green chile with beef, seasoned chicken, red chile with beef or shredded beef.

Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant

1706 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 838-1005
5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir. #567, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 838-9610
Garcia’s has been a local favorite for years and once you visit, it is easy to see why. They serve up delicious Mexican food at affordable prices. We’re big fans of their lunch specials like the Fajita Quesadilla, and we also recommend their Chile Rellenos, Grilled Margarita Chicken Burro and the Tilapia Pacifica. Don’t forget to check out their long list of margaritas too. From the Blackberry Citrus to the Coco Motion, you’re sure to find your new favorite.

Garcia's at Arizona Mills

Loco Patron

222 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 699-0922
Located on the north end of Mill Ave in Downtown Tempe, Loco Patron features a fantastic outdoor patio and delicious food to go with it. Order a fresh squeezed margarita (choose from 11 cool options) to go with your street cart tacos. Several large TVs abound for sports lovers, and the huge bar is ready for every type of drink order. Loco Patron is open late until 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and until midnight on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Susie’s Mexican Café

2405 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ, 85281 | (480) 966-7091
Susie’s, located on University Drive between Dobson and the 101, has been serving Tempe’s Mexican food craving diners for 20 years. It’s not a fancy place, but that doesn’t mean that the food isn’t excellent. And, they even serve breakfast. Start your day off with the filling Huevos con Chorizo, 2 scrambled eggs with spicy chorizo and beans, a tortilla and rice or potatoes on the side.

Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup

505 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 279-5080
A funny name with a good story: The term “Gadzooks” originated from owner Aaron Pool’s roommate. When Pool’s roommate opened the fridge and saw his leftovers were eaten, he would yell “Gadzooks!” You probably won’t bring home leftovers if you eat at Gadzooks — their food is that good. You can make your own enchiladas here by choosing your meat or vegetarian options, opting for red or green sauce (insider tip – order it “Christmas style” to get both), and then choose your toppings like cheese, guacamole, cabbage and more. Their menu also includes tacos, tortilla soup and other tasty items. And if you have room for more, try their pumpkin cookies which are the perfect ending to your meal. So delicious!

Raspados Paradise

5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 456-3761
Located inside Arizona Mills, this family-owned eatery showcases raspados, a Mexican-style shaved iced drink made popular in Michoacan, Mexico. The owner and his family are from Michoacan and that’s what inspired their restaurant’s menu of authentic raspados, sopes, gorditas, caldos and more flavorful dishes. They use 100% natural ingredients (fresh fruit and not syrup). Order a fresh Tamarindo Obispo with shaved ice, fruit, lechero (condensed milk) and ice cream. Or order a more traditional raspado without the ice cream. Mango, Coconut and Strawberry are all very popular.

For more information about restaurants in Tempe, please visit the Food and Drink section of our website or call the Tempe Tourism Office at 800-283-6734.

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Best Mexican food in Tempe AZ

Written Toni Smith

An Arizona native, Toni Smith loves to dine out, conquer hiking trails, go to concerts and survive hot yoga classes. She has also never met a dog she didn’t love instantly. She lives in Tempe with her husband and daughter.


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Loco Patron


Address:222 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281




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Macayo's Depot Cantina

Mexican restaurant in Tempe, AZ near Mill Ave offering Mexican food favorites such as tacos, burritos, chimichangas, nachos, and fajitas with a full bar.


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Casa Reynoso


Address:3138 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282




Rosita's Fine Mexican Food


Address:960 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281



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The burrito is America's Mexican food, and here in Phoenix, we're lucky to have some of the nation's best — fresh, flavorful, and more often than not, fearsome in size. Check out our list of burritos that'll remind you why you choose to live in Arizona.

The green chile burro at Rito'sis a legend in downtown Phoenix (and in newer locations along Seventh Street and in Surprise). Green chile-loving folk once lined up out the door when Rito's was a lunch-only burrito bungalow, and it's little wonder why. A light flour tortilla contrasts nicely with the tender beef and spicy green chile sauce that inevitably spills out after the first bite. If you really want to outdo yourself, you can order the green chile burrito enchilada style, though be prepared for a serious food coma later.

Best Breakfast Burrito: PHX Burrito House - LAUREN SARIA

Best Breakfast Burrito: PHX Burrito House

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PHX Burrito Houseis the kind of place where even the potato is expertly considered, providing soft bites that break up richness, jive with cheese, and pair nicely with a fragrant flour tortilla. You would be wise to include the humble potato in your build-your-own breakfast burritos at this eatery, which is truly a house. The best burrito here, the machaca, comes with them, forming a jalapeno-charged package big enough for two meals. Where most options here are meaty and intense, a shrimp burrito displays lightness and freshness. Other places are divier or flashier, but PHX Burrito House wraps its namesake food better than anyone in the Valley.

The chicken burrito at Asadero Norte de Sonorais refreshing on multiple levels. First, there's what precedes the burrito, a complimentary cup of frijoles a la charraas well as chips and salsa. Then there's the burrito itself, which is 100 percent fresh: green guacamole, crisp cabbage, light sauce, and chopped rotisserie chicken with the skin on. Contrary to most garnishments, the cucumber slices, radishes, lime, and grilled jalapeno accompanying your burrito actually complement the dish, rather than simply providing an aesthetic enhancement.

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click to enlarge Belly up to a burrito at Los Dos Molinos. - NATHAN AHLES

Belly up to a burrito at Los Dos Molinos.

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There's a reason why Los Dos Molinoshas the motto "Some Like It Hot." Nearly everything on the menu packs a punch, and the carne adovada burrito is no exception. Red-sauce-drenched pork (you can opt for green if you like) is packed inside a thick tortilla that's smothered in more red sauce, plus cheese accompanied by refried beans and rice. It's the kind of burrito that requires a fork, a knife, and a bottomless pitcher of water (or a kick-ass margarita).

Serious meat-lovers would do well to visit Asadero Toro, the fairgrounds-facing fast food restaurant on McDowell Road. The restaurant's carne asada burrito gets straight to the point: Inside the large flour tortilla is nothing but grilled beef — no fillers, no sauces, just straight-up meat. What you do with your beef burrito is entirely up to you. Asadero Toro offers an ample serve-yourself condiments bar complete with a variety of salsas, peppers, freshly chopped vegetable garnishes, citrus, and more. And if you find all that meat in your burrito to be too straightforward, for an additional cost you easily can add a side of rice or beans to your plate.

click to enlarge Barrio Queen brings it with the Arizona Burrito. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN

Barrio Queen brings it with the Arizona Burrito.

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Serious foodies have long argued over what Arizona's official state dish should be. The chimichanga? The Sonoran hot dog? We're not here to take sides, but we are willing to mention a serious contender: the Arizona Burrito at Barrio Queen. The restaurant and tequileria serves up a pork green chile burrito topped with melted Oaxaca cheese, green tomatillo sauce, red onion, crema fresca, and cilantro. It's a burrito any state would be proud to claim as its own.

It's true that Comedor Guadalajarakeeps strange hours (closed Monday and Tuesday). But the generous portions and ample flavor are well worth moving your schedule around. Case in point: the red chile burrito, enchilada-style. Tear open the visible parts of tortilla that remain underneath your melted cheese and enchilada sauce, and watch as the flood gates open. Thick chunks of marinated beef swimming in a red chile sauce pour out onto your plate and mix with everything your tum holds dear — tortilla, beans, and rice. It's like a delicious natural disaster.

A burrito at Carolina's — wrapped in that famous tortilla. - HEATHER HOCH

A burrito at Carolina's — wrapped in that famous tortilla.

Heather Hoch

Let's be clear right off the bat: The tortillas at Carolina'sare where the magic really happens. That's not to say the contents of their burritos aren't good — they're downright drool-worthy — but the house-made tortillas are Carolina's claim to fame, year after year, after year. The nice thing about ordering a simple bean-and-cheese burrito here is that there's nothing that overpowers the amazing taste of the blanket-size flour casing.

Don't let the name fool you: The wow factor of the menu isn't limited to the tacos at Los Taquitos. The burritos are just as fresh and flavor-packed as the rest of the stuff coming out of the kitchen. The chicken burrito features beans, chicken, onions, and cilantro, wrapped up in a warm, grilled flour tortilla. For added taste, pour on the spicy green or red salsas — but be warned, customers within earshot will definitely hear whatever noises you make when you take that first bite.

click to enlarge FELICIA CAMPBELL

Unlike some of the others on this list, the carne asada burrito at La Frontera Comida Mexicanadoesn't come from a brick-and-mortar restaurant, but rather a food truck on 16th and Van Buren streets. The mobile burrito features Sonoran-style marinated steak that's sweet, smoky, and tender, with a citrus marinade. This beef contains so much flavor that it can stand on its own, without the addition of beans or rice. The burrito is topped with fresh cilantro and onions and can also be dressed up with hot sauce and guacamole at your taste buds' discretion.

Editor's note: This story was originally published on March 19, 2013. It was updated on April 1, 2021.
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Santa Madre Taco Shop mexican restaurant in Tempe


​We have the best Carne Asada, Chicken, Shrimp and Fish tacos and burritos in Tempe along with super fast service.    

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Try us and you'll be convinced! Our recipes are authentic. We take great pride in our food and pay a lot of attention to ensure the food is always fresh and the recipe stays authentic. We only make the food right after you order it!! The result? The best tacos and burritos that bursts with a flavor you won't believe!

First, we freshly make the tacos of your choice, then you head over to the salsa bar and dress them up with as many toppings as you like from our daily-made dressings, salsas and veggies. Now it's time for you to enjoy the best tacos ever!!  

Let's talk service. We have it in spades. Our dedicated staff is attentive and friendly. Did we mention fast? When you dine with us, you're always in good hands.

Stop in next time you're in the neighborhood and enjoy great Carne Asada and "taco fish" tradition from Sonora.


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