Comida Tacos photo credit: (credit: Kimberly Lord Stewart)

Although Denver is situated slightly north of the Southwest region it doesn’t mean the city will accept marginal Mexican food, especially the taco. The city’s love for slow-roasted meats and caramelized vegetables makes the taco the perfect canvas for culinary innovation, hence the growing popularity of palm-sized, street-food tacos. Nothing is off limits when it comes to tacos in this city.

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Comida Taco
721 Confidence Drive, Unit 1  
Longmont, CO 80504
(720) 204-6455

Comida’s pink food truck has a loyal following in Denver, so much so that owner Rayme Rossella’s first Denver brick and mortar taco shop will open in June. The new location is a food emporium called The Source, in the RiNo district. Comida’s tacos are a journey in texture and flavors, including soft roasted vegetables, lush grits, slow-roasted meats and fresh pico de gallo. Favorites include camerones a la diabla consisting of spiced-up shrimp with soft jalapeño grits, pico de gallo, avocado, lime, house crema and cotija. For meat lovers, try Comida’s take on tacos pastor with Stella’s pork carnitas: pork shoulder braised in Stella Artois, with smoked gouda and sweet potato mash, crowned with pineapple habanero salsa. Until the new location is complete, Comida is open for sit-down meals in Longmont and the food truck is always somewhere in Denver. Check the website for schedules.

Pinche Tacos
1514 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 475-1337

The lines are long but the wait is worth it at Pinche Tacos. Small tacos and huge flavors await for those who brave the line. Pinche’s dedication to street food tacos will remind you of that out-of-the-way place in Mexico that only locals know about. Get your mind around these tacos: pan-seared shrimp and scallops with yucatan pico de gallo, soft avocado crema and a squeeze of lime. Or go for the triple-cooked crispy Colorado beef tongue with sliced avocado, onion and fresh cilantro, topped with roasted tomatillo salsa and guajillo honey mayonnaise. For tamer taste buds there is crispy pork with avocado crema or grilled cojita cheese with roasted tomatillo. If you hate to wait in line and must have your tacos now, don’t loose your cool, check the website for the taco truck location.

1555 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-0330

T/ACO in Denver and Boulder is a one-stop shop for tequila cocktails, Mexican beer and a nice selection of tacos to mix and match. Tacos will suit the well-traveled type or a less adventurous eater, with options like a chicken mole with chayote squash, red onion salsa and poblano crema or the pork shoulder carnitas. For a recommendation, try the Ahi tuna with mango salsa, guacamole and cilantro. On weekends, T/ACO has added a brunch menu that includes morning-friendly tacos like skirt steak with poblano rajas and crema and an over-easy egg, or belly hash taco, with slow-braised pork belly, diced potatoes, soft-scrambled egg, green onion and green chile.

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Machete Tequila and Tacos
2817 E. 3rd Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 333-1567

If you are near Cherry Creek and get a craving for tacos, look no further than Machete. Machete’s tacos include daring street food ingredients like brain, pork roasted in banana leaves and crispy tripe. But what is unique about Machete is what it pairs the protein with between the tortilla folds; for instance, smoke pork rib meat with grilled apples or salmon with spicy jicama, The other amazing thing about Machete is it charges much less than other street food taco restaurants.

Margs Taco Bistro
1519 Wynkoop St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-6274

No matter what night you pass by Margs on Wynkoop or in Cherry Creek, it always looks like a party. If you need tasty pick-me-up any night of the week, try Margs. Some of the tacos at Margs adopt flavors from around the globe, like the Moroccan chicken with curry yogurt, cabbage slaw, cool jicama and pineapple habanero salsa. Or get the Korean pork with pickled cucumbers, hoisin and sriracha sauce. For true Mexican street food fare, try the tilapia with pineapple habanero salsa.

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Kimberly Lord Stewart is a food author and journalist for CBS Denver local, Organic Food Reporter for, and the Food, Wine and Spirits editor for Denver Life magazine. Her book, “Eating Between the Lines” tells readers about the truth and myths of food labeling. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards for food news reporting and the Jessie Neal Business Journalism award. Her work can be found at