Grab your sombreros Mancs, because we’re taking a trip to Mexico without even leaving the city. From the authentic Mexican style to creative combinations that’ll have your taste buds screaming ‘holy guacamole!’, we’ve rounded up the best places to chow down on tacos in Manchester.
1. Wolf at the Door
Arguably the best spot in town for a cheap eat while having a catch-up with friends, Wolf at the Door serves tacos for just £1. Yep, you read that right. Fill up on some good grub with toppings varying from Sloppy Joe burger mix, to Scampi and Fries and vegan options, too. The best part? Ordering the full menu won’t set you back too much – and they’re the perfect pairing to enjoy alongside their delicious natural wines. Try one of the orange wines for a real refreshing treat. Wolf at the Door, 30-32 Thomas St, M4 1ER.
2. Luck Lust Liquor and Burn
You had me at cheeseburger tacos… Luck Lust Liquor and Burn serves up Mexican grub with their own little twist, with delicious American-inspired small plates, burritos, and of course, tacos. The taco options might be limited, but you won’t be disappointed by their absolutely packed cheeseburger taco filled with all the good stuff (including gherkins). The Cali Dreamin and Californication tacos are just as good too, with fillings such as birria beef and cajun vegan chicken. Luck Lust Liquor and Burn, 100-102 High St, M4 1HP.
3. El Capo
Just a few doors down from Liquor and Burn is El Capo, and it goes hand in hand with its neighbour. Like Wolf at the Door, El Capo also offers £1 tacos all day Mon – Thurs, accompanied by their £6 margarita menu, making it a properly affordable full meal. Fillings are varied, including pork, beef chilli, fish, cauliflower, prawns, halloumi and even more, with a massive range of burritos too. There’s so much good stuff on the menu, so is perfect for ordering lots between friends, sitting back and sipping a marg. Heaven. El Capo, 12 Tariff St, Manchester, M1 2FF.
Much loved for its tacos at both Mackie Mayor and Alty Market, Pico’s provides an ever-popular menu of combos such as pork carnitas with salsa, fried chicken and habanero mayo, with options available for veggies too. The vibe at both Mackie Mayor and Alty Market is perfect for casual Mexican grub, too, with a real social atmosphere where you can drink, eat, and order some more. Pico’s, Mackie Mayor, 1 Eagle St, M4 5BU | Altrincham Market, Greenwood St, Altrincham, WA14 1SA.
5. Southside Tequila Joint
Withington’s latest addition, Southside Tequila Joint is part run by the man behind Crazy Pedro’s, so you can expect some seriously good food and drinks during your visit. Throw back Mexican-inspired cocktails including Margaritas, with 3 for £4 tacos up for grabs to fill up on. There’s plenty to choose from for vegans and meat-eaters alike, with the American-inspired creations that you’d expect from Crazy Pedro’s. Southside Tequila Joint, 447-449 Wilmslow Rd, Withington, M20 4AN.
Mostly known for their burritos, Pancho’s at Arndale Market offers up some bloomin’ good tacos, too. Pancho’s serves up a choice of three tacos with whatever fillings you want (kinda like the Subway of Mexicano), with tons of fillings such as chicken, beef, pork, chilli, beans and so much more to pick from. It’s a brilliant spot if you’re popping out on your lunch and fancy something a little naughtier than your usual Tesco meal deal. Pancho’s, Arndale Market, 49 High St, M4 3AH.
For those who “come alive with liquid spirit, craft beer & bar food”, Sandinista is the covert taco hotspot hidden in plain sight. Just off St Ann’s Square, the posh pub-like restaurant is a super comfortable and social space in the centre of Manchester, serving REALLY good tacos. From halloumi and mushroom to chorizo and fish, take your pick of some top quality Mexican bites, with veggie, vegan and gluten free options, along with a great vibe and lovely staff. Sandinista also boasts a huge drinks menu, so be prepared to make your way through beer, wine and cocktails along with your tacos! Sandinista, 2 Old Bank St, Manchester, M2 7PF.
8. Don Tacos
Nestled in the middle of the Curry Mile, Don Tacos is a diamond in the rough, serving some of the most authentic soft tacos in Manchester, some with the amazing Don Tacos signature spice recipe. Taco prices are: two £7; three £9; four £12.50 – but don’t worry, each single one packs a punch. There’s also a dedicated plant-based menu for the vegans and veggies amongst us. Spice levels are marked on the menu, but be warned, all are pretty spicy! Be prepared to wash the whole lot down with tequila, jerritos or horchata, or whatever tipple you fancy. Don Tacos, 61-63 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester, M14 5TB.