The Best Places to Get Mexican Food in Toronto

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Are you in the mood for a meal from down south? Have no fear – these are the best options for some great Mexican food in Toronto.

La Carnita

La Carnita has several locations, four of which are in Toronto (one is in Winnipeg, and one is in Baltimore, Maryland, for some reason.) Don’t let that fool you, though – La Carnita’s cuisine is great, from their bar snacks to their sweets. Try their Mexican sweet corn to start, follow it up with Tuna Ceviche Tostada or sweet potato tacos, and top it off with crunchy churros. Definitely pair your meal with their signature Carnita Margarita to complete the package.

Tortería San Cosme

Looking for a slightly more chill venue for your meal? Try out Tortería San Cosme, in Kensington Market. Unlike many other places in the city, Tortería San Cosme focuses on ricas tortas (aka, grilled sandwiches). Their nopales (cactus), Cochinita pibil (pulled pork), and tres quesos (three cheese) are especially delicious. For sides, try their papitas con chile or molletes con chorizo to really spice up your life.

Grand Electric

With locations in both Parkdale and Trinity Bellwoods, Grand Electric is a great place to fill your craving for tacos. They even offer a deal – three tacos and a beer for just nineteen dollars. They serve several types of tacos, ranging from cauliflower to beef cheek. Start with their guacamole and chips, and end your night with their key lime pie.

Pancho y Emiliano

If you’re looking for your fill of tacos and margaritas in either Kensington Market or the Entertainment District, Pancho y Emiliano is the place for you. Their variety of margaritas include the Spicy Margarita, the Margarita de Tamarindo, and the Margarita Rosa, among many others. Dine out on Tacos de Fajitas Vegetarianas, Tacos Fajitas de Pollo, or (if you’re not in a taco sort of mood) Artisanal Chicharrón Quesadillas. They’ve also got vegetarian and gluten free options a plenty.


For the vegetarians and vegans out there, try out this meat-free joint on Richmond Street West (east of University). Their bowls, like the crispy tofu rice or the mushroom pozole, are delicious, as are the Tijuana-style broccolini, the root vegetables and mole! And the best part is that you won’t be splurging… on your diet, at least.

El Catrin

If you’re in the mood to head out to the Distillery District (or lucky enough to already live out there) make sure to check out this highly rated restaurant. What other place in Toronto can you have crickets added to your guacamole? Their tasting menu, which features six courses from five different regions of Mexico, is a great way to try out their range without actually eating your way through their menu. Try the vegetarian or baja tacos, the brochetas de pulpo or the enchiladas gomes, and anything from their botanas (small bites) menu. Yum!

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Written by Goldie Poll

Goldie Poll is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. She received her HBA from the University of Toronto in 2014, and her MA from the New School in 2017. She works in multimedia journalism, including in writing and video production.


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