Omaha’s South 24th is famous for its lineup of mouth-watering Mexican restaurants. While it’s known as one of the go-to spot when you’re craving something authentic, it’s not the only destination when it comes to finding Omaha’s best tacos. From Ralston to Old Market to Council Bluffs, there are must-try taco plates all over the area — whether you want them street-style, pan fried or for breakfast!
Take a tour of the Omaha area via its most creative and delicious tacos. Find a favorite or let us know where you’re celebrating Taco Tuesday!
Map it: 3235 California Street
California Tacos & More has been an Omaha favorite since it opened in 1995. Famous for their California Taco (and their appearance on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives), this family establishment serves made to order meals with fresh ingredients. Their signature taco is prepared with hand-shaped dough then stuffed with lettuce, cheese, and your choice of beef, refried beans, chicken, steak or fish.
Map it: 2295 S 67th Street + 725 N 114th St + Gretna
Photo courtesy of Voodoo Taco
Voodoo won first place in 2017’s Best of Omaha competition for their delicious tacos, and you can now find them in three different locations across the metro area. Whether you want smoked brisket, fried avocado, mahi-mahi or smoked alligator, their menu has a taco that will satisfy your every craving! Our favorite is the hot Green Ghost Pork taco served with ghost chili braised and shredded pork, green chiles, diced onions and asadero cheese.
Map it: Ralston
Every taco connoisseur in Omaha knows the name Maria. This family-owned restaurant has been serving their famous dish for over 35 years — and we can’t get enough! Reminiscent of large, open empanadas, the tacos are unique and made from scratch. Stop by on Tuesday for a deal on soft or hard shell, and sip one of their delicious margaritas while you wait!
Map it: 5132 L Street
Photo courtesy of Maria Bonita
Maria Bonita celebrates Taco Tuesday with half-priced tacos all day! And trust us when we say you’ll want to try every single option. Each dish is inspired from the owner’s grandmother, Maria, who embraced the fresh food, rich flavors and vibrant colors of Central Mexico. Whether you stop in at the restaurant on L Street, or track down one of the food trucks, you’re in for a treat!
Map it: 1502 S 60th St
Jonesy’s makes everything from scratch and they make it fresh every day. The fried and flaky taco is a favorite in the area for good reason! Get it with beef, fish or chicken (or all three) so you can taste the perfectly browned, crisp shell for yourself.
Map it: 12047 Blondo St
Inspired by the tastes of Puebla, Mexico, Rivera’s serves authentic dishes with a unique twist. First things first, get the House Margarita (just $6.25 on Tuesdays!) then order the Pastor Taco to taste their perfectly seasoned ancho chile braised pork served on top of warm corn tortillas.
Map it: Council Bluffs
Primo’s is across the bridge in Council Bluff and it’s definitely worth the trip! Since 2010, the family-owned restaurant has been giving new life to their authentic, family recipes. Once you taste the tacos (we suggest Carlo’s Asada Tacos), you’ll have an instant favorite.
Map it: 14919 W Maple Rd
Photo courtesy of R Taco
R Taco started from humble beginnings in Dallas, Texas. Named after the founder, Rusty, they’re inspired by authentic street tacos straight out of Mexico. At each of their locations, you’ll get hand-made food made from scratch and served out of the open kitchen. If their multitude of options has you stumped, we suggest ordering the Fried Chicken Taco!
Map it: 4646 Dodge St
MAR Cafe just opened in August of 2016 and has since filled a gap in Omaha for delicious, authentic Mexican breakfast dishes. Chefs Arturo Vargas and Jose Orozco have a passion for flavor and that shows in every item on the menu. If you come for lunch, get the Tacos al Pastor; you won’t regret it!
Map it: 5133 S 25th St
La Choza is a go-to Mexican restaurant for many Omaha residents as this family-owned establishment serves some of the best Tacos Al Pastor we’ve ever tasted! In classic style, these tacos are made up of juicy pork, fresh pineapple, cilantro and onion, and served over warm tortillas with fresh jalapeño.
Map it: 42nd and L St
This taco truck offers street tacos with authentic, gourmet flare. You can find them parked at 42nd and L Street serving a full menu of Mexican dishes nearly every day of the week!
Map it: 24th and Q St
Taqueria el Rey is a South 24th mainstay serving up some of the best tacos and Mexican fare in the city — and their street style tacos are a local favorite! You can order them al pastor, with carne asada, chorizo, carnitas, chicken, beef tongue, cheek, chop or pork rind.
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If we missed your go-to taco stop, let us know. We can always use more reasons to celebrate Taco Tuesday!