By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Oct 04, 2021 at 2:01 PM

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It's National Taco Day. So it seems apropos to celebrate with a plate filled with delicious tacos.

Whether you prefer traditional fillings or more out-of-the-box options, there are plenty of spots in Milwaukee to fulfill your craving (including an ever-growing collection of amazing taco trucks).

But if you need inspiration, these seven spots are great places to start (and yes, they are all open on Mondays!)

1. Chilango Express

7030 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis, (414) 541-8201

Chilango Express

There's so much to love about Chilango Express, including the laundry list of items you can enjoy on your tacos. Fillings include meats (chicken, pork, beef, Mexican sausage, beef tongue, sauced pork rinds and steak) along with mushrooms, cactus, poblano peppers, squash blossoms and huitlacoche. Yum.

2. Cafe Corazon

3129 N. Bremen St., (414) 810-3941
2394 S Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 544-2774
6300 W. Mequon Rd., (262) 643-4256

Cafe Corazon
Photo: Cafe Corazon

At Cafe Corazon, you have a multitude of choices for your tacos including meats like chicken, ground beef, asada, pibil (Yukatan style pulled pork), carnitas and chorizo. Or go veggie with options like soy chorizo, herbed tofu, mixed vegetables or mushrooms. Can’t decide? Order the Taco Truck Dinner, which comes with three tacos (meat or vegetarian) served up with cilantro, onion, tomato, radish and queso fresco.  

3. Lazo's Taco Shack

641 N. James Lovell St., (414) 988-6567

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You'll find big flavor at this little Downtown taco shack where every plate is made with love. Fill up your tacos with goods like carne asada, tinga, pastor, carnitas, chicken or shrimp; and be sure to check out their daily specials!

4. La Casa De Alberto

624 W. National Ave., (414) 643-5715

La Casa De Alberto tacos
Photo: Naplestan / Instagram

Affordability and deliciousness meet their match at La Casa De Alberto. If you're getting tacos, choose from options like al pastor, ground beef, carne asada or fish. Or order "Alberto's Plate" which includes al pastor, beans, rice and corn tortillas. While you're there, be sure to order the guacamole; it's deliciously fresh with great texture and lots of flavor.  

5. Guanajuato

2317 S. Howell Ave., (414) 482-2269

Guanajuato tacos
Photo: Guanajuato

Head to this Bay View classic, which has been serving up delicious tacos since 2007 and you'll find a laundry list of great fillings including pollo, asada, pastor, carne molida (round beef), lengua (beef tongue), carne deshebrada (shredded beef) or chorizo. 

6. Mazorca

Zócalo Food Park, 636 S. 6th St.,  (414) 433-9747

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There are truly delicious tacos to be had at Mazorca, located at Zócalo Food Park. Tacos are served up on housemade tortillas with fillings like al pastor, adobo chicken, bistec, birria (beef braised in adobo) and vegetarian (cheese, guacamole, tomatillos, cilantro) and vegan (guacamole, pinto beans, tomatillos, cilantro). 

7. Paloma Taco & Tequila

5419 W. North Ave., (414) 810-0404

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From more traditional tacos (think carne asada and chorizo) to outside-the-box options like crispy brussels sprouts, cajun shrimp, tofu and the "Gringo All The Way," you'll find something new to love at this cozy Washington Heights spot.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.