Breakfast tacos are serious business in Austin. They’re the city’s most popular breakfast food, and the city’s rivalry with San Antonio over whose tacos are better has ruffled more than a few feathers (hint: Austin’s are). In fact, there was even a book written about this “most important taco of the day.” So choosing the city’s best breakfast tacos is no easy feat. Read on for our take on the best breakfast tacos Austin has to offer for every occasion.
Best Food Truck Breakfast Tacos: Veracruz All Natural
This category has some stiff competition, but Veracruz All Natural, who makes their tortillas and chips fresh in the truck, wins hands-down for Austin’s favorite food truck tacos. The owners, Reyna and Maritza, are sisters who grew up in Veracruz, Mexico, helping their mother run a family restaurant near the beach. Check out the truck’s migas taco, an Austin favorite of eggs scrambled with tortilla chips and topped with avocado, pico de gallo, and cheese.
Best Gringo Breakfast Tacos: Tacodeli
Breakfast taco purists object to Tacodeli’s sautéed spinach and creamy mashed potatoes — and maybe they have a point. But after chowing down on The Otto, a taco stuffed with organic refried black beans, a whole strip of bacon, avocado, and Monterrey Jack cheese, all I can say is, frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. For an extra treat, add the poblano-onion rajas on top.
Best Breakfast Tacos to Feed a Football Team: Juan in a Million
If you’re hungry — really, truly hungry — hit up Juan in a Million for the infamous Don Juan taco and the equally infamous handshakes from the restaurant’s owner, Juan Meza. The enormous Don Juan taco is a “secret combination” of potato, egg and bacon, and is covered in a mountain of grated cheese. This place is an Austin legend that’s been around since 1980.
Best Breakfast Taco Experience: Maria’s Taco Xpress
Come on Sunday for Austin Hippie Church, which is live gospel music to accompany your breakfast. Try the Mexi Taco, a mixture of eggs, onions, jalapeño and tomatoes, and don’t skip their build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Maria’s claim to fame is a large statue of the owner on top of the building, which welcomes guests with open arms. Back in 2005, vandals cut off the arms, but a few years ago she got prosthetics.
Best Drive-Through Breakfast Tacos: Bill Miller BBQ
You might not expect decent breakfast tacos to come from a barbecue restaurant, but when you need tacos and you don’t want to get out of the car, Bill Miller’s your best bet. Ingredients are basic: potato, bacon, egg, cheese, brisket, carne guisada, beans, and more. The best part is that the sausage and salsa are a little bit picante.
Best Home-Style Breakfast Tacos: Cocina de Consuela
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into Mexico — or abuelita’s kitchen — when you sit in Cocina de Consuelo’s unassuming one-room dining room or back deck. The owner, Connie, started the restaurant at age 63 after her church fund-raiser enchiladas were a hit that led to regular customers. Arrive before 11:00 a.m. to try a breakfast burrito (okay, not technically a taco, but we’ll give it a pass) with ingredient choices like eggs, beef chorizo, potatoes, black beans, machacado, nopalitos, and rajas.
Most Eclectic: Tyson’s Tacos
With breakfast taco names like the Wild Feminist, Gravy Crockett, Alexis Texas, and Jaimie’s Little Pony, you can’t go wrong with this outdoor-only eatery. Once a Tastee Freeze location, this taquería has a posted “ukelele policy” that earns musicians able to tune and play a house-supplied ukelele free tacos at a rate of one taco per song. The only caveat? You have to be good enough that others in line “might not harm or otherwise publicly shame you.”
Best Sustainable Tacos: El Chilito
This colorful Tex-Mex and interior Mexican joint will satisfy your cravings while making you feel good about what you’re eating. They use pasture-raised Vital Farms eggs and Texas beef, such as in the Chicon taco, which is filled with eggs, beef picadillo, potatoes, and queso. There are no interior eating spaces, so grab a picnic table and an agua fresca to stay cool and dig in.