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Tacos from Las Trancas
Tacos from Las Trancas
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21 Tempting Cheap Tacos for Under $3 in Austin

Light on the wallet, great for the stomach

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Tacos from Las Trancas
| Trisha G./Yelp

It’s already been established that tacos are very important to Austin. This is so much so that noted taco journalist Mando Rayo proposed a bill looking to make all tacos (breakfast and beyond) the official state dish of Texas.

Because tacos are plentiful in Austin, Eater decided to highlight those tacos that are both gratifying and cheap. With that, here is a handy directory to the city’s best tacos for under $3. This means cash-only tacos from South First trailer El Primo, offal offerings from Las Trancas, solid breakfast ones from Veracruz All Natural, all night breakfast tacos from La Mexicana Bakery, and others. This update includes tacos from newcomer brewery Lazarus Brewing Company, Tacos Guerrero, and Vaquero Taquero.

For more taco needs, explore the city’s hot new tacos, breakfast tacos, and al pastor.

Everything below is listed in an unranked order. Is your favorite budget taco spot missing below? Let us know on the tipline or in the comments below.

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1. El Primo

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2101 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 227-5060
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Everyone loves the cash-only South Austin trailer, where tacos, breakfast and otherwise, are $2.25.

2. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

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2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 472-0017
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Opt to add the battered fried bacon for extra crispiness to any of the $1.99 tacos from the classic East Austin bakery.

3. Porfirio's Tacos

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1512 Holly St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 476-5030
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For over 30 years, Porfirio’s has been selling cheap breakfast and lunch tacos, with very spicy salsas on the side.

4. Veracruz All Natural

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1704 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 981-1760
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Another cherished taco trailer, all three locations of Veracruz whip up two-ingredient breakfast tacos for $2.50.

5. Las Trancas

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1210 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 701-8287

The taco trailer focuses on simple tacos that range from $1.50 to $1.75, with choice offal fillings like pork stomach or beef tongue.

6. La Mexicana Bakery

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1924 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 443-6369
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All-day breakfast tacos become a reality with the 24-hour La Mexicana Bakery, where any two-combination tacos cost only $1.30.

7. Tyson's Tacos

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4905 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 451-3326
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The central spot offers reliably cheap breakfast tacos, with fillings like fried egg yolks, migas, fried avocados, vegetarian chorizo, and more.

8. Rosita's Al Pastor

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1911 East Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 442-8402

You can’t go wrong with late night al pastor tacos for $1.99.

9. Maria's Taco Xpress

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2529 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-0261
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For now, Maria beckons passersby to try her under-$3 taco options, including al pastor, picadillo, and pollo guisado.

10. Papalote Taco House

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2803 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 804-2474
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Drop $1.99 on breakfast tacos from the experts at both locations of Papalote (the other on Research Boulevard).

11. Taco More

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9400 Parkfield Dr, Austin
TX, 78758
(512) 821-1561
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The far north taqueria sells breakfast and lunch tacos for no more than $2.50.

12. Taqueria Mi Trailita

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5301 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 497-9877
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The underrated little trailer on Manor is open late for dinner plans. Breakfast tacos are $1.29, and regular tacos go for $1.85.

13. Taqueria Morales

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1415 West William Cannon Drive
Austin, TX 78745
Phone number (512) 906-4933

Found at a car wash, the small trailer has a picnic table ready for breakfast, street, and speciality tacos like suadero, alambre, and chicharron.

14. La Michoacana Meat Market

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1917 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

Everything is cheap at the East Side meat market’s taco counter.

15. La Flor

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4901 South 1st Street
Austin, TX 78745

Sometimes all you need are simple tacos, and La Flor delivers just that.

16. Elaine's

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2113 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 494-1464
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Eater reader AllieEatsATX loves the $2.25 “slow-roasted pulled pork tacos that melt in your mouth” from Eastside Cafe’s sister spot.

17. Amaya's Taco Village

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5804 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 458-2531
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Amaya’s breakfast tacos come with three ingredients with meat for $2.19, and without for $1.59.

18. Taco Joint

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2807 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 473-8223
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The breakfast tacos from the Taco Joint on campus are below $2.85. [Photo: Taco Joint/Facebook]

19. Lazarus Brewing Company

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1902 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

Breakfast tacos from East 6th Street’s newest brewery ring it for $2.50: bacon, carnitas, migas, and more.

20. Vaquero Taquero

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Duval St & E 43rd St
Austin, TX 78751

All the tacos at Vaquero are under $3. The Hyde Park trailer is equipped with a trompo and asador for al pastor and al carbon tacos.

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21. Tacos Guerrero

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96 N Pleasant Valley Rd
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 939-2308

Wonderfully filling and cheap tacos can be found over at the orange trailer, with excellent carne guisada, al pastor, fajitas, and more.

1. El Primo

2101 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Everyone loves the cash-only South Austin trailer, where tacos, breakfast and otherwise, are $2.25.

2101 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

2. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

2305 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

Opt to add the battered fried bacon for extra crispiness to any of the $1.99 tacos from the classic East Austin bakery.

2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

3. Porfirio's Tacos

1512 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702

For over 30 years, Porfirio’s has been selling cheap breakfast and lunch tacos, with very spicy salsas on the side.

1512 Holly St
Austin, TX 78702

4. Veracruz All Natural

1704 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Another cherished taco trailer, all three locations of Veracruz whip up two-ingredient breakfast tacos for $2.50.

1704 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

5. Las Trancas

1210 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702

The taco trailer focuses on simple tacos that range from $1.50 to $1.75, with choice offal fillings like pork stomach or beef tongue.

1210 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78702

6. La Mexicana Bakery

1924 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

All-day breakfast tacos become a reality with the 24-hour La Mexicana Bakery, where any two-combination tacos cost only $1.30.

1924 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

7. Tyson's Tacos

4905 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

The central spot offers reliably cheap breakfast tacos, with fillings like fried egg yolks, migas, fried avocados, vegetarian chorizo, and more.

4905 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

8. Rosita's Al Pastor

1911 East Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

You can’t go wrong with late night al pastor tacos for $1.99.

1911 East Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78741

9. Maria's Taco Xpress

2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

For now, Maria beckons passersby to try her under-$3 taco options, including al pastor, picadillo, and pollo guisado.

2529 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

10. Papalote Taco House

2803 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Drop $1.99 on breakfast tacos from the experts at both locations of Papalote (the other on Research Boulevard).

2803 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

11. Taco More

9400 Parkfield Dr, Austin, TX, 78758

The far north taqueria sells breakfast and lunch tacos for no more than $2.50.

9400 Parkfield Dr, Austin
TX, 78758

12. Taqueria Mi Trailita

5301 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78723

The underrated little trailer on Manor is open late for dinner plans. Breakfast tacos are $1.29, and regular tacos go for $1.85.

5301 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78723

13. Taqueria Morales

1415 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX 78745

Found at a car wash, the small trailer has a picnic table ready for breakfast, street, and speciality tacos like suadero, alambre, and chicharron.

1415 West William Cannon Drive
Austin, TX 78745

14. La Michoacana Meat Market

1917 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

Everything is cheap at the East Side meat market’s taco counter.

1917 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

15. La Flor

4901 South 1st Street, Austin, TX 78745

Sometimes all you need are simple tacos, and La Flor delivers just that.

4901 South 1st Street
Austin, TX 78745

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16. Elaine's

2113 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

Eater reader AllieEatsATX loves the $2.25 “slow-roasted pulled pork tacos that melt in your mouth” from Eastside Cafe’s sister spot.

2113 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

17. Amaya's Taco Village

5804 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78751

Amaya’s breakfast tacos come with three ingredients with meat for $2.19, and without for $1.59.

5804 N Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78751

18. Taco Joint

2807 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78705

The breakfast tacos from the Taco Joint on campus are below $2.85. [Photo: Taco Joint/Facebook]

2807 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78705

19. Lazarus Brewing Company

1902 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Breakfast tacos from East 6th Street’s newest brewery ring it for $2.50: bacon, carnitas, migas, and more.

1902 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

20. Vaquero Taquero

Duval St & E 43rd St, Austin, TX 78751
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All the tacos at Vaquero are under $3. The Hyde Park trailer is equipped with a trompo and asador for al pastor and al carbon tacos.

Duval St & E 43rd St
Austin, TX 78751

21. Tacos Guerrero

96 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78702

Wonderfully filling and cheap tacos can be found over at the orange trailer, with excellent carne guisada, al pastor, fajitas, and more.

96 N Pleasant Valley Rd
Austin, TX 78702

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