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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

El Primo

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

Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

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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.

Porfirio's Tacos

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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.

Veracruz All Natural

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

Las Trancas

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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.

La Mexicana Bakery

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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.

Tyson's Tacos

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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.

Rosita's Al Pastor

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

Maria's Taco Xpress

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

Papalote Taco House

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

Taco More

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

Taqueria Mi Trailita

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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.

Taqueria Morales

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

La Michoacana Meat Market

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

La Flor

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

Elaine's

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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.

Amaya's Taco Village

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

Taco Joint

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

Lazarus Brewing Company

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

Vaquero Taquero

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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.

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Tacos Guerrero

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

El Primo

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

Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

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

Porfirio's Tacos

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

Veracruz All Natural

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

Las Trancas

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.

La Mexicana Bakery

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

Tyson's Tacos

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

Rosita's Al Pastor

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

Maria's Taco Xpress

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

Papalote Taco House