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14 Sizzling Tex-Mex Restaurants in Austin

Enchiladas, fajitas, and plenty of queso

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Comfort food in Austin more often than not means Tex-Mex. Once that particular craving hits, nothing else will do. There’s nothing more satisfying than digging into sizzling fajitas or cutting the first piping hot bite out of a cheesy spicy enchilada.

The mashup of Mexican fare with Texas tradition has led Austin to the proverbial promised land of flavors, full of bowls of sopa azteca, carne guisada, and refried beans. Eater’s guide to the best Tex-Mex restaurants in Austin will lead to both the tried and true and the spots off the beaten path, such as Matt's El Rancho, Joe's Bakery, El Secreto de Abuelo, Marcelino Pan y Vino, and others.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cielito Lindo Mexican Cuisine

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1540 Cypress Creek Road
Cedar Park, TX 78613

While, yes, it’s up in Cedar Park, this restaurant is a Tex-Mex staple with BYOB to boost. This is also, perhaps surprisingly, one of the few spots that have tamales on its regular menu. Sometimes it’s the little things that set a place apart. The fluffy tortillas are great, as are the roasted salsa, and three types of chiles relleno, plus there’s pozole on the weekends.

2. Ramos Tex-Mex Restaurant

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14611 N Mopac Expy #103
Austin, TX 78728
(512) 246-0727
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Ramos’ menu reads like a dictionary of Tex-Mex favorites. Chimichangas stuffed with roasted chicken, green chiles, and smothered in sauce, tender pork marinated in red chile, steak a la Mexicana, fajitas, tortilla soup, fried ice cream, and a million combination plates.

A plate from Ramos Tex-Mex Restaurant
A plate from Ramos Tex-Mex Restaurant
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3. Vazquez Taqueria

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915 E Braker Ln
Austin, TX 78753

Vazquez’s fajitas are incredibly tender, the gorditas are fresh-fried, and the Huevos Divorciados (two eggs, one topped with green sauce and the other with red) are the most ideal way to start the morning. There are three locations all together.

4. Casa Chapala

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9041 Research Blvd #100
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 277-7805
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Casa Chapala’s Tex-Mex lunch buffet could fell the most robust gurgitator. The tableside guacamole is dinner and a show with fresh spices, lime, and accouterment mixed together on the spot. Don’t miss the happy hour from all day on Monday and Tuesday and from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, with a huge selection of tequilas.

A burrito from Casa Chapala
A burrito from Casa Chapala
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5. Alli Mexican Cuisine

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948 Payton Gin Rd
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 608-4166
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When the cold settles in, true Tex-Mex aficionados go in search of a steaming bowl of caldo, which they’ll find at Alli Mexican Cuisine (formerly Mi Cocina Mexican Restaurant). The soup is subtly spiced and chock full of carne or chicken, cabbage, carrots, squash, and green beans. Also, try the tacos de bistek topped with queso fresco and avocado, as well as the fresh sopes.

6. Enchiladas y Mas

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1911 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 467-7100
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There is one reason to go to Enchiladas Y Mas, and it is right in the name. Oh right, also the margaritas that will knock you clear into next week. It’s packed all the time because everyone’s gotta get their fix so plan accordingly.

Tex-Mex plates from Enchiladas y Mas
Tex-Mex plates from Enchiladas y Mas
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7. La Casita

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1519 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 469-0105
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Brightly painted walls, folk art, and a television screen always tuned to a telenovela or soccer game are expected at this unassuming restaurant in Allandale. The menu is insanely long and standouts are the carne asada, huaraches, and the tortilla soup — the biggest and best in the city.

8. La Cocina de Consuelo

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4516 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 524-4740
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Consuela’s dream was to open a kitchen, and at the tender age of 63, she did. Come here for the banging breakfast burrito bursting with whatever you want. The potato enchiladas with chile chipotle sauce are amazing.

9. Marcelino Pan y Vino

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901 Tillery St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 926-1709

An intricately sequined Virgen de Guadalupe watches over diners with gentle approval at this counter-service spot. Expect fresh tamales, homemade corn tortillas, and bacon that has a cult-like following.

10. Tamale House East

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1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 495-9504
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Tamale House East is part of Austin’s Tex-Mex history, and for good reason. The family dishes out steadfast migas, enchiladas, tacos, and tamales, as it has been for the past 60 years.

11. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

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2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 472-0017
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If a condo displaces Joe’s, Austin will end as we know it. This Tex-Mex institution typically has a line out the door, with fancy folks jammed up against those catching a quick meal between construction gigs. The plates are huge, inexpensive, and arrive quickly.

A white oval plate with a crispy taco, refried beans, and enchiladas covered in yellow cheese sauce.
Chicken enchiladas, crispy beef taco, rice, and beans from Joe’s
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12. El Secreto de Abuela

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817 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78702

Granny’s got a secret and it’s this restaurant. Fresh chips are always a good indicator that diners are getting something special. Homemade tortillas, aguas frescas, huge micheladas, and a bean and cheese burrito the size of person’s forearm confirms all of that.

13. Matt's El Rancho

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2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 462-9333
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There would be a riot in the streets if Matt’s was left off this list. The rambling ranch house appeal and menu of both interior and Tex-Mex specialties make it a good spot for groups. Though the tostadas compuestas and the beef enchilada are stellar, everyone’s really there for the Bob Armstrong dip and a Mexican martini.

The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s El Rancho
The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s El Rancho
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14. Habanero Mexican Cafe

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501 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 416-0443
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This little cash-only spot on Oltorf has all the staples (fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas) but the specialties are truly boss. The El Patron huevos rancheros come with two fried eggs smothered in ranchero sauce, all next to a pile of fajitas and a lake of refried beans.

Shrimp enchiladas from Habanero
Shrimp enchiladas from Habanero
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1. Cielito Lindo Mexican Cuisine

1540 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX 78613

While, yes, it’s up in Cedar Park, this restaurant is a Tex-Mex staple with BYOB to boost. This is also, perhaps surprisingly, one of the few spots that have tamales on its regular menu. Sometimes it’s the little things that set a place apart. The fluffy tortillas are great, as are the roasted salsa, and three types of chiles relleno, plus there’s pozole on the weekends.

1540 Cypress Creek Road
Cedar Park, TX 78613

2. Ramos Tex-Mex Restaurant

14611 N Mopac Expy #103, Austin, TX 78728
A plate from Ramos Tex-Mex Restaurant
A plate from Ramos Tex-Mex Restaurant
Ramos Tex-Mex Restaurant/Facebook

Ramos’ menu reads like a dictionary of Tex-Mex favorites. Chimichangas stuffed with roasted chicken, green chiles, and smothered in sauce, tender pork marinated in red chile, steak a la Mexicana, fajitas, tortilla soup, fried ice cream, and a million combination plates.

14611 N Mopac Expy #103
Austin, TX 78728

3. Vazquez Taqueria

915 E Braker Ln, Austin, TX 78753

Vazquez’s fajitas are incredibly tender, the gorditas are fresh-fried, and the Huevos Divorciados (two eggs, one topped with green sauce and the other with red) are the most ideal way to start the morning. There are three locations all together.

915 E Braker Ln
Austin, TX 78753

4. Casa Chapala

9041 Research Blvd #100, Austin, TX 78758
A burrito from Casa Chapala
A burrito from Casa Chapala
Casa Chapala/Facebook

Casa Chapala’s Tex-Mex lunch buffet could fell the most robust gurgitator. The tableside guacamole is dinner and a show with fresh spices, lime, and accouterment mixed together on the spot. Don’t miss the happy hour from all day on Monday and Tuesday and from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, with a huge selection of tequilas.

9041 Research Blvd #100
Austin, TX 78758

5. Alli Mexican Cuisine

948 Payton Gin Rd, Austin, TX 78758

When the cold settles in, true Tex-Mex aficionados go in search of a steaming bowl of caldo, which they’ll find at Alli Mexican Cuisine (formerly Mi Cocina Mexican Restaurant). The soup is subtly spiced and chock full of carne or chicken, cabbage, carrots, squash, and green beans. Also, try the tacos de bistek topped with queso fresco and avocado, as well as the fresh sopes.

948 Payton Gin Rd
Austin, TX 78758

6. Enchiladas y Mas

1911 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757
Tex-Mex plates from Enchiladas y Mas
Tex-Mex plates from Enchiladas y Mas
Enchiladas y Mas/Facebook

There is one reason to go to Enchiladas Y Mas, and it is right in the name. Oh right, also the margaritas that will knock you clear into next week. It’s packed all the time because everyone’s gotta get their fix so plan accordingly.

1911 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

7. La Casita

1519 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

Brightly painted walls, folk art, and a television screen always tuned to a telenovela or soccer game are expected at this unassuming restaurant in Allandale. The menu is insanely long and standouts are the carne asada, huaraches, and the tortilla soup — the biggest and best in the city.

1519 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

8. La Cocina de Consuelo

4516 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756

Consuela’s dream was to open a kitchen, and at the tender age of 63, she did. Come here for the banging breakfast burrito bursting with whatever you want. The potato enchiladas with chile chipotle sauce are amazing.

4516 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

9. Marcelino Pan y Vino

901 Tillery St, Austin, TX 78702

An intricately sequined Virgen de Guadalupe watches over diners with gentle approval at this counter-service spot. Expect fresh tamales, homemade corn tortillas, and bacon that has a cult-like following.

901 Tillery St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Tamale House East

1707 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Tamale House East is part of Austin’s Tex-Mex history, and for good reason. The family dishes out steadfast migas, enchiladas, tacos, and tamales, as it has been for the past 60 years.

1707 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

2305 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
A white oval plate with a crispy taco, refried beans, and enchiladas covered in yellow cheese sauce.
Chicken enchiladas, crispy beef taco, rice, and beans from Joe’s
Deana Saukam

If a condo displaces Joe’s, Austin will end as we know it. This Tex-Mex institution typically has a line out the door, with fancy folks jammed up against those catching a quick meal between construction gigs. The plates are huge, inexpensive, and arrive quickly.

2305 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

12. El Secreto de Abuela

817 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78702

Granny’s got a secret and it’s this restaurant. Fresh chips are always a good indicator that diners are getting something special. Homemade tortillas, aguas frescas, huge micheladas, and a bean and cheese burrito the size of person’s forearm confirms all of that.

817 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78702

13. Matt's El Rancho

2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s El Rancho
The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s El Rancho
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

There would be a riot in the streets if Matt’s was left off this list. The rambling ranch house appeal and menu of both interior and Tex-Mex specialties make it a good spot for groups. Though the tostadas compuestas and the beef enchilada are stellar, everyone’s really there for the Bob Armstrong dip and a Mexican martini.

2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

14. Habanero Mexican Cafe

501 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
Shrimp enchiladas from Habanero
Shrimp enchiladas from Habanero
Habanero/Facebook

This little cash-only spot on Oltorf has all the staples (fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas) but the specialties are truly boss. The El Patron huevos rancheros come with two fried eggs smothered in ranchero sauce, all next to a pile of fajitas and a lake of refried beans.

501 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

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