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A Tex-Mex dish from Joe’s Bakery.
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15 Sizzling Tex-Mex Restaurants in Austin

Enchiladas, fajitas, and plenty of queso

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A Tex-Mex dish from Joe’s Bakery.
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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 Abuela, Marcelino’s. Habanero, and others.

For more Tex-Mex and Mexican in Austin, look to the city’s best tacos, breakfast tacos, queso, margaritas, and Mexican martinis.

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Ramos Tex-Mex Restaurant

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The Wells Branch restaurant’s 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 so many combination plates. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Eldorado Cafe

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The North Shoal Tex-Mex restaurant is full of old-school tastes and vibes thanks to owner Joel Fried, who happens to be a former Tacodeli chef, and the team. There are cheesy enchiladas, piquant short ribs, and a ridiculously flavorful and spicy array of salsas. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Enchiladas y Mas

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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 fill, so plan accordingly. There are indoor dine-in services.

The Linc Tex-Mex restaurant is steeped in San Antonio traditions, which means puffy tacos alongside enchiladas and fajita tacos, plus there are plenty of tequila and mezcal options. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Amaya's Taco Village

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The Tex-Mex restaurant with two locations (the other down south in Southpark Meadows) knows its tacos very well, serving up sturdy tortillas filled with eggs, fish, chicken, beef, or even rib meat. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

La Cocina de Consuelo

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Consuela’s dream was to open a kitchen, and at the tender age of 63, she did. Come to the restaurant now run by her niece Letty Garcia for the amazing breakfast burrito bursting with whatever you want. The potato enchiladas with chile chipotle sauce are amazing. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Mi Madre's

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The Cherrywood restaurant is a pillar for Tex-Mex in the neighborhood, offering massive burritos, sizzling fajitas, and perfect crispy tacos with picadillo. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Maudie's Cafe

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The Austin chain reigns strong for all-things Tex-Mex in the city. The queso is a solid pick, as well as the gooey nachos, tender fajitas, and carne guisada tacos. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Marcelino’s

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An intricately sequined Virgen de Guadalupe watches over diners with gentle approval at this counter-service spot. Expect homemade corn tortillas, bacon that has a cult-like following, and superb carne guisada. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor dine-in services.

Tamale House East

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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 they have been for the past 60+ years. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

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If a condo displaces Joe’s, Austin will end as we know it. This Tex-Mex institution typically incurs waits and lines, with fancy folks jammed up against those catching a quick meal between construction gigs. The plates are huge, affordable, and arrive quickly. Takeout orders can be placed in person; weekend takeout orders can be placed over the phone; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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

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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. There are indoor dine-in services.

Matt's El Rancho

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The rambling historic ranch house restaurant’s appeal and menus 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. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-ins services.

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

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This little daytime 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. There are indoor dine-in services.

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

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The far south truck marries the best that Texas has to offer: Tex-Mex-barbecue. It’s best exemplified in the form of the Real Deal Holyfield breakfast taco: a fried egg paired with potatoes, refried beans, bacon, and smoked brisket. Plus there are great fajita tacos. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Ramos Tex-Mex Restaurant

The Wells Branch restaurant’s 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 so many combination plates. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Eldorado Cafe

The North Shoal Tex-Mex restaurant is full of old-school tastes and vibes thanks to owner Joel Fried, who happens to be a former Tacodeli chef, and the team. There are cheesy enchiladas, piquant short ribs, and a ridiculously flavorful and spicy array of salsas. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Enchiladas y Mas

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 fill, so plan accordingly. There are indoor dine-in services.

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The Linc Tex-Mex restaurant is steeped in San Antonio traditions, which means puffy tacos alongside enchiladas and fajita tacos, plus there are plenty of tequila and mezcal options. Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Amaya's Taco Village

The Tex-Mex restaurant with two locations (the other down south in Southpark Meadows) knows its tacos very well, serving up sturdy tortillas filled with eggs, fish, chicken, beef, or even rib meat. Pickup orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

La Cocina de Consuelo

Consuela’s dream was to open a kitchen, and at the tender age of 63, she did. Come to the restaurant now run by her niece Letty Garcia for the amazing breakfast burrito bursting with whatever you want. The potato enchiladas with chile chipotle sauce are amazing. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Mi Madre's

The Cherrywood restaurant is a pillar for Tex-Mex in the neighborhood, offering massive burritos, sizzling fajitas, and perfect crispy tacos with picadillo. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Maudie's Cafe

The Austin chain reigns strong for all-things Tex-Mex in the city. The queso is a solid pick, as well as the gooey nachos, tender fajitas, and carne guisada tacos. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Marcelino’s

An intricately sequined Virgen de Guadalupe watches over diners with gentle approval at this counter-service spot. Expect homemade corn tortillas, bacon that has a cult-like following, and superb carne guisada. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor dine-in services.

Tamale House East

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 they have been for the past 60+ years. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop

A white oval plate with a crispy taco, rice, 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 incurs waits and lines, with fancy folks jammed up against those catching a quick meal between construction gigs. The plates are huge, affordable, and arrive quickly. Takeout orders can be placed in person; weekend takeout orders can be placed over the phone; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A white oval plate with a crispy taco, rice, refried beans, and enchiladas covered in yellow cheese sauce.
Chicken enchiladas, crispy beef taco, rice, and beans from Joe’s
Deana Saukam

El Secreto de Abuela

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. There are indoor dine-in services.

Matt's El Rancho

A person holding up a big bowl of yellow melted cheese with a clump of ground meat and guacamole in the middle.
The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s El Rancho
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

The rambling historic ranch house restaurant’s appeal and menus 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. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-ins services.

A person holding up a big bowl of yellow melted cheese with a clump of ground meat and guacamole in the middle.
The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s El Rancho
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Habanero Mexican Cafe

This little daytime 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. There are indoor dine-in services.

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

The far south truck marries the best that Texas has to offer: Tex-Mex-barbecue. It’s best exemplified in the form of the Real Deal Holyfield breakfast taco: a fried egg paired with potatoes, refried beans, bacon, and smoked brisket. Plus there are great fajita tacos. Takeout orders can be placed in person; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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