clock menu more-arrow no yes
Photos: Taco Journalism

Ten Killer Tacos Al Pastor in Austin, Mapped

View as Map

Where are Austin's best tacos al pastor? Local taco interventionist Mando Rayo went on a #TrompoQuest to find out, along with the rest of the Taco Journalism team. Here's what Rayo has to say about their picks:

#TrompoQuest! For Eater Austin we went on a journey to find the best tacos al pastor in Austin, Texas y'all! If you know us (Taco Journalism), y'know we like real deal taco joints, not just what's hot or trendy. We looked for a great sabor, guajillo chiles y achiote, consistency and quality. Here are their top ten tacos al pastor, mapped.
— Mando Rayo
· All Taco Journalism Coverage [EATX]

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Rosita's Al Pastor

Copy Link
1911 East Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78741

Known for it's trailer off Riverside Drive, they have been serving up tacos till 3am after crazy nights at Club Carnaval. Now revelers all of types go to the Al Pastor trailer and brick and morter in the same parking lot. You'll see Botas Picudas, students, los yuppies & worker bees eating up probably the best al pastor in town and straight from the trompo!

2. El Taquito Austin

Copy Link
1713 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 851-8226
Visit Website

The little taco shack on the hill - Another hit on Riverside Drive. As soon as it opened a few years ago, it has been a staple for street style tacos - definitely al pastor, a full salsa and chile bar & great prices. FYI The trompo only parties on the weekend!

3. El Pollo Rey

Copy Link
1725 Old East Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78741

Ven-Pakaw! Yes the rotisserie chicken is the bomb and so is their Al Pastor. It's juicy, saucy and hearty. Can't beat that with a side of pollo!

4. Pueblo Viejo

Copy Link
1001 East 6th St
Austin, TX

Hailing from Guanajato, MX, Margarita and Nestor bring real deal Mexican flavors to Austin. Their trailer is located on East 6th street and they have some of the best taco creations around as well as traditional al pastor y bistek tacos.

5. Veracruz All Natural

Copy Link
1704 East Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 981-1760

Austin's yummy little secret is out and it has Verucruz written all over it. They offer tortillas hechas a mano, one of the best migas in town and their al pastor equals their All Natural mission.

6. Mi Tradición

Copy Link
8716 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78758

The bakery & taqueria formerly known as Chuy's Panaderia. When you enter Mi Tradición, you enter Mexico, from the great selection of pan dulce to the tortas and well, the Al Pastor is just perfect with slices of pineapple and radishes. Definitely one of my favorites.

7. El Primo Taco Truck

Copy Link
2101 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

South Austin's favorite trailer....AMIRTE?!? This little taco stand serves up the basics and does them well. The Al Pastor is soft and crunchy and they make that taco like your primo used to make.

8. Papalote Taco House

Copy Link
2803 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 804-2474
Visit Website

Fresh, affordable and creative. Papalote's Al Pastor has a chunky and smoked sabor. Papalote is bringing the Mexican tradition with a creative spin and quality freshness, from the al pastor to the banderillas taquitos to my fave veggie - rajas y hongos taco.

9. El Borrego de Oro

Copy Link
3900 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

Yes, theses tacos are golden! All of them. Their al pastor is chunky, shredded and really good especially with house-made corn tortillas.

10. Taqueria Arandas #2

Copy Link
2038 W Stassney Ln
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 448-4771

You can't beat authentic Mexican, inexpensive prices and the consistency of good food. We've been fans of all the Aranda's but for Al Pastor, we go for Numero Dos.

Loading comments...

1. Rosita's Al Pastor

1911 East Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

Known for it's trailer off Riverside Drive, they have been serving up tacos till 3am after crazy nights at Club Carnaval. Now revelers all of types go to the Al Pastor trailer and brick and morter in the same parking lot. You'll see Botas Picudas, students, los yuppies & worker bees eating up probably the best al pastor in town and straight from the trompo!

1911 East Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78741

2. El Taquito Austin

1713 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741

The little taco shack on the hill - Another hit on Riverside Drive. As soon as it opened a few years ago, it has been a staple for street style tacos - definitely al pastor, a full salsa and chile bar & great prices. FYI The trompo only parties on the weekend!

1713 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78741

3. El Pollo Rey

1725 Old East Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

Ven-Pakaw! Yes the rotisserie chicken is the bomb and so is their Al Pastor. It's juicy, saucy and hearty. Can't beat that with a side of pollo!

1725 Old East Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78741

4. Pueblo Viejo

1001 East 6th St, Austin, TX

Hailing from Guanajato, MX, Margarita and Nestor bring real deal Mexican flavors to Austin. Their trailer is located on East 6th street and they have some of the best taco creations around as well as traditional al pastor y bistek tacos.

1001 East 6th St
Austin, TX

5. Veracruz All Natural

1704 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702

Austin's yummy little secret is out and it has Verucruz written all over it. They offer tortillas hechas a mano, one of the best migas in town and their al pastor equals their All Natural mission.

1704 East Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702

6. Mi Tradición

8716 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78758

The bakery & taqueria formerly known as Chuy's Panaderia. When you enter Mi Tradición, you enter Mexico, from the great selection of pan dulce to the tortas and well, the Al Pastor is just perfect with slices of pineapple and radishes. Definitely one of my favorites.

8716 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78758

7. El Primo Taco Truck

2101 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

South Austin's favorite trailer....AMIRTE?!? This little taco stand serves up the basics and does them well. The Al Pastor is soft and crunchy and they make that taco like your primo used to make.

2101 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

8. Papalote Taco House

2803 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Fresh, affordable and creative. Papalote's Al Pastor has a chunky and smoked sabor. Papalote is bringing the Mexican tradition with a creative spin and quality freshness, from the al pastor to the banderillas taquitos to my fave veggie - rajas y hongos taco.

2803 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

9. El Borrego de Oro

3900 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Yes, theses tacos are golden! All of them. Their al pastor is chunky, shredded and really good especially with house-made corn tortillas.

3900 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

10. Taqueria Arandas #2

2038 W Stassney Ln, Austin, TX 78745

You can't beat authentic Mexican, inexpensive prices and the consistency of good food. We've been fans of all the Aranda's but for Al Pastor, we go for Numero Dos.

2038 W Stassney Ln
Austin, TX 78745

Related Maps