The humble street taco has taken on a variety of forms across Tulsa. Using the timeless and simple formula of tortilla + protein + veggies + cheese, chefs are creating imaginative taco concoctions with flair. Jerk chicken with Caribbean spices replaces grilled meats flavored with cumin. Sometimes meat is replaced all-together to create a vegan-friendly taco. Move over salsa, because a tangy, spicy bulgogi sauce is a delectably dangerous doppelganger. This list is a mix of both traditional tacos from some of Tulsa’s favorite taqueria’s and a few of our favorite non-traditional twists and fusions.
This list is a work in progress as we’re always discovering and experiencing new spots thanks to the recommendations by our readers.
Taco’s Don Fransisco
There’s little better in life than chorizo or marinated pork wrapped in a warm tortilla. Tacos Don Francisco is a great place for authentic carne asada. We love the Don Fransisco Platter, Enchiladas, Tamales, and their Horchata. If you’re ever in the mood for late-night tacos, look no further. They stay open until 10pm during the week and 3am on Friday & Saturday. 4008 E 11th St, Tulsa, OK 74112
High Dive Tulsa
High Dive Tulsa is tucked away on Studio Row across the street from the historic Church Studio (3rd & Trenton). They’ve been working hard to perfect their Korean inspired bbq on the Hasty-Bake and we must say, they’ve done a really great job! They have a Korean Taco Takeout Box, it includes 6 tortillas, 4 meats, 4 toppings, and 4 sauces with chips and salsa. They always have some type of music, karaoke, or trivia event happening throughout the week and a great cocktail menu to pair with their Korean Cuisine. 315 S Trenton Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120
Mr. Nice Guys
Mr. Nice Guys has been delivering good vibes and delicious food to Tulsans since 2012. Their philosophy has always been to slow down and take in a simple laid back moment by enjoying great food. You can follow their social media accounts to hunt down the location and hours of their Food Truck or you can find them at Mother Road Market or their Brick & Mortar on 37th & Harvard. We suggest all street taco fanatics try their Caribbean Jerk Chicken tacos. 1124 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74104
Calavera’s Mexican Grill
Calavera’s has a colorful, festive feel that correlates well with the owner’s warm demeanor and the vibrant, fresh flavors found in the food. Opening in 2014 as an authentic Mexican grill and welcome addition to Tulsa’s Kendall Whittier District, it quickly gained popularity by word of mouth alone. We love Calavera’s traditional street tacos, but we REALLY love their fish tacos. Each soft tortilla holds a mound of tilapia, and is topped with pico de gallo, pickled cabbage, and the house-made chipotle sauce give these tacos a balanced kick. 2326 E Admiral Blvd, Tulsa, OK 74110
Elote Cafe & Catering
Elote is home to Tulsa’s largest Luchador wrestling events and the famous Puffy Tacos. They’ve always been known to source locally whenever possible and have plenty of options for their vegan and gluten-free guests. Located in the heart of downtown Tulsa on Boston Ave since 2008, owner Libby Billings has brought so much character and delicious food to the Deco District scene. ALSO – you’ll find the Breakfast version of these puffy tacos for sale every Saturday morning at the Tulsa Farmer’s Market. 514 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74103
Mr. Tacos is one of Tulsa’s beloved traditional taquerias located just north of the Kendall Whittier District on Lewis. They’re famous for their King burritos, tacos, and tamales. They have a few outdoor picnic tables and a walk-up order window or if you’re on the go, the drive-thru is also an option. They have such a loyal following here, we’re pretty sure once you try Mr.Tacos you’re hooked for life! 130 N Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74110
Gogi Gui Korean Grill
The result may look similar to a traditional Mexican taco, but with a decidedly Korean twist. You can choose either pork or beef bulgogi, which is seasoned with a spicy bulgogi sauce and crushed Korean red peppers, then topped with Asian slaw and toasted sesame seeds. The other Korean Mexican fusion items on their menu prove that this is a match made in flavor heaven. 6380 E 31st St, Tulsa, OK 74135
El Rancho Grande
El Rancho Grande has been a Tulsa treasure on the historic Route 66 since 1953, with 60+ years of experience and tested recipes, they have quite the loyal fan base. They serve all kinds of tacos; fish tacos, fire-grilled shrimp tacos, shredded chicken tacos, but we must say we love their Street Tacos with chopped steak, cilantro and lime. Also, don’t forget to try their Margaritas! 1629 E 11th St, Tulsa, OK 74120
Johnson’s Stepping Stone Cafe
The Indian Taco is a treat that all Okies savor, but it’s usually only available during the fair or at special events. Luckily, we’ve discovered the perfect place to get your Indian taco fix. A quaint spot called Johnson’s Stepping Stone Café in Bixby serves Indian tacos every Wednesday; and they are divine. The fry bread is decadent, with the perfect density and the perfect amount of sweetness. They grind their hamburger in house at Johnson’s, which gives the taco meat a distinctly beefy flavor, and the homemade pinto beans are a velvety addition to the taco. Of course, no Indian taco would be complete without tomato, lettuce, onion, sour cream and salsa. It may be one of the best Indian tacos this food writer has ever had. So, on Wednesdays, you’ll know where to find me. 4 N Armstrong St, Bixby, OK 74008
Sisserou’s Caribbean Restaurant
If you’re looking for authentic Caribbean cuisine in Tulsa, stop in to Sisserou’s. Owned and operated by Brother and Sister team, Ilana and Eben, who are from Dominica in the Southern Caribbean. Their Jerk Chicken tacos are topped with a red pepper aioli and pack the perfect amount of heat, along with a side of their famous spicy street corn. They are often offered only on their lunch menu, however we’ve seen a taco night special pop up every so often. Check out their social media to find the most current information on weekly specials. 107 N Boulder Ave C, Tulsa, OK 74103
El Rio Verde Restaurant
Nestled just off of Admiral and Utica, it’s safe to say the location is right for authentic Mexican food. The decor is spot-on, too. Owners Roman and Romona Gonzalez have been running this restaurant for 20 years and they know what they’re doing. They are famous for their Wet Burritos, but their tacos are just as great. Pictured above is the Vampiro Taco with Carnitas which includes grilled cheese on a crispy tortilla with sour cream and guacamole. 38 N Trenton Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120
Chimera is where all the cool kids hang, and their breakfast tacos are all the rage. Named after Sonic Youth songs, the flavor combos are a heady mix of traditional Mexican with a modern vibe. The Disappearer is a self-fulfilling prophecy in taco form; filled with egg, bacon, cheddar, chipotle crema and cilantro, these tacos will disappear quickly from your plate and into your belly. The Tokyo Eye is a vegetarian-friendly option with an Asian twist, featuring tofu scramble, smoked adzuki strips, poblano sauté, and avocado crema. Chimera also serves up a damn fine cup of joe and, bonus, they have a full bar at your service. 212 N Main St, Tulsa, OK 74103
El Guapo’s Cantina
El Guapo’s Cantina is an endeavor of the Mcnellie’s Restaurant Group, they have a newer location in South Tulsa, but we really love the original downtown location because of the open air rooftop cantina. They fill up every Tuesday for their $1 street taco night. They also have an extensive list of delicious, house-made margaritas and unique tequilas to try. 332 E 1st St, Tulsa, OK 74120
Rub BBQ Food Truck
Joel Bein, the man behind Rub BBQ Food Truck, started feeding Tulsa in 2014 and really honed in on a unique BBQ fusion style of cooking. He has an entire Taco menu that features a twist on the traditional taco including The Tuna Tostado, Lamb Tacos with tzatziki and feta, Jerked Jackfruit with mango salsa, Korean Short Rib Tacos, Brisket Tacos, and the list goes on and on. You can usually find them at all the local food truck events and every Saturday morning at the Tulsa Farmer’s Market serving up Breakfast Tacos.
Editor’s Note: A very special thank you to Angela Evans for contributing and writing about many of the non-traditional tacos here in Tulsa.
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