Where can you find the cheapest tacos in Los Angeles? If you love fillings that include seafood and chicken, cilantro and tomatoes, then the taco is the dish that you will adore. Since it is possible to pay a pretty penny for this dish in L.A.’s fine dining establishments, low-cost eateries have carved out a sizable niche in this market. If you are not afraid of unassuming storefronts that are off the beaten tourist path, there are four locales that let you get you fill – on the cheap.
Taco Man Cart: $1 Tacos Offering Traditional Cabeza Meat
1602 North Soto Street in Los Angeles, 90033
Are you looking for the traditional Mexican taste that you can rarely get on this side of the border? If so, then the Taco Man cart is the eatery you choose. Whether you want the customary head meats or prefer the al pastor option, show up with cash. Opening up between 5 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., this is a great early or late night dinner. If you do not mind the loud street noise, this is the cheapest – and best – taco vendor you can find.
Rick’s Fish Tacos: Ensenada-style Fish Tacos
1400 North Virgil Avenue in Los Angeles, 90027
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, the taco truck is open the rest of the week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or slightly later – depending on business. Check Rick’s Twitter feed to see the latest closing announcements before heading out. Tacos are served up with fresh fish and cost about $3. The focus of this eatery is freshness. Bring your cash and enjoy fresh fish, crunchy lettuce and salsa verde you are going to drool over.
Taqueria Los Anaya: Living Out the Motto, “A Plate Is Never Too Full!”
4651 West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles, 90016
Open Monday through Saturday from 7a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., here you can get an al pastor taco for $1.75 or a carne asada one for $1.95. This has to be one of the few places where you can also order a nopal taco ($1.50) without having to answer any questions. If you like the idea of ordering from a larger menu, the Taqueria Los Anaya is the place to go. By the way, if you have a few bills burning a hole in your wallet, order the grilled New York steak. It comes with caramelized onions as well as a Mexican salad. Yum!
Guisados: Best Vegetarian Tacos at a Good Price
2100 East Cesar Chavez Avenue in Los Angeles, 90033
This eatery is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays until 5 p.m. Bring plenty of money for the meter since the lot can be a bit tough to traverse. This is the place you want to visit for a late lunch. You miss the busy time and can let the chefs work their magic just for you. If you are new to the taco experience, order the sampler platter. By the way, if you like it hot, try the cochinita pibil. There is a reason why it comes with three peppers next to its name on the menu.