Best Authentic Tacos In Toronto You Will Really Love!

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Best Authentic Tacos In Toronto You Will Really Love

Local Business Spotlight – Mi Taco Taqueria

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo I would like to put a spotlight on a great local small business in Toronto’s Queen Street West neighborhood called Mi Taco Taqueria (Mi Taco). This family owned restaurant is mainly run by a mother-daughter team who work alongside other staff in the restaurant on a daily basis making and serving authentic tacos. I had an opportunity to meet with each of them and chat about their business.

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Mi Taco Story

Mi Taco co-owners Lidia and her daughter Vanessa are born and raised in Toronto. When Lidia met her husband Greg who is from Dallas the whole family moved to Texas. Over the years both mother and daughter immersed themselves in Mexican culture and fallen in love with Mexican cuisine. This is where the idea of opening a Mexican restaurant took shape. After moving back to Toronto some years later, the family decided to open an authentic tacos restaurant. In order to satisfy Toronto’s diverse culture they decided to add burritos and burrito bowls to the menu, which proved to be a good move in the long run. In October 2015 Mi Taco opened its doors and has been going strong ever since.

Best Authentic Tacos You Will Actually Love In Toronto

Mi Taco Authentic Tacos

There are six types of tacos at Mi Taco:

  1. carne asada’ (beef)
  2. tinga de pollo’ (chicken)
  3. ‘shredded brisket’ (beef or veal)
  4. picadillo’ (beef)
  5. ‘vegetable seasonal’
  6. ‘grilled pescado (fish) or shrimp’

You can also order Mexican burritos with house made flour tortillas and burrito bowls.

I can tell you right now that no matter what flavor you order, the tacos are scrumptious and there are many toppings you can choose to top off your tacos such as:

The tacos reflect authentic Mexican flavors with an option to add a special flavored sauce or ‘crema’ to your order. There’s accompanying side dishes that you can add to your order such as:

  • chips and guacamole
  • chips and salsa
  • elote (Mexican street corn)
  • Mexican rice
  • smashed beans

Best Authentic Tacos You Will Actually Love In Toronto

Our Mi Taco Experience

Ivisited Mi Taco Taqueria with my boyfriend on three occasions and we had a great experience each time. The tacos I had the pleasure of tasting were the ‘carne asada’, ‘tinga de pollo’ ‘brisket’ and ‘grilled pescado ‘. They all had wonderful and unique flavors. My favorite taco was the ‘tinga de pollo’ (chicken) and the ‘grilled pescado’ (grilled cod). We also ordered a side of tasty guacamole with chips; Mexican street toasted corn, which was really delicious as well as rice and beans that accompanied the food nicely.

Best Authentic Tacos You Will Actually Love In Toronto

Best Authentic Tacos You Will Actually Love In Toronto

Best Authentic Tacos You Will Actually Love In Toronto

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Why We Like Mi Taco?

What I like about Mi Taco is the fact that you can customize your order with any toppings and sauces to your liking. You can opt for complete authentic tacos flavors or you can spice things up by adding a flavorful ‘crema’. Another important fact is that Mi Taco makes all of their food from scratch in a small kitchen on the premises. Their dishes are made fresh daily and they even make their own flour tortillas. It is apparent to me that the owners and the staff take pride in the food they make.

What Makes Mi Taco Different?

It’s hard to find a decent restaurant in Toronto that makes, bakes and serves real authentic and fresh cuisine. Lidia developed all the recipes herself with an emphasis on authentic Mexican flavors. You can usually find her or Vanessa working alongside their team at the restaurant, a rare treat these days. Did I mention they make a great margarita and serve beer as well? Oh yes they do. This is a great little local joint to grab a bite, sit down with friends or even go for a quick fun date with your loved one. Sticking to the idea of having a simple menu with fresh and exciting ingredients has proven to be the success of Mi Taco while other places have long gone from the Queen Street West strip.

Mi Taco Dining Options

Another bonus of Mi Taco is that the dine-in experience is unassuming, unpretentious and very welcoming. The dining room is small but unless you come during the busy lunch hours you can usually find a spot to sit comfortably. If you’re not in the neighborhood you can still try Mi Taco’s food because they have partnered with food delivery services such as Foodora and Uber Eats so you can get your food delivered. I also found out from Lidia that they do offer catering for a variety of events and their catering business is growing every day. So consider using Mi Taco for your next family or office function.

Best Authentic Tacos You Will Actually Love In Toronto

Best Authentic Tacos You Will Actually Love In Toronto

Me Taco Special Events

In a couple of weeks and for the remainder of the summer Mi Taco will be switching to using organic blue corn chips to serve alongside its signature guacamole and salsa to celebrate the upcoming Blue Jay’s baseball season. I don’t know about you but that sounds yummy and a great way to show your home team spirit. Go Jays Go!!!

So I hope you check out Mi Taco Taqueria next time you’re in Toronto and craving authentic tacos. And if you’re in town right now why not visit them on Cinco de Mayo? They will be giving out Mexican candy and you can get your face painted so you can enjoy all the Cinco de Mayo festivities around town.

Best Authentic Tacos You Will Actually Love In Toronto

Have you visited Mi Taco yet? What was your favorite dish? Do you prefer to visit small family owned restaurants or are you a fan of big franchises? Let me know in the comments below. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter!


  1. Rachel says:

    I love Tacos! If I am ever in Toronto I will make sure to check this place out.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Awesome Rachel. I’m sure you’ll love it!

  2. shopannies (@shopannies) says:

    I have a family that loves tacos but they love them all the way they personally prefer.
    come see us at

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s great. Tacos are so delicious! Thanks for checking out the article 🙂

  3. Jhilmil says:

    It’s morning in India, & I’m really hungry now..

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Ha ha ha. Hope you get to eat something delicious soon!

  4. Victoria Lola says:

    OMG I’m soooooooo hungry now; I love the story behind Mi Taco; goal getter mother and daughter….powerful pair. I’d surely visit here when next I come to Canada; that looks sooooo rich, tasty and healthy, I shouldn’t miss out on this ;). Thanks for sharing xx
    And by the way, I love your blog 🙂

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Thank you Victoria. Yes, this is a great place. Please visit when you’re in Toronto!

      1. Victoria Lola says:

        I sure will 😉 :*

  5. Perla Jacobs says:

    I love taco and the one in the photos looks so delicious that I could eat not one but three of them in a row. This was a very detailed and helpful review of this local and first time in Toronto I’ll be looking for Mi Taco.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Thank you for your kind words Perla. Yes for sure check it out when you decide to visit Toronto. It will be worth it.

  6. Martha says:

    I’ve never been a fan of tacos but these look delicious! My granddaughter enjoys them, sharing this with her.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Thank you very much Martha. Have a great day!

  7. Abhishek Goyal says:

    I’ve never eat taco in my life. But now after seeing this I definitely try this once. Its look delicious here. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Oh wow Abhishek. I love tacos!!! You should definitely try one soon 🙂

  8. Abhinav says:

    I am about to hit the shores of Toronto and this is now on my list. No wonder why so many people get hungry looking at something so tempting

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Ha ha ha Abhinav. That’s great. I hope you have a blast in Toronto.

  9. maddiesmamamusings says:

    This is perfect for Cinco de mayo! If I am ever back in Toronto (I’ve been once) I’ll have to give one of these a shot

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Yes. I hope you do come back to Toronto!!!

  10. Bethany M. Edwards| Biracial Bookworms says:

    We have a trip planned for Toronto this summer and will definitely save this post. We love tacos!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s awesome Bethany. There’s so many fun things to do here. I hope you have a great time.

  11. Katie Dahl says:

    I used to live a couple of hours from Toronto, and would go a few times a year- it’s such a great city, with great food! Haven’t been in a long time, but I will keep these in mind if I get back!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Thanks Katie. I hope you come back to Toronto soon 🙂

  12. Danielle says:

    Tacos are my favorite, and these look amazing!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Oh I love tacos too. Thanks for checking out the article!

  13. Evelyn Reese says:

    I love tacos and the pictures look great with their Tacos, look very appetizing!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Thank Evelyn. Glad you enjoyed the article!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Oh great. I hope you had a blast in Toronto.

  14. Alicia-Joy Pierre (@aliciajoyonline) says:

    These tacos look yummy, and I love that you can customize them. Hope to visit Canada next sometime in 2018. Bookmarking this. 🙂

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Thank you so much Alicia. That’s great you’re planning a trip to Canada. I hope you have a great time.

  15. realmofvibes says:

    I wish I could have joined you yesterday! Mi Taco sounds like a fabulous place to get some authentic grub!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Yes, I wish you could’ve joined me too. No worries, next time ?

  16. Krista says:

    I love tacos and if I’m ever in Toronto I’ll have to remember this place!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Yay absolutely, thanks Krista!

  17. Mae says:

    Oh my, we love places like this! We just had tacos for cinco de mayo too and often fix Tuesday tacos at home! I love how thorough this review is!

    Mae |

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Thank you so much for all your kind words Mae. We love making tacos at home too!

  18. J. Shan’Trice – Fashionaire She says:

    I am an avid lover of street tacos and would like to think of myself as a taco connoisseur. My taco favorites include, fajita beef, cilantro and corn tacos. Gosh reading this just made me hungry!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Wow, that’s awesome J. ShanTrice. You should get some tacos now 🙂

  19. jenruizwriter says:

    Big taco fan here, this sounds right up my alley!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Awesome! I love tacos as well as you can see he he he!

  20. Globejamun says:

    This place looks a sheer delight. When I’m in Toronto… next year God willing, I’m dropping by 🙂

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Yes do check it out if you do make it to Toronto.

  21. The Globe Runners says:

    Did someone say tacos in Toronto?!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Ha ha ha yes, me!!!

  22. Lisa K says:

    I really enjoy Mexican food. Tacos, guacamole and chips…sounds like a great place:)

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Oh I love Mexican food too. I’m craving tacos already. And I eat guac at least once a month ?

  23. Tahna de Veyra says:

    That place is obviously a must try.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      It is indeed. So good.

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