Taqueria Azteca is my favorite place for tacos in Central Arkansas. (They have two spots, one in Maumelle and one in Benton.) They’re as authentico as I imagine they get, and certainly bring me back to those terrific taco places I’ve eaten at in Mexico.
The menu is standard taqueria: tacos, burritos, quesadillas, but the flavors are off the chart. Here’s a copy of the Taqueria Azteca menu:
When I order, I pick the meat but let them pick the toppings. I like the adventure of it. That usually means chopped onions and cilantro, with a lime, a roasted jalapeño, and some grilled onions on the side. For meats I usually choose the tongue, pork al pastor, and carne asada.
Get the roasted jalapeño. Live a little. These are spicy hot and make me hiccup sometimes, but that’s how I know they’re good.
I like to order my tacos as a combo plate with rice and beans. The refried beans are loose, and benefit from a squeeze of the fresh lime they provide as well as a dash of salt. They put salt and pepper on the table.
Order a boat of chips and hit up this fresh salsa bar. They make a beautiful roasted red tomato salsa and a tart green tomatillo salsa.
They also make a nice white cheese dip. (While that is not Mexican, it sure is Southern. Here in the South, no respectable Mexican restaurant lacks cheese dip. It’s just what we expect here.) Some of that roasted jalapeño would be good in it.
I have taco pictures for days. I eat here a lot. It’s a pocket fave.
Taqueria Azteca is the triumvirate of tacowonderfulness: wonderful ladies that work there (and with their smiles and conviviality, appear like they really like working there), a clean, clean establishment, and wonderful food. It hits all the right spots for me, so for me, Taqueria Azteca makes the best tacos in Central Arkansas.