I’ll be the first to admit that I used this title as click bait. I knew that those of you with favorite taco shops around Colorado were going to click the link, and if you didn’t see your favorite taco listed you would school me on taco greatness.
Here’s the thing. “Best of” lists about food are crap and I can say that because I’ve written one in the past. Everyone has a different set of taste buds, not to mention we are influenced by things ambiance and the people we were dining with.
With that being said, I shall reveal three of the most memorable tacos I’ve eaten in Colorado. I’m sure I’ve had other delicious tacos, but these are the ones that immediately come to mind, and whether that makes them the “best” or not, I refuse to be the judge.
Pork Belly Tacos at Manitou Brewing Brewing Co. in Manitou Springs, Colorado
I had these tacos at Manitou Brewing Co. last month and they were the most gourmet tacos I’ve had in Colorado. I’ve had others that seemed just as fancy, but were stuffed with so many ingredients that they fell apart – becoming salads instead of tacos.
These pork belly tacos are made with braised pork belly, bacon jam, pickled red onions and a drizzle of spiced creme fraiche and are served on a soft, white corn tortilla. They were loaded with the perfect amount of fixings so that I could eat them like a proper taco and every bite melted in my mouth.
Fish Tacos at Kip’s Cantina in Pagosa Springs, Colorado
I dream of the fish tacos at Kip’s Cantina and I’m not the only one. I’ve bonded with perfect strangers over our love of Kip’s fish tacos. One time, a Texan in Pagosa told me that he makes the trip just to eat at Kip’s, and I believe him.
Kip’s fish taco isn’t fancy. It’s ono served with a cabbage slaw and salsa, but there’s just something about this taco that’s so damn good. In three trips to Pagosa Springs I’ve eaten Kip’s fish tacos every time. I’m not sure if this is loyalty or just an addiction problem.
Any taco at Matador’s Mexican Grill, Loveland & Fort Collins, Colorado
Paul Michaelson is the owner of Matador’s Mexican Grill and nobody loves tacos as much as this guy.
Everything on Matador’s menu is delicious, but I’m partial to the tacos and the chicken and bacon burrito. For many years my favorite has been the fish tacos with mango habanero sauce. Fantastic homemade sauces are Paul’s specialty and if you like a sauce with a good long burn, he’s got several to choose from.
Also, this place always has $2 craft beers on tap, which may or may not influence my love of Matador’s tacos.
Crispy barbacoa tacos at Taco Cabo, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
I’ve got to mention Taco Cabo because we just ate there and it’s darn good. I’d recommend ordering the $1.50 side of roasted jalapenos. I jammed one inside of my barbacoa taco and it was heavenly. It’s direction across from Storm Peak Brewing Co., so you’ve got no excuse not to go there the next time you’re in Steamboat.
Sometimes the line is out the door, but it’s worth the wait.
So here’s your chance to tell me what’s what when it comes to Colorado tacos. Where’s the best taco you ever ate in Colorado?