Still think Oklahoma is all BBQ and baked beans? Guess again! When visiting the state of Oklahoma, you better come hungry.
Oklahoma ranks #25 in the entire country for the most restaurants per capita, but it arguably hosts the most variety out of every state.
With only the Red River separating us from the Mexican cuisine capital of America (Texas), it’s no surprise that refried beans and Mexican rice dominate the Sooner food scene.
Whether you’re seeking out a lively atmosphere or exploring small-town gems, all your Mexican food cravings will be fulfilled here.
Don’t believe me? Take a gander at these top 10 Oklahoma Mexican restaurants and try not to get hungry.
10. Zapata’s Mexican Grill
Staying at a hotel near Will Rodgers Airport? Then you’re only a hop, skip, and a jump away from this fabulous dining experience.
Located on S. Meridian Avenue in Oklahoma City, Zapata’s Mexican Grill offers any array of classic Mexican dishes including enchiladas, flautas, and sizzling fajitas.
For a meal meant for exotic tastes, try their delicious Mango Habanero Brochetas. Savor the flavor of all your favorite meats and veggies with a tropical twist.
9. Big Truck Tacos
This fun Okie favorite is located smack-dab in the middle of Oklahoma City’s historic Uptown district. Big Truck Tacos treats customers to house-made chorizo, fresh veggie toppings, and certain ingredients you won’t find anywhere else.
One of their most popular concoctions includes the Flaming Lips, which features hickory smoked tongue. Vegetarians are also invited to join the party with a Crispy’cado Taco, stuffed with fried avocado, salsa, and more.
8. Los Sabinos
Take a trip out to the small town of Piedmont and discover the hidden gem that is Los Sabinos. It’s only 30 minutes away from Downtown Oklahoma City and well worth the drive.
This restaurant may not look like much, but the food makes up for what it lacks in aesthetics.
Sit down for a hot plate of Piedmont Dinner, consisting of 2 enchiladas, 1 tamale, 1 crispy taco, and all your favorite Mexican sides.
7. San Marcos
With 5 separate locations scattered across the OKC Metro, there’s no reason to not visit San Marcos. Head over to their Meridian location during happy hour to enjoy discount drinks at their Cantina.
Spice things up with their specialty Pizzadilla de Lujo or Fajita Kabobs with your choice of juicy meat. Cool off with a Coronarita, Piña Colada, or an ice cold beer.
6. El Rancho Grande
Known as one of the first Mexican restaurants on historic Route 66, Tulsa’s El Rancho Grande has been serving up house specials and thirst-quenching margaritas since 1953.
The Night Hawk is listed as one of the country’s top 5 greatest Mexican dishes. This famous plate includes two onion and cheese enchiladas and one soft taco, all topped with mouth-watering beef chili and creamy queso.
5. El Rio Verde
When Tulsa natives crave authentic Mexican cuisine, El Rio Verde has just the cure. Its bright interior and festive décor will make you feel as though you’ve been transported south of the border.
Loaded with pulled meat, beans, and pico de gallo, their famous Wet Burrito comes topped with a generous helping of tangy enchilada sauce and queso blanco.
Don’t worry about the mess. It’s perfectly acceptable to lick your fingers clean.
4. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
Bricktown in Oklahoma City features plenty of unique dining opportunities and Fuzzy’s is among the top of the list.
Located across the street from the Bricktown Ballpark, Fuzzy’s serves up the finest fish tacos in town, but that’s not all their known for.
Buzzfeed calls their nachos some of the best in America. Fuzzy’s is also a firm believer in tacos for breakfast and even offers pancake tacos.
3. Ted’s Cafe Escondido
Ted’s has grown to incorporate many locations across Oklahoma including Edmond, Lawton, and the Outlet Shoppes in Oklahoma City.
According to ratings and online reviews, It is arguably the best Tex-Mex you can get in the Sooner state.
Pictured here is the popular Mexican Fag Enchilada Sampler, showing Mexican pride in the tastiest way possible.
2. Café Garcia
Located up north in Enid, OK, Café Garcia believes you should surround yourself with tacos, not negativity.
Here you can treat your taste buds and your ears! Café Garcia hosts a plethora of event nights filled with live music and other festivities.
In the mood for succulent shrimp with a bang? Order a plate of Camarones Mexicano Diablas, and be sure to make reservations if you plan on bringing a large party.
1. Tarahumara’s Mexican Café
Norman is known for college football, but when OU fans get hungry you’ll be sure to find them here.
Featuring authentic recipes from Chihuahua, Mexico, Tarahumara’s uses the freshest ingredients including imported chili peppers.
They whip up the best green salsa you’ve ever tasted and you can add it to just about every item on the menu. Take advantage of their full bar and flat screen TV’s playing all your favorite games.
Now that we have your attention, head on over to Oklahoma and experience these delicious dishes and more firsthand. Don’t ignore that growling stomach of yours.