Who doesn’t love tacos?! No one, that’s who! Okay, well maybe there are some people, but probably not you considering you just clicked on an article about the best healthy-ish tacos in the Twin Cities. Using that reasoning, it’s probably also safe to assume that you are a health-minded individual who wants the whole enchilada: to have your healthy-ish taco and eat it too. You’ve come to the right place. Read on for the healthy tacos that are the talk of the town.
Rusty’s tagline is “tacos are the most important meal of the day” and once you’ve had one, it’s hard to disagree. With five metro locations, chances are good that you aren’t too far from an order of the shop’s signature street tacos which come in combinations that work with every diet. Looking for flavor? Order the namesake Rusty, made with pineapple and pork, or spring for the drool-worthy Brisket Taco. Prefer plant-based? The menu’s two vegetarian tacos—one with chipotle black beans and another with poblanos and mushroom—can easily be made vegan by asking to hold the cheese. Going G-free? Swap your flour tortilla for corn. No matter what you choose, the tacos here are as fresh as they are filling.
Beloved plant-based eatery turned new Twin Cities food truck, Reverie can basically do no wrong when it comes to churning out unique twists on classic comfort foods. So, it should come as no surprise that the pulled jackfruit carnitas tacos here have earned a spot on our list (and in the hearts of basically everyone who tries them). Served with lemongrass sour cream, pickled onions, and cilantro and accompanied by a side of chips and salsa, this meatless take on the taco is so good it totally justifies bookmarking Reverie’s Where’s the Truck? page for whenever you get hungry next.
El Taco Riendo
When you’re in the mood for authentic Mexican eats, nothing beats Northeast’s El Taco Riendo. The menu here is filled with so many options from tacos to fajitas to tostadas, all of which can be customized to match your dietary preferences thanks to the cafeteria-style ordering. Eating at El Taco Riendo is kind of a ‘choose your own adventure’ experience, so whether you’re in the mood for a burrito the size of your forearm or a decidedly lighter meal, you will be able to get it here. Oh, and top it with extra guac.
Bar Luchador serves up freshly-made tacos, has happy hour deals, and is conveniently located along the light rail in Stadium Village. What more could you ask for? Stop by after classes or before the big game for an order of tacos in flavors like buffalo shrimp, roasted cauliflower, and crumbled chorizo served on your choice of corn or flour tortilla (the majority on the menu are gluten-free with the corn tortilla). Make it a full meal with a side of rice and beans. Oh, and don’t miss your chance to try the winner of the 2017 City Page’s Best Margarita in Minneapolis award. Cheers!
This one-time Midtown Global Market favorite is now a Longfellow-based go-to for tacos and other Latin American and Spanish-inspired fare. The tacos are made from scratch and come served on corn tortillas and loaded with flavorful fillings. Looking for a vegetarian option? Try the Roasted Mushrooms with avocado mousse or the Jackfruit with tortilla salsa and avocado. Like to keep it classic? Go for the Chicken Al Pastor with pineapple salsa or the Pork Guajillo. More of an adventurous eater? There’s even a tongue taco! Whatever you decide, make sure to save some room for the elote (that’s street corn) — and a side of eggplant fries!
Salsa a la Salsa
Salsa a la Salsa is the first of two spots on our list that serve the Midtown Global Market. In other words, if you’re looking to go on a mini Twin Cities Taco Tour without battling the elements or really having to move at all (hey, no judgement!), you’ve found your destination. The menu here is extensive and offers something for every palate, with eight filling protein options including a soy chorizo. There is also a separate vegetarian menu with burritos, tacos, flautas de papa, and tacos. Fitt Tip: adding a side order of the grilled vegetables is officially the most pleasant way we know to get in an extra serving—or two—of greens.
Sea Salt Eatery
After a day of hiking and experiencing the grandeur that is Minnehaha Falls, cap your adventure off with tacos at Minnehaha Creek Park’s own Sea Salt Eatery. Most of the tacos here are seafood-based with filling that includes fried fish, calamari, grilled mahi mahi, steamed shrimp, and fried bay scallops, but Sea Salt also does a mean grilled veggie taco topped with corn salsa. The only downside? Sea Salt is only open from April until October, so make sure to plan your visit during the warmer months.
Not that there was tons of competition, but Taco Cat is easily the best palindromic (spells the same backward/forward) taco joint in the Twin Cities. Everything here is a pretty solid bet, though those with dietary concerns will appreciate that the majority of the street-style tacos here are gluten-free and can be made vegetarian. In addition to having a stall at Midtown Global Market, you can also get Taco Cat fare delivered by bike. This means that even if you order the most unhealthy thing on the menu, the bike delivery person is still getting a workout which, in our opinion, firmly plants it in the ‘healthy-ish’ category.
No list of top tacos would be complete without mentioning Maya Cuisine! Whether you get a red tray-full of tacos at Maya in Northeast Minneapolis, opt for a more formal sit-down visit at Rosedale Center, or visit the food court version of Maya in the Maplewood Mall, you’re getting some of the Twin Cities most highly-regarded tacos. All of the ingredients here are homemade, from the tamales and tortillas to salsa, and fillings and taste just as good as they look — which is very. One of the best parts? You can deck out your order—and customize your heat levels—when you load up on toppings at the salsa bar.
When it comes to tacos, accessibility is almost as important as taste. Los Ocampo delivers on both, churning out fresh flavors at four spots across the Twin Cities. In addition to being served with onions, radishes, and cilantro, tacos here come with your choice of OVER 20 FILLING OPTIONS. That means everything from the usual suspects, like ground beef and chicken, to a plethora of plant-based options, like mushrooms and corn, beans, and even pumpkin flower. Basically, it’s what taco dreams are made of. Fitt Tip: visit on Tuesdays for $1.99 tacos!
Don’t let the name fool you! Sprout Salad does tacos just as well as they do salads — in fact, they even have an entire menu section dedicated to them at their WaHu location! The tacos come in orders of three, as well as three flavors: chile verde, pork belly kimchi, or chicken adobo. Our recommendation? Try all of them at once by ordering the flight. If you are in the mood for salad and aren’t near the U, stop by one of Sprout’s skyway locations to try the taco-inspired vegetarian Ensalada Mexicana, which is so delicious you won’t even notice it’s missing a tortilla. (Also, the crispy jalapeños are to die for, even if your spice tolerance is Minnesotan Mild at best!)