15 Mind-Blowingly Good Taquerias in Goshen

Published June 2016. Updated April 2024.

15 Mind-Blowingly Good Taquerias • The Good of Goshen

Our beloved Maple City is home to people from nearly every continent, and nearly one-third of Goshen’s population has roots in Latin America.

With a population of this size, it’s no wonder Goshen is a proud home to such a wide variety of authentic and amazing restaurants and taquerias.

Here’s our list of 15 delicious local taquerias, each with its own personality (and occasional secret menu item!), to help you plan your very own taco tour of Goshen!

El Zocalo

1100 N. Chicago Ave.

El Zocalo serves its specialties in a warm, sit-down space that offers colorful ambiance, music, and a luchador mask under glass next to the register.

What’s not to love?

Located in Goshen’s Old Bag Factory, El Zocalo is a hidden gem with a menu offering their signature take on classic standards. The restaurant crafts dishes to appeal to the unique taste profile of the community it loves to serve, with favorites like the Burrito El Zocalo (rice, beans, mozzarella cheese, with your choice of meat); the Gringa (a tortilla with flavored pork and melted cheese on a tortilla), and the ‘Hamburguesa’ (no introduction needed).

During warm weather, enjoy a meal on their patio, and don’t miss their delicious breakfast menu items on the weekends!

El Zocalo is open Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays from 12:30-6 p.m.; Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays  from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Photo by Wendy Wilson

Los Primos

 124 W. Jefferson St.

With its bustling downtown location and catering business, Los Primos is one of Goshen’s most expansive and authentic restaurants. This family-owned business specializes in a wide variety of dishes—everything from Mexican-style soup and sandwiches to gigantic burritos and spicy, piping-hot fajitas—but they may be most famous for their fried plantains and fish tacos.

Chef Martin Lopez and his delicious recipes keep this popular Goshen taqueria crowded around the clock. Stop in for lunch or dinner any day of the week—except Sundays—for some fantastic food!

Los Primos is open Monday-Thursday, as well as Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Los Primos is closed on Sunday.

 

Los Primos
Photo by Lynne Zehr

Si Señor

122 E. Clinton St.

Tucked into the northeast corner of downtown, Si Señor is a small restaurant serving up big flavors. With traditional dishes like menudo (soup) and birria—as well as classic dishes like tacos, burritos, and quesadillas—everyone in your party is bound to find something delicious to eat at this family-owned taco joint. Did we mention that they do breakfast? Chilaquiles on Fridays? Yes, please!

If you’re looking to try the birria but aren’t quite ready to leap into a whole bowl on your first visit, try their quesabirria! This secret menu item incorporates the incredible flavor of the marinated beef birria with melty cheese in a small, taco-sized toasted tortilla. Utterly mouth-watering!

Si Señor is open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Photo by Emma Koop Liechty

The Wholesome Tortilla

121 E. Lincoln Ave.

Since opening in April 2023, The Wholesome Tortilla—owned by Rafael Chavez and Magali Vergara—has quickly built a reputation in Goshen for its quality ingredients, delicious homemade tortillas, and its unique and diverse menu offerings. Among fan favorites are the potato and chorizo tacos, the Sopa Azteca, the Flan Napolitano, their abundant chips with fresh guacamole, and the hot cinnamon tea.

The Wholesome Tortilla also features bowls, tostadas, and enmoladas, and offers gluten-free options, craft beers, and desserts. And, oh, those fresh, homemade tortillas—do yourself a solid and check out The Wholesome Tortilla!

The Wholesome Tortilla is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Wholesome Tortilla

Photo courtesy of The Wholesome Tortilla

San Marcos was a brick and mortar spot in downtown Goshen but transitioned into serving their uniquely delicious tacos out of a festive (and always busy!) food truck. Their tacos are made with fresh cilantro and onion, flavorful meat or beans, with a few limes on the side for extra zest.

The truth is, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, especially when you smother it with a healthy dose of their housemade salsa and guacamole.

Check the San Marcos Food Truck Facebook page for days and times.

San Marcos Food Truck

Photo courtesy San Marcos Food Truck

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San Jose Supermarket

214 N. Main St.

Unsuspecting passersby might never suspect it, but some of the city’s best tacos are hanging out in the back of this neighborhood grocery. 

Tucked away in the back of downtown’s San Jose Supermarket, this restaurant’s kitchen is adjacent to its deli and prepares super-fresh tacos—and an assortment of delights—made to order. Dine in with friends, grab the food to go, make it a favorite lunch spot—find a way there because, any way you slice it, the San Jose Supermarket delivers some of the freshest and most delicious tacos in Goshen.

San Jose Supermarket is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Photo by Emma Koop Liechty

Universal Tamal

225 S. Main St.

Universal Tamal in the heart of downtown Goshen is best known for—you guessed it—tamales. If you have yet to try this Meso-American comfort food, you’re missing out. Tamales are a traditional Mexican dish made with masa, meat, spices, and vegetables steamed in a corn husk. When you unwrap the husk, you’re in for a fabulously flavorful (and filling) delight. Try the sweet tamales on your next visit, too, with a flavor reminiscent of the vanilla-infused horchata.

Don’t be fooled by the name of this restaurant, though: tamales aren’t all that’s on the menu. Try the huevos rancheros or the chilaquiles with your choice of red or green chile sauce!

Universal Tamal is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday.

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Photo courtesy Universal Tamal 

El Camino Real #4

427 W. Pike St.

With its spacious interior, El Camino Real #4 is a great place to sit down with a large group of friends and family. You’re sure to find your favorite dish on its expansive menu, but we recommend trying the burrito, which is full of rice, beans, vegetables, and meat of your choice.

Put an extra kick in your dinner with one of their famous margaritas or daiquiris!

El Camino Real #4 is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

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Photo from Yelp
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Tacos 9 Juan Juan Food Truck

2015 Lincolnway East

When you happen to see the Tacos 9 Juan Juan food truck parked in the lot in front of the Maple City Chapel—with their colorful array of available Jarritos flavors posted on the passenger window—here’s a friendly tip: slow down (use your turn signal!) and park yourself for the chance to sample some of Goshen’s favorite tacos.

The simplicity of its menu is deceiving; meat choices are listed first on the board and can be included in the taco or burrito of your choice, and the great Mexican “sandwich,” the torta, makes a (very delicious) appearance. The asada fries, a Mexican-American mash-up, are too tasty to skip—and too abundant for one, so you’ll need to bring some friends! 

Check the Tacos 9 Juan Juan Facebook page for days and times.

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Photo by Emma Koop Liechty

Saca Los Tacos Food Truck

2506 Elkhart Road

When Saca Los Tacos posts days and hours for its truck online, the information always comes with a caveat: closing times are subject to change if they sell out first. Oftentimes, it’s because they do just that.

Saca Los Tacos uses its signature birria—a meat-based stew with spices—in almost every menu item they offer; in tacos, burritos, on fries and nachos, and in the fan favorite, the Mega Quesabirria.

A subsection of these offerings goes onto the grill before going onto your plate, melting the cheese and creating the kind of legendary, crispy taco goodness that warms the heart!

Check out the Saca Los Tacos Facebook page for days and times.

Saca Los Tacos

Photo by Saca Los Tacos

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Takeria el Maza

214 Johnson Street

Located in North Goshen and operating since 2012, Takeria el Maza has become a destination for locals who know their tacos.

The menu includes Mexican staples like fajitas, burritos, and chimichangas but also offers many unique items such as a Mexican shrimp cocktail, ceviche, and shrimp in tomato sauce topped with avocados. Sit down and enjoy a meal at their physical location, or find them around town catering area events.

Takeria el Maza is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed on Mondays.

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Photo courtesy Takeria El Maza

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Tacos El Portal Food Truck

428 W. Pike St.

One of Goshen’s first food trucks, Tacos El Portal is an institution unto itself. Find the truck parked along Pike Street in Goshen, just north of downtown. They’re well known for their steak tacos, but we mean it when we say that there is no second-best on this menu—helpfully posted on the side of the truck. Try it all, then try it all again!

Whether you stop by over your lunch break or for a late-night snack, Tacos El Portal delivers some of the best and most authentic food you’ll ever taste.

Check the Tacos El Portal facebook page for days and times.

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Photo courtesy Tacos El Portal

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El Nopal

1305 Lincolnway East

El Nopal may be one of Goshen’s only spots offering the breakfast specialty chilaquiles and eggs all day long. And while this should be incentive enough to stop for a bite at their comfortable space, it’s certainly not the only one.

The restaurant also gives customers a Mexican-flavored take on the ‘meat and three’ combination at an affordable price, and chasca is on the menu at El Nopal—if you have yet to try this cup of corn and mayonnaise topped with chili powder, you’re in for a marvelous treat!

You can celebrate your special occasions at El Nopal, too! Contact the restaurant for details about their party packages.

El Nopal is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. El Nopal is closed on Sunday.

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Photo by Wendy Wilson

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Menudos La China

100 N. Eighth St.

Located in the North Goshen neighborhood, Menudos La China is has become well known for their delicious take on the traditional Mexican soup, menudo. In addition to the menudo, you can find some great unique offerings at this taco joint, like their birria, and savory tortas and quesadillas.

Stop by for some authentic Mexican flavors!

Menudos La China is open Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

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Photo from Yelp
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El Rancho Viejo

1919 Lincolnway East

El Rancho Viejo is spacious and delivers fast and friendly service. This is the perfect place to take the whole family with a wide selection of traditional dishes. A lunch menu is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., but you can scroll through everything their kitchen has to offer on your phone using the QR code El Rancho Viejo provides.

With extensive tequila offerings and a range of meat and seafood specialties, this restaurant is an excellent option if you’re looking for a more upscale, sit-down dining experience. Make sure to try their fajitas, a customer favorite!

El Rancho Viejo is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and every other day of the week from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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Photo courtesy of El Rancho Viejo

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Food Lovers, remember that this list covers only a small selection of the restaurants in Goshen. To learn more, visit our Goshen Restaurant Guide!

Good of Goshen Editors • Liz Core, Emma Koop Liechty, Wendy Wilson