The Texas Tasty – The Best Tex Mex in DFW

Joe T. Garcia’s

When it comes to Tex Mex, Joe T. Garcia’s has been a Fort Worth staple since 1935. This family-style restaurant has no menu. Instead, Joe T’s offers a choice between a fajita or enchilada meal. The appetizers, sides, and margaritas complete each plate. As one of the biggest Tex Mex restaurants there is, and with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, Joe T’s is the perfect place to go with a large group. If you’re ever in the historic stockyards and craving authentic Tex Mex, Joe T. Gracia’s is the place for you!


With six locations throughout the DFW area and after being voted Best Tex Mex Location by USA Today, Mesero is another great sitdown option. Mesero’s focus on Mexican spirit and American Life certainly makes for the best Tex Mex experience! Offering a wide variety of entrees and sides, drinks, and even brunch, Mesero can fulfill your Tex Mex cravings in many ways and at any time of the day. Want Mesero brought to you? Be sure to check out their delivery and take away menu!


It’s safe to say that Chuy’s has become one of the most famous Tex Mex restaurants even outside of the state of Texas. Originally established in Austin, Chuy’s has expanded and taken over the Tex Mex world by a storm. Chuy’s boasts ten locations in DFW alone and additional locations throughout more than 15 states. A dining experience at Chuy’s isn’t complete without the fun environment, Elvis influence, and a swirled frozen margarita!

Blue Goose Cantina

With a new location recently opening in the TCU area, Blue Goose Cantina has become all the rage throughout DFW! This Tex Mex spot has seven locations throughout the Metroplex. Blue Goose prides themselves on fresh ingredients, high grade meat, and handcrafted food. The use of mesquite wood grills at Blue Goose gives this Tex Mex food a unique flavor you can’t find anywhere else. In 2019, Blue Goose was voted Best Tex Mex in DFW, so this is some food you won’t want to miss!


After being voted the best regional Mexican cuisine for many years by D Magazine, it’s safe to say that MesoMaya has earned its spot on this list! Executive Chef, Nico Sanchez, moved from Mexico to Texas with a goal to serve the authentic flavors of Tex Mex cuisine to his customers. The focus on fresh food and over-the-top presentation makes a dining experience at MesoMaya one-of-a-kind! We recommend trying their signature plates and drinks, such as fresh enchiladas, Budin Azteca, or any of the uniquely flavored margaritas!

Pappasito’s Cantina

If you’ve ever driven through Texas and seen a restaurant with bright, colorful lights, it was probably Pappasito’s Cantina! Pappasito’s is a signature Texan spot for authentic Tex Mex. With multiple locations throughout the Metroplex, including in the DFW airport, and 80 locations throughout the U.S., it’s safe to say that Pappsito’s has become a Tex Mex giant. The family-owned focus at Pappasito’s makes for a warm and welcoming environment. On top of their food, they pride themselves on their infamous, homemade margaritas.

Torchy’s Tacos

In the need for some Tex Mex while on the run? Torchy’s Tacos is the answer for you! When it comes to Tex Mex food staples, tacos and queso are two things that instantly come to mind. At Torchy’s, both are bound to impress. With nearly a dozen signature tacos and equally delicious breakfast taco options, we recommend getting it trashy! This, of course, means adding queso to your taco in place of lettuce.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Something even better than your average Tex Mex is affordable Tex Mex! Another great option for when you’re on the go, the Mexican and “Baja chill” vibes at Fuzzy’s are the perfect spot to enjoy food and drinks while watching the big game, catching up with friends, or to grab-and-go. From tacos and burritos to salads and quesadillas, there is truly something for everyone. If you order chips and queso, be sure to ask for Fuzzy dust on your chips!

Austin City Taco

Austin City Taco is a newer Tex Mex restaurant in Fort Worth, off of West 7th and near the TCU campus. The Austin City Taco experience is supposed to give you the feeling of a weekend road trip to Austin. With this in mind, dining at Austin City Taco is not only about the food, but how you feel at the restaurant. In terms of food, the main goal at Austin City Taco is to serve authentic flavors as opposed to following any Tex Mex trends. So next time you’re craving some traditional Tex Mex, take a sweet escape to Austin City Taco! 

Taco Heads

Who says taco Tuesday can’t be celebrated a little early? At Taco Heads, $5 Margarita Mondays are where it’s at! Originally founded as a taco truck in Fort Worth, Taco Heads has grown to establish multiple storefronts throughout the Metroplex. Currently, Taco Heads has two restaurant locations and sells their signature breakfast tacos at 15 different DFW coffee shops. Through their classic Tex Mex plates with a twist, Taco Heads is working to change the food culture of DFW. Enjoying elotes, fresh fish tacos, or some Mexican hot chocolate cookies can be done while supporting local!   

Chris Kim

A passionate Texan with a flair for capturing the essence of the Lone Star State through his words. Born and raised in the heart of Texas, Chris brings a unique perspective. With a background in journalism and a love for storytelling, he weaves together narratives that transport readers to the vibrant landscapes and rich culture of Texas. Whether he's exploring hidden gems in local communities or savoring the diverse flavors of Texan cuisine, Chris invites you on a journey to discover the untold stories that make Texas so tantalizing.