From fajitas to tacos, you can tuck into all kinds of tasty Mexican eats at these Leeds restaurants.
Leeds is blessed with a whole array of Mexican eateries – but which should you go to? There are plenty to pick from, whether it’s cool bars with vibrant street food menus or authentic suburban restaurants serving up the best of Mexico. Next time you want a taste of Central America, from fajitas to nachos or enchiladas, you won’t have any trouble finding a delicious Mexican feed.
Neon Cactus has been serving up tasty Mexican food for as long as we care to remember. Their menus, however, are deliciously different. They specialise in creative takes on classic eats – take the Chorizo Hash Burrito, which brings together house-green chorizo, hash, eggs, refried beans and fresh pico de gallo, and the Chippy Tea Taco, a vibrant combo of fish tempura, malt vinegar mayo, tartare salsa and matchstick fries.
Neon Cactus, 35 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
A name you likely know, no matter where you live, Las Iguanas has restaurants all over the UK, including in Leeds. They have a whole section of the menu dedicated to traditional Mexican dishes, as well as a few of their own creations, so alongside the fajitas, burritos and chilli con carne, you’ll find sirloin steaks and even burgers loaded with fresh jalapeños and chimichurri sauce.
Las Iguanas, 3 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD.
Another Mexican restaurant that can be found across the country, Leeds has not one but two Barburritos. It’s fast food with a tasty twist, offering the usual range of burritos, bowls and tacos – just choose your fillings, decide how hot you want your salsa and maybe throw in a portion of nachos, just because you can.
Barburrito, 61 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW & 62 The Headrow, City Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ.
It’s all about the burritos at this Leeds restaurant, which can be found in Trinity Kitchen. You’ll find yourself faced with a plethora of options. First up, are you after a burrito, a naked burrito or tacos? Next it’s the meat, with grilled chicken, steak, pulled pork or marinated beef. Then load it up with veggies, beans, rice and sauce. Top tip – nip in early doors and make the most of their breakfast burrito for a meal that will last you through to lunch.
Tortilla, 401 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.
The Holy Mountain Kitchen
The Holy Mountain Kitchen serves rough and ready street food with a big focus on Mexican. Their creative tacos and comfort eats are best enjoyed at Northern Monk, where they’re paired with quality local craft beer. Chow down on toppings like slow-cooked mushrooms, Baja fish and halloumi with agave and tequila BBQ sauce. If you fancy something different, try their much-loved chicken wings, a stacked juicy burger or their creative take on poutine, a Mexican version of the Canadian classic.
The Holy Mountain Kitchen, Marshalls Mill, The Old Flax Store, Marshall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9YJ.
The menu at Lupe’s Cantina is inspired by Central American cuisine, and trust us when we say, you’re going to want to get your lips around their stunning dishes. Try the likes of Sopes Rancheros (shredded beef in crispy corn boats) or Queso Fundido (melted three-way cheese and chorizo) in a venue that will make you feel like you’re right in Mexico City. They also have a number of Mexican beers from Ocho Reales that you can’t get anywhere else in Leeds.
Lupe’s Cantina, 204 Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LF.
A Chapel Allerton institution that’s well worth venturing off the beaten track for, Pinche Pinche was borne out of one man’s love of Mexican food, after a year of eating the real thing in Mexico City. Now, the Leeds restaurant serves up authentic Mexican fodder, with burritos and enchiladas filled with meat, fish or veggies taking pride of place alongside tapas dishes like Ceviche, Sopes and Tlacoyos.
Pinche Pinche, 116a Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 4NY.
Unlike the other eateries on this list, Dare Cafe are multi-taskers. Their menu combines a whole host of favourites from sandwiches and jacket potatoes to pizza and pasta – but they also have a tasty selection of Mexican food. They serve up nachos, chilli and burritos by day, throwing fajitas, enchiladas, taquitos and cajun chicken into the mix with their evening service.
Dare Cafe, 49 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AB.
If you like your Mexican food fast, head to Taco Bell. The American giant specialises in quick and easy fare to eat on-the-go. Their tacos come slathered in seasoned beef, slow cooked pork or spicy chicken, each of which is topped with Mexican rice, guacamole and pico de gallo. But that’s not all – they have all kinds of burritos too, from the Volcano to the Fajita. Finish the meal with churros dipped in chocolate sauce for a quick and easy Mexican feed.
Taco Bell, St Johns Centre, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8LQ.
The Mexican Pilgrim
Okay, so this one isn’t technically a restaurant, but if you’ve ever stopped to try The Mexican Pilgrim’s wares, you’ll know that they can compete with Leeds’ more permanent residents. Serving up tasty Mexican street food, with a menu that changes every day, you can expect burritos filled with minced top side of beef, chicken breast or veggies loaded with flavour from their secret spice combos. They’re regularly at the corner of East Parade and Infirmary Street, as well as Central Square and Wellington Place.
The Mexican Pilgrim, East Parade Triangle, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS.
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