From fajitas to tacos, there are plenty of Mexican restaurants in Leeds to sate your hunger.
Leeds is blessed with a whole array of Mexican restaurants – but which should you go to? There are plenty to pick from, whether it’s cool city centre bars with vibrant street food menus to authentic suburban restaurants serving up the best of Mexico. Next time you want a taste of Central America, whether it’s fajitas, nachos or enchiladas, you won’t have any trouble making up your mind.
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 transport you right to Mexico City. They also have a number of Mexican beers from Ocho Reales that you can’t get anywhere else.
Lupe’s Cantina, 204 Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LF.
Taking top spot in Trinity, Cielo Blanco is undoubtedly one of the best Mexican restaurants around. Their menu is absolutely loaded with tasty street food treats, ticking off all the right boxes with tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, flautas and burritos – but it’s the sharing boards that get us really excited. Try the belly pork with cumin crackling, it comes with sweet potato and epazote, as well as marinated baby back ribs, smoky chorizo meatballs, guacamole, salsa and sour cream – delish.
Cielo Blanco, 415 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.
Cielo Blanco’s tequila-loving sibling, Neon Cactus has been serving up Mexican food for as long as we care to remember. Their menus, however, are deliciously different. While they too offer everything from burritos to enchiladas, they add their own unique twist. Their Al Pastor Pork is just as tempting as Cielo’s offering, and they have the added benefit of being perfectly placed to start your night on the town.
Neon Cactus, 35 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
From the ashes of Sandinista comes Chida Cantina, a vibrant new bar that serves up a mix of tacos and margaritas. It’s a cocktail bar by definition, but the menu of authentic Mexican eats is worth going for in its own right. The tacos come with a host of creative toppings, including ancho beef cheek, Yucatan chicken and Baja fish. But that’s not all, they also have traditional Mexican favourites like pozole (pork belly and hominy corn stew) and nachos. Wash that down with their amazing cocktails, draught beers or local ales, and you’re away.
Chida Cantina, 5 Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
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’s sure to last you through to lunch.
Tortilla, 401 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.
The Pit now has a menu of Tex-Mex delights – and it’s the way to indulge your Mexican cravings. They do fajitas, burritos and enchiladas, as well as a Mexican tapas menu with the likes of Mexican quinoa street food salads, sweet pastas bravas and tacos. Alternatively, try out the Mexican bean burger or the Mexican 1/2 chicken. There’s plenty of choice, and whatever you pick, it’s sure to go down a dream.
The Pit, 9 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
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 chilaquiles, 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.
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, or you can find them at Wellington Place on the first Tuesday every month.
The Mexican Pilgrim, East Parade Triangle, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS.Feature image copyright Elouisa Georgiou.