Bonkers for burritos? Crackers for quesadillas? Head to the best Mexican spots in Leeds.
If you’re planning on going Mexican for your next meal in Leeds, look no further. From flavour-packed fajitas to loaded plates of nachos, from street food joints to rustic restaurants, there’s something and somewhere for everyone. The big decision will be choosing where to go, so where should it be? We’ve rounded up the best Mexican restaurants in Leeds to help your plan your next meal.
A visit to Lupe’s Cantina is like being transported to Mexico City. The colourful walls, traditional tiles and Latin tunes are a feast for the senses. Authenticity is at the heart of everything – the menu is made up of classic small plates, from recipes handed down by chef and owner Rudy Garcia’s mum, Lupe. The tacos are divine, the quesadillas are a must-try and cactus salad is a tasty surprise. But the star of the show is the Queso Fundido, a bowl of oozy melted cheese perfect for dunking – pair yours with Mexican beers or margaritas.
Lupe’s Cantina, 204 Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LF.
Pinche Pinche is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Leeds. Bright golden walls are covered in a medley of Mexican-themed artworks above cushion-strewn benches and tables. Take a pew and pour over a menu made for sharing. From al pastor pork tacos to seabass ceviche, hibiscus flower quesadillas and cactus tlacoyo, they’ll whip you up an eclectic feast that’s packed with authentic Latin American flavours. Just leave room for dessert – their Kinder Bueno tres leches cake is the stuff sweet dreams are made of.
Pinche Pinche, 116a Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NY.
One of the best known restaurants in the UK, Las Iguanas brings together Mexican favourites and Latin American classics. Start off with small plates like chipotle beef nachos, mushroom quesadillas and brie and mango empanadas. For your mains, enchiladas, burritos and chilli are all tempting plates, but if there’s one thing to try, it’s the fajita stacks – a hot plate of chicken or mushroom fillings is served atop colourful bowls of wraps and toppings. And you can enjoy it all with 2-4-1 cocktails, all day every day, in this ever-lively restaurant.
Las Iguanas, 3 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD.
You can discover the wonders of Tex-Mex cuisine at El Gringos in Yeadon. It brings together the best in Southern American and Mexican food in a rustic restaurant covered in painted-wood panelling, twinkling lights and the flags of both countries. There are nachos and wings to start, but before you consider the classic steaks and burgers take a look at their Mexican classics – burritos and fajitas sit alongside chimichangas, chilli con carne and quesadillas. Washed down with Mexican beer and cocktails, you’ve got the full El Gringos experience.
El Gringos, 3-5 High Street, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7SP.
Neon Cactus is a lively bar that also serves up delicious Mexican food in Leeds. Take a seat in a dining room of contrasts – the rustic furniture sits against a backdrop of Day of the Dead graffiti walls and neon signs. Kick things off with nachos to share, before you move onto mains – the heaving burritos are stuffed with beef, chicken or cauliflower and the same goes for their crunchy tacos. Try the smoked coley version for an unusual twist. Whack a plate of wings and refried beans on the side, order up some margaritas and you’re all set.
Neon Cactus, 35 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.
Husband and wife David and Annika Richardson fell in love with Mexican street food on their honeymoon and started Sabroso Street on their return. Their laid-back dining room is all clean lines and wooden furniture, with dashes of colour from the cushions and artwork. The menu offers plenty for sharing, from the pork-topped nachos to the fajita platters, or you can try their burritos for one. With churros for dessert, El Calavera beer on tap and margaritas to boot, Sabroso has everything you need for a proper Mexican banquet.
Sabroso Street, 10 Town Street, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LD.
The Mexican Pilgrim
Okay, so The Mexican Pilgrim isn’t technically a restaurant, but if you’ve ever stopped to try their street food wares, you’ll know they’re well worth seeking out across Leeds at one of their pop-up spots. They serve an ever-changing menu of well-stuffed burritos to grab and go – one day, you can get yours with minced top side of beef, the next shredded pork shoulder and the third (let’s face it, there should be a third) with lime-covered avocado. Still got room? Their tortilla chips come loaded with Mexican chicken or spicy veggies.
The Mexican Pilgrim can be found at Central Square on Mondays and Wednesdays, Leeds Dock on Tuesdays and Wellington Place every third Thursday.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2021 by Corvin Pamp.