10 Mexican Restaurants In El Paso, Texas

mexican restaurants in el paso

Situated in the western corner of the U.S. state of Texas, the city of El Paso is geographically located on the Rio Grande across Mexico–United States border from Ciudad Juárez, the most populous city in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. As such, the city’s culture is heavily influenced by American and Mexican cultures and its large Hispanic population. The annual musical, Viva El Paso, is performed every summer in the NcKelligon Canyon Amphitheater and celebrates the city’s multinational culture. If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food in the city, you will definitely be spoilt for choice. Be it burritos, quesadillas, tacos or enchiladas, you will enjoy tasting some of the best Mexican food without even stepping into Mexico! Here are 10 recommended Mexican restaurants in El Paso to visit.

1. Kiki's Restaurant & Bar

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It would be a ‘crime’ to visit El Paso and not stop by Kiki’s Restaurant and Bar. According to locals, you can expect generous portions of delicious Mexican food delivered by unrivaled customer service. Do not leave the place without trying Kiki’s famous Beef Machaca (marinated shredded beef). If you’re game for more food, try also the chicken enchiladas and tacos and salsa.

Kiki's Restaurant & Bar

Address: 2719 N. Piedras El Paso, TX 79930

Website: Kiki’s Restaurant & Bar

Opening hours: Sundays - Thursdays: 10.30 am - 9.00 pm | Fridays: 10.30 am - 10.00 pm

Average price for two people: 11 - 30 USD

2. Leo's Mexican Food Restaurant

Founded in 1946, this family-run restaurant continues to serve great Mexican food to the El Paso community. Its famed breakfast buffet, which runs until 3.00 pm in the afternoon, is a great way to introduce yourself to Mexican food if you’re not familiar with it. If you’re unsure of what to order, just stop any of the friendly service crew for clarification and they will be most willing to help!

Lastly, they also serve very large margaritas at the bar that goes great with your food!

Leo's Mexican Food Restaurant

Address: 7520 Remcon Circle - El Paso, TX 79912

Website: Leo’s Mexican Food Restaurant

Opening hours: Mondays - Thursdays: 11.00 am - 8.30 pm | Fridays: 11.00 am - 9.00 pm | Saturdays: 9.00 am - 9.00 pm | Sundays: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm

Average price for two people: 11 - 30 USD

3. Julio's Mexican Food

The first Julio’s restaurant was originally from the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez and it was not until 1981 that Julio’s Mexican Food stepped foot into El Paso. Since then, the business has thrived and has opened three branches across the city. It’s hard not to see why as the food and customer service are often praised by their customers. Try their Cochonita pobil (traditional slow-roasted pork from the Yucatan Peninsula) and Steak Tampiquena. Remember to leave some room for dessert; the flan is an absolute must-try.

Julio's Mexican Food

Address: 8050 Gateway Boulevard East, El Paso, TX. 79907

Website: Julio’s Mexican Food

Opening hours: Mondays - Thursdays: 11.00 am - 9.00 pm | Fridays: 11.00 am - 10.00 pm | Saturdays: 8.00 am - 10.00 pm | Sundays: 8.00 am - 8.00 pm

Average price for two people: 11 - 30 USD

4. Los Bandidos De Carlos & Mickey's

With over 70 dishes to choose from at Los Bandidos De Carlos & Mickey’s, you won’t be leaving the place feeling hungry. For appetizers, try the Shrimp Jalisco ala Carta (jumbo shrimp stuffed with cheese, green chiles and wrapped in marinated bacon) and then move on to must-try main courses such as the Beef Fajitas. If you want a bit of everything, don’t hesitate to order the Revolution combination food platter.

Los Bandidos De Carlos & Mickey's

Address: 1310 Magruder, El Paso, TX 79925

Website: Los Bandidos De Carlos & Mickey’s

Opening hours: 11.00 am - 10.00 pm

Average price for two people: 11 - 30 USD

5. L&J Cafe

Originally known as “Tony’s Place”, this family-run restaurant opened on the outskirts of El Paso in 1927. It was later renamed to “L&J Cafe” and continues to flourish today in the Mexican food scene in El Paso. Be sure to consider the different types of enchiladas, as the restaurant is best known for them. Try also the Chicken Tortilla soup and definitely save some stomach space for their legendary Tres Leches Cake for dessert!

L&J Cafe

Address: 3622 E. Missouri Ave, El Paso, TX 79903

Website: L&J Cafe

Opening hours: Mondays - Wednesdays: 9.00 am - 9.00 pm | Thursdays - Fridays: 9.00 am - 10.00 pm | Saturdays: 8.00 am - 10.00 pm | Sundays: 8.00 am - 9.00 pm

Average price for two people: 11 - 30 USD

6. Andale

Andale’s philosophy of treating customers like house guests can clearly be seen by their lively and family-friendly environment. The attentive and friendly service crew will definitely make you feel right at home. A lively mariachi band entertains the crowd with music every other night. Try the steak fajitas and pork carnitas (slow-cooked pulled pork).


Address: 9201 Gateway Blvd W, El Paso, TX 79925

Website: Andale

Opening hours: Mondays: 8.00 am - 2.00 am | Tuesdays: 8.00 am - 1.00 am | Wednesdays - Sundays: 8.00 am - 2.00 am

Average price for two people: 11 - 30 USD

7. Lucy's Restaurant

If you’re an early riser and in need of some Mexican breakfast, head over to Lucy’s Restaurant. Their USD 5.00 breakfast special allows you to order any traditional Mexican breakfast (terms and conditions apply) from the menu. If you’re working in the military, present your military ID to get ‘buy one get one free’ breakfast burrito. Be sure to order their famous Manchaca plate for a hearty meal, it comes with shredded beef or chicken, vegetables and egg smothered in a generous amount of Chili Con Queso (melted cheese).

Lucy's Restaurant

Address: 4119 N Mesa St, El Paso, TX 79902

Website: Lucy’s Restaurant

Opening hours: 7.00 am - 11.00 pm

Average price for two people: 11 - 30 USD

8. Maribu's Mexican Restaurant

Need to get your Huevos Rancheros (Mexican style eggs) cravings fixed? Head on down to Maribu’s Mexican restaurant to get them. The dish comes with a generous serving of hash browns, ranchero sauce, beans and your choice of breakfast meat. Do also give the beef flautas a try! The lunch crowd is usually packed with nearby office workers so be sure to get in early to get a seat.

Maribu's Mexican Restaurant

Address: 12379 Edgemere Blvd suite 104, 79938 El Paso, Texas

Website: Maribu’s Mexican Restaurant

Opening hours: Mondays - Fridays: 9.00 am - 8.30 pm | Saturdays: 8.00 am - 7.00 pm | Sundays: 8.00 am - 2.00 pm

Average price for two people: Under 10 USD

9. Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant & Bar

The ambiance at Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant & Bar may be modern and sleek, but you’ll still be able to enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere. Try the brisket tacos, tortilla soups, and steak tampiquena if you choose this place for a meal. The restaurant also has daily specials for both lunch and dinner every week.

Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant & Bar

Address: 1605 George Dieter, Suite 201-03, El Paso, Texas 79936

Website: Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant & Bar

Opening hours: Mondays - Thursdays: 11.00 am - 9.00 pm | Fridays: 9.00 am - 9.00 pm | Saturdays: 7.30 am - 9.00 pm | Sundays: 7.30 am - 8.00 pm

Average price for two people: 11 - 30 USD

10. Casita Linda

If you’re in the Northeast area of El Paso, be sure to give this old but quaint restaurant a try. Try their beef ribs, flautas (rolled up tortilla that contains filling) and green chicken enchiladas as they are firm favorites among customers. There is also a huge fish tank in the lobby to gaze at while you wait patiently for your food. If you are traveling with young babies, there is a nice diaper changing station at the side for you to use.

Casita Linda

Address: 5315 Hondo Pass Dr, 79924 El Paso, Texas

Website: Casita Linda

Opening hours: Mondays - Thursdays: 11.00 am - 2.15 pm and 4.30 pm - 8.30 pm | Fridays: 11.00 am - 2.45 pm and 4.30 pm - 8.30 pm | Saturdays - Sundays: 11.00 am - 8.00 pm

Average price for two people: Under 10 USD

Enjoy authentic Mexican food in a family setting

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El Paso has literally tons of great Mexican family-run restaurants that offer excellent authentic Mexican food. But no matter which restaurant you choose to go to, you’ll almost be guaranteed warm Mexican hospitality. Provecho!

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