Searching for Authentic Tacos in Spartanburg

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Are you looking for a great authentic taco in Spartanburg? Kidding Around Contributor Melanie Coblentz is right there with you. She’s a taco fan and has tried several restaurants in Spartanburg searching for that perfect taco. Here’s her list of authentic taco qualifications and restaurants where you can find them!

I recently saw where a national poll declared a fast food chain as having the best tacos in the country. After some reflection, I realized that this poll result was (most likely) because of the fact that it’s a national chain with a location in every town.

That’s one of the reasons I decided to seek out the best authentic taco in Spartanburg. My search was also a quest to relive the tacos of my childhood. As a kid I spent quite a few weekends working at the flea market with my dad, enjoying tacos from a taco truck before it was a trendy thing.

My search in Spartanburg is just beginning, but I have some places I’ve tried and some I’m excited to try.

What Makes an Authentic Taco

Before I get to the list, let me just clarify what an authentic taco means to me.

  • It’s got to be on a soft corn Tortilla. ALWAYS. Don’t get me wrong, I love flour tortillas and hard shell corn tacos. But for the purpose of my quest, only this type of corn tortilla will do
  • Next and most importantly, is the meat. Save the ground beef for the burgers, we’re looking for grilled meats. Ideally, pork or beef.
  • The tacos are then completed with a simple topping of cilantro, onion and a squirt of fresh lime juice.
  • Occasionally the tacos will be served next to a salad of lettuce, tomato and cheese – but surprisingly these are not meant to be piled on top of your taco. 

Where to Find Authentic Tacos

The following places are just some of the places around town you can find such a taco.

El Pariente

This restaurant is very popular in local foodie groups, with good reason. The food is authentic, reasonably priced, and good. I enjoy the carne asada and al pastor tacos, with a side of scratch made refried beans. There’s a salsa bar to customize your tacos, if you’d like to add some heat. Conveniently located next to I-26, don’t let the Roebuck address deter you from trying the tacos here.

6198 Highway 221
Roebuck SC 29376

Chips and Cheese

One glance at online reviews and you’ll be ready to head to Wellford to enjoy some tacos here. The portions are generous and reasonably priced.

105 B Little Mountain Road
Wellford SC 29385

Tacos & Bla Bla Bla

A Greenville Favorite is opening a location in Woodruff, on Laurens Road soon! Follow them on Facebook for more info to be announced!

A Few More Tacos to Try

Other places that have been recommended to me, that I have yet to try are:

Delicious Pasteleria– I’m excited to try the tacos this bakery serves up, it comes highly recommended! Plus their baked goodies look really tempting!

106 South Blackstock Road
Spartanburg SC 29681

El Burrito
3614 Parris Bridge Road
Boiling Springs SC 29316

Taco Grill
3442 Boiling Springs Road
Boiling Springs SC 29316

Burrito Hub
253 Magnolia Street
Spartanburg SC 29306

There are plenty of awesome Mexican and taco places that are not on the list. I hope this inspires our readers to head out and explore the little tucked away restaurants, with awesome offerings.

Help Melanie Find the Perfect Taco

Is there a place you think I should add to my quest for the perfect authentic taco? Let me know!

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom to two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures! She enjoys sharing her finds with friends and loves even more that she can share them with Kidding Around readers! She can be found on Instagram @figuringthisoutdotcom

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Brittney Ann Kennedy
Brittney Ann Kennedy

There is a taco place inside of the Barnyard Flea Market, I know, I know, I walked past it for 4 years refusing to eat something from a flea market, but the people around it were ridiculous. My son and I always loved the smell, but like any reasonable mother I wasnt going to allow my kid to get food poisoning from a flea market taco, until about 2 weeks ago. He begged and I gave in. He got 2 tacos and I’m here to tell you, there is NO match to these tacos! The people making them do a… Read more »


We make the drive to this flea market just for the tacos!!


We are planning a #TacoChallengeTour stop at the flea market based on your incredible review! Thank you so much!
I’m terribly excited to try these, stay tuned to see what happens!

Jeff Taylor
Jeff Taylor

If you want really authentic tacos or just the best authentic Mexican food, you absolutly must go to Maria’s Beer and Grill. It is located at 7824 Asheville Hwy. in Spartanburg. It is a small, unassuming place with the freshest and most authentic food any where around.


Thank you so much for your recommendation! Maria’s got several mentions from people on social media as well! This is definitely getting added to our #TacoChallengeTour itinerary!


La Fonda, Spartanburg SC


What’s your favorite thing to get at La Fonda, John?


Great article, Melanie! Try Carlito’s Taco Truck–you’ll find him in the parking lot of Academy Sports in Spartanburg. Bright green truck. AMAZING tacos, quesadillas, and burritos. We drive from Chesnee just for his food. We can’t recommend it highly enough!


You know what Jenny? I’m pretty sure I’ve noticed this while standing in line for a Raspado from Penguino Hermanos!

Ohhhh my two favs, at once? Yes please!
I promise to give it a try and post about it on Kidding Around!