Rolled tacos have become a Tex-Mex staple for many foodies. This seemingly simple dish actually has plenty of variations available, depending on where your San Diego culinary adventures take you. Much like carne asada fries, rolled tacos are often available at locally owned, fast and casual Tex-Mex eateries.
Rolled tacos often come on a corn tortilla, but sometimes they are made with flour tortillas a well. A filling of shredded or ground meat, seasoned and often slow-cooked, is mixed with cheese and rolled in the tortilla. The end result is crispy on the outside and deliciously gooey and flavorful on the inside.
You can find rolled tacos on the menu of plenty of chain eateries, but the best interpretations on this dish come from smaller restaurants. We’ve located four different eateries around town that serve up craveable rolled tacos.
Chuy’s Taco Shop
Location: 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Suite G (map)
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If you’re looking for Tex-Mex flavors in a fun setting, then Chuy’s Taco Shop should be your destination. This local eatery is a treasured favorite for serving massive portions of flavorful Tex-Mex dishes, such as burritos, carne asada fries and, of course, rolled tacos.
Their rolled tacos are all of the cheese variety, and they cost less than a dollar apiece in most cases. You can have them with just cheese or cheese, lettuce and guacamole. The more you buy at a single time, the better the overall price you pay.
If you need something more substantial, they also sell nachos, quesadillas, enchiladas, burgers and combination plates with beans and rice. For those who like to start their day with a little kick of flavor, there’s also a breakfast menu. Options include chilaquiles (both red and green), as well as breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros.
For those who aren’t so adventurous, there are sandwiches, such as ham, beef and fish, as well as carne asada and chorizo. Of course, you can’t go wrong with basic tacos in most cases. Other options for tacos include mini tacos and soft or hard tacos filled with proteins ranging from shrimp to chicken.
La Playa Taco Shop
Location: 3973 Mission Blvd. (map)
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
With outdoor seating and big portions, La Playa Taco Shop has made a name for itself as a rolled taco destination. Like many of the best taco destinations in San Diego, this place is unassuming and relatively small. Its menu has only a handful of options, but every one of them leaves customers with a smile.
They serve breakfast here, which means they open relatively early most days. People can enjoy huevos rancheros, several kinds of omelets and even chilaquiles with rice, beans or fries. However, this place is a destination for its lunch and dinner menu. They offer tamales and chiles rellenos a la carte. You can also purchase combination plates for between $9 and $14.
Their combination platters include a rolled tacos option. This platter includes two rolled tacos and a meat tostada for $8.99. You can also order rolled tacos, four or a dozen at a time. You have the choice of beef or chicken and cheese. They serve them topped with guacamole, Mexican crema, pico de gallo and crumbled Mexican cheese.
There are plenty of other dishes, such as carne asada fries and nachos, burritos, enchiladas, machaca and even the spicy favorite shrimp a la diabla.
Colima’s Mexican Food
Location: 2302 University Avenue (map)
Hours: Sunday-Tuesday: 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., Wednesday and Thursday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday: 7 a.m. to 4 a.m., Saturday: 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Colima’s Mexican Food serves incredible Tex-Mex food at very affordable prices. Their rolled tacos are such a popular option that they are included on the daily specials menu. Customers can enjoy three rolled tacos with rice and beans for just $5.95.
Unlike many places, which may only offer cheese rolled tacos for vegetarians, Colima’s actually makes potato rolled tacos, as well as versions stuffed with both chicken and beef. The extra options really aren’t that surprising, given how extensive their menu is. You can find all kinds of dishes, from Surf N’ Turf fries to a freshly made beef soup.
In addition to rolled tacos, you can enjoy crispy or soft shell tacos with a host of fillings. They made adobada, beef, chicken, ground feed, carne asada, carnitas and fish. They also make massive burritos, such as machaca with cheese, chile relleno, carnitas, California and even a breakfast burrito.
Those who prefer American dishes can enjoy a burger (with or without cheese and fries). However, with choices like enchiladas, quesadillas and chimichangas, it’s hard to overlook their Tex-Mex menu.
Las Cuatro Milpas
Location: 1875 Logan Avenue (map)
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Closed Sundays
People in Barrio Logan have a host of incredible dining options, but Las Cuatro Milpas stands out among them. With low prices and incredible quality, this little eatery deserves its renown as a top destination for tacos.
This place is so popular, in fact, that you can expect to wait in line when you’re ready to try them out. However, the staff puts together the food quickly, without sacrificing quality. You won’t have to wait a long time to enjoy the food here. Study their small but tasty menu while you’re in line so that you can order when your turn comes up.
Their rolled tacos are quite affordable at only a dollar each. You should expect a blend of melted cheese and tender, flavorful meats. They serve the rolled tacos topped with lettuce or other fixings.
You can also enjoy burritos with your choice of meat, tacos, tamales and fresh tortillas. On Saturday, they serve menudo. You can also order chorizo con huevo if you’re there earlier in the day and need breakfast. Fair warning: This place only accepts cash payments. The flavors here are definitely worth making a trip to the ATM for, over and over again.