Cheap eats: Taqueria Chapala

photo / Kent Wang Creative Commons licensed: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Jalisco style barbacoa and tasty tacos 

Taqueria Chapala is cheap. In fact, the $7 plate is one of the priciest dishes on the menu. $5 can easily buy you enough to fill you up. A burrito costs $3.19 and a torta is only $2.99 – you can’t make this stuff yourself for less.

But price isn’t the only reason to go here. The food is delicious and hearty. My favorite item is the Jalisco style taco. Everybody at your table will be jealous. This place is great for hangover remedies and wallet woes. You’ll see all types of people here: people having Sunday lunch after church, kids trying to make the pain stop, regulars, and drifters. It’s a great little place for anyone. They’re located on the south side of Cesar Chavez a couple of blocks east of Chicon.

Taqueria Chapala
2101 E Cesar Chavez St • Austin, TX 78702


Hazmatisfun's picture

If you think their food is good, go a little farther East to Juan in a Million at Chalmers/Cesar Chavez. They have breakfast tacos that are more like breakfeast burritos. Spicy, tasty and very filling for a very economical price.

I like to call them “gut bombs.”

Anonymous's picture

um pretty sure EVERYONE knows about JIAM. old news.

Elizabeth Bennet's picture

I didn’t. But I’m from England.