Three-Way Taqueria Showdown: El Guerrerense, Don Beto and Yaqui

Natalie Miranda
Who will win this three-way battle? Tacos from Taqueria El Guerrerense.

There are (at least) three taquerias on McDowell between 24th and 36th streets, all satisfying a near-constant flow of customers. Taqueria El Guerrerense, Taqueria Don Beto and Taqueria Yaqui are no-frills hole-in-the-wall spots sending their best displays of tacos to hungry customers, each with a varying selection of meats.

We wanted to know which one is the best taqueria on McDowell, so we tried all three in the ultimate taqueria showdown.

See also: Prickly Pear Sorbet Battle: Sweet and Spice at Taco Guild and Gertrude's

In This Corner: Taqueria El Guerrerense

Natalie Miranda
Taqueria El Guerrerense doubles as a mini convenience store.

The Setting: Your eyes are instantly attracted to the bright Aztec-style murals that cover the exterior of this taqueria. They have a simple outdoor eating area that is usually filled with people when it's not over 100 degrees outside. As you step inside, you find that Guerrerense is more than a taco shop, but also a mini panaderia and a convenience store where snacks, huarache sandals and hand-held fans are for sale. Not only are tacos on the menu, but you can also choose from menudo, burritos, pozole, tortas and sopes. Meat selections for tacos include asada, pastor, pollo, birria, cabeza and tripas for an additional 50 cents.

The Good: We ordered three tacos: asada, pollo and al pastor. The tacos come with shreds of fresh romaine and diced onion, with a lime wedge and salsa on the side. The meat was spilling out of our tacos, which is always a good sign. The pollo in the taco came in thick shreds as opposed to chunks of chicken. And the meat was well marinated and so moist there was no need for salsa. Next, the al pastor gave us much of the same reaction. It was flavorful and cooked just right.

The Bad: The asada taco was a disappointment. It was dry and the only flavor we got out from it was burned charcoal. Not even layering salsa on top could edge out the distasteful flavor.

Location Info

Taqueria Yaqui

3516 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Taqueria El Guerrerense

2622 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Taqueria Don Beto

2722 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Los Yaquis... hands down!

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