The salsa at Taqueria Mixteca, 1609 E. Third St., Dayton, has just the right amount of heat. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

BEST OF DAYTON 2018: The 3 top tacos in town

Tacos aren’t just for Tuesdays when you live in Dayton.

Tacos are here, there and everywhere to enjoy any day of the week.

In Dayton, we have a collection of amazing taco stops. We turned to our readers — the eaters, the taco connoisseurs — to give us their input on the best of the best.

>> The BEST places for Mexican food in Dayton

Here are the Best of Dayton 2018 winners of the Best Tacos category:

Taqueria Mixteca’s non-seafood tacos are $2.15 each. A corn (white or yellow), flour or crispy tortilla is served with choice of meat, cilantro, onions and a lime. Pictured are chicken, pork and chorizo tacos. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)
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WINNER: Taqueria Mixteca

Tried and true, Taqueria is one Mexican food stop that has never let us down. Even the complimentary chips and salsa that greet you as soon as you’re seated exceed expectations. Whether you stop in for a quick bowl of made-from-scratch guacamole, or you’re there for the tacos, we can almost guarantee it won’t be your last trip to Taqueria. You can get mini tacos as an appetizer or classic tacos with your choice of meat, and crunchy (yellow or white corn) or on a crispy tortilla. Check out the menu for yourself. Delicioso!

Taqueria Mixteca, 1609 E. Third St., Dayton, is located east of downtown and offers authentic Mexican food at affordable prices. (Connie Post/Staff)
Photo: HANDOUT/Connie Post/Staff

Two locations: 1609 E. 3rd St., Dayton | 2190 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood

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A taco trio from Elsa's in Dayton. (Source: Facebook)

SECOND PLACE: Elsa’s

Elsa’s has a history in Dayton that began on Linden Avenue in 1979. Today, Elsa’s has five Dayton locations and serves up tacos crunchy or soft. Tacos are available with ground beef, shredded beef, shredded chicken, chorizo or pork carnitas, fajita chicken or fajita steak. You can buy them individually or by the bundle.

Multiple locations: Elsa’s On the Border, 1227 Wilmington Ave., Dayton; Elsa’s East Restaurant & Cantina, 3618 Linden Ave., Dayton; Elsa’s Kettering Sports Grill, 1216 E. Stroop Road, Kettering; Elsa’s South Restaurant & Cantina, 6318 Far Hills Ave., Centerville; Elsa’s Corner Cantina, 6204A Wilmington Pike, Sugarcreek Twp.

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El Toro tacos. Photo from El Toro Centerville Facebook page

THIRD PLACE: El Toro

Don’t worry about portion size when you pick El Toro for your next Mexican feast. Plates are huge and filled from brim to brim. Tacos are no exception. They come with your choice of a crunchy shell or soft shell and can be filled with the traditional including grilled steak, grilled chicken, pork carnitas, grilled shrimp, grilled tilapia, ground beef, shredded chicken, shredded beef or beans. Luckily, there are plenty of El Toro locations so you don’t have to go far to stuff yourself with queso goodness.

Multiple Locations: 448 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek | 2915 Harshman Road, Dayton | 6770 Miller Lane, Dayton | 2335 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Centerville |1375 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek | 710 Gardner Road, Springboro | 9190 N. Main St., Englewood | 8321 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights | 794 Northwoods Blvd., Vandalia | 4421 Ohio 725, Bellbrook | more online 

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