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Some of Dayton's best Mexican eateries you may not know about

The Miami Valley could do much, much worse for Mexican food. From long-standing restaurants to mobile food trucks, we have numerous businesses that can fulfill your craving for something spicy, cheesy, meaty or sizzling. In no particular order, we suggest these Mexican eateries: 

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FAST CASUAL

A new Victor’s Taco Shop opens today in Xenia, offering a variety of Mexican specialties, including tacos, enchiladas, burritos, taquitos and tostadas, as well as omelets and breakfast burritos. MARK FISHER/STAFF (Staff Writer)

Victor’s Tacos

Multiple locations | (937) 224-3293 | WebsiteFacebook

Having just opened its seventh Dayton-area location, it’s no surprise this spot made the list. You have to try the big OH burrito — trust us.

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Dayton.com staff writer Allegra Czerwinski takes a photo with Taqueria Mixteca's monster burrito for scale. (Contributed photo)
Taqueria Mixteca

1609 E. Third St. | (937) 258-2654 | FacebookTwitter 

Home of the two-pound “monster burrito,” Taqueria Mixteca also has some of the best pozole in town. It’s a shame you can only get it on the weekend. You can’t go wrong with their queso appetizer, and anything with chorizo on it will always be tasty. Grab some horchata at the East Third Street location (or grab a six-pack at the gas station next door – it’s BYOB), or indulge in a margarita at the Trotwood location.

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Las Penas Mexican Grocery & Restaurant is a hidden treasure with fantastic tacos. (AMELIA ROBINSON)/STAFF (AMELIA ROBINSON)

Las Penas Mexican Grocery & Restaurant 

215 Byers Road | 937-866-4457

What this no-frills restaurant lacks in atmosphere it more than makes up for in taste. Their juicy, fresh tacos satisfy the biggest appetite with flavorful meats and spicy sauces.

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Taqueria Tres Hermanos 

5392 Burkhardt Rd. | (937) 254-6645Facebook

Last year, Tres Hermanos (a.k.a. Three Brothers) opened as the former restaurant Taco Loco came to a close. But the food has remained top quality. The chicken quesadillas (1 lb, 4 oz), chorizo and carnitas are a MUST try.

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Burrito King

2307 Valley Pike | (937) 235-9970

Don’t be fooled by the exterior or the lack of social media presence. This spot is beloved by locals who know the quality of the food can’t be beat. Especially loved are the breakfast options, from the breakfast burrito (with a side of delicious gravy) or the perfectly cooked huevos rancheros, but whether you come for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you will leave perfectly satisfied.

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The Cubana Super Torta at La Michoacana #5 Mexican Market is a sandwich you'll want to try. (Photo: Amelia Robinson)

La Michoacana #5 Mexican Market 

748 Troy St. | (937) 220-9600 | Website

Where else can you grab some delicious chorizo tortas, then buy the very same chorizo at the meat counter next door? La Michoacana is a true gem in the Gem City, a spot you’re surprised to find in the Midwest but are so happy you did. Any of their fajita skillets are worth an order, but the shrimp fajitas in particular are a real treat.

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STAY A WHILE

Stacked enchiladas from Chuy’s: This New Mexican recipe features homemade blue corn tortillas stacked with freshly roasted hand-pulled chicken, cheese and Tomatillo sauce and topped with sour cream. Served with rice and beans. (MICHELLE FONG / STAFF) (MICHELLE FONG/STAFF)

Chuy’s Mexican Food

Multiple locations WebsiteFacebook

Take our word for it – take it twice – Chuy’s fresh margaritas are paired so well with a spicy, delicious steak burrito, or the complimentary happy hour nacho bar. Chuy’s may be a chain, but the Austin-based chain knows Tex-Mex for the masses. And with a fresh, never frozen-except-for-French-fries-and-ice-cream philosophy, you can be sure that the guacamole you’re killing is never from a tub.

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Elsa’s Corner Cantina is gearing up to open in the Sugarcreek Plaza in Sugarcreek Twp. Photo from Elsa’s Facebook page (Staff Writer)

Elsa’s 

Multiple locations | Website

We’ve said enough about Elsa’s “Bad Juan” Margaritas: Now let’s talk about Elsa’s Super Burrito: refried beans, your choice of meat, with a mild sauce, lettuce, Pico de Gallo and shredded cheese, in a 10-inch flour tortilla: it’s not for the faint of heart. Their fish tacos are refreshing and tasty, and go down oh so well with a Bad Juan.

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A pork and tongue taco (foreground), fajita de seafood and a margarita served up at Chiapas Mexican Grill in Centerville. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen (Contributing Writer)

Chiapas Mexican Grill
 298 N. Main St., Centerville | (937) 949-3390

One of Dayton’s most recent Mexican additions has certainly made a name for itself since opening. Besides the four dishes we loved upon our first visit, (especially the pozole) we also recommend the verde enchiladas for those who love lots of cheese with a great kick. But really, we could eat a straight bowl of their refried beans and be completely happy.

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The Chimichanga is the most popular item on the extensive menu at Las Piramides. CONNIE POST/STAFF (Connie Post)

Las Piramides
 6290 Chambersburg Rd., Huber Heights | (937) 235-8634 | Website

When you’re in the mood for a frozen margarita or some prime enchiladas, Las Piramides is your spot. Their fresh dishes are enhanced by the cheery and cantina-style ambiance and quality service at any time of the day or night. When you visit the Rose Music Center this summer, consider stopping by Las Piramides for a bite beforehand.

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Guacamole and chips at El Meson restaurant on South Lamar in Austin, Texas on Thursday, August 11, 2011. Thao Nguyen/FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN (Thao Nguyen/Austin American-Statesman)

El Toro
Multiple locations | WebsiteFacebook

El Toro, voted Dayton’s best yet again, offers plenty of delicious options, from the seafood chimichangas, to “La Favorita” – tender grilled steak, shrimp, with caramelized onions and tortillas, rice and beans. We suggest starting with an order of bean dip (add chorizo) and finishing with a classic Flan for dessert. As with every Mexican place on this list, come with a heavy appetite or ready to split: portions are huge. 

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9-278-07--Photo by Ty Greenlees--Anna Castro, left, served Paella as El Meson chef Mark Abbott started another paellera pan full of the seafood and garlic dish at the 2007 Garlic Festival at Cox Arboretum Metro Park on Friday evening. The festival continues on Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 11-5. (Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees)

El Meson

903 E. Dixie Drive, Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

This festive eatery is one of Dayton’s best loved Latin food institutions and for good reason. Their tapas menu is practically iconic, their patio space is huge and their house-brand tequila makes one good margarita. They also host a fleet of three food trucks that bring big flavor to businesses, events and more. Go for the Chilean salmon stack ($29), Manchego cheese puffs ($10 for 12, $7 for five) and chicken tortilla soup (small $7, large $10). Don’t miss the food truck version this festival season!

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FOOD TRUCKS

Taqueria Garcia Mobil

1914 E. 3rd St., Dayton | Facebook

With nearly a perfect rating on Facebook, this is clearly one food truck you won’t want to miss in Dayton. From what reviewers say, the tongue tacos are impeccable. The prices can’t be beat, either. 

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Taqueria la Lomita truck

2721 Linden Ave, Dayton

Another top-rated choice, this authentic food truck turns out some of Dayton’s best-loved Al Pastor tacos.

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Did your favorite Mexican eatery make the list? If not, we want to know about it! Shoot a message to alex.perry@coxinc.com

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