Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
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1. Tia Maria Mexican Restaurant 7260 Pecos St, Denver, CO 80221

This family-run establishment brings authentic Mexican cuisine and culture to patrons with home-style cooked dishes like the green chile plate and stuffed sopapillas.

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2. La Loma 2527 W 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (Northwest)

La Loma is a quality spot if you're looking for quality Mexican food. Their expansive menu has featured original Mexi-options, including homemade tortillas, since they opened their doors in 1981.

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3. Bonnie Brae Tavern 740 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80209

Bonnie Brae Tavern features all the classics of your average American diner, but with some Mexican and Italian fare, which makes it a local favorite.

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4. North County 94 Rampart Way, Denver, CO 80230

North County brings California to Colorado with a seafood-heavy menu and Mexican favorites including tacos. The restaurant also has an extensive wine and liquor list, because you need tequila with your fish tacos.

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5. La Abeja 508 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (Uptown)

This Upper Colfax Mexican mainstay hosts $2 steak or carnitas tacos, plus a killer tomatillo salsa. While the spot itself may be a bit of a hole in the wall, what it lacks in decor, it makes up for in affordable, flavorful fare.

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6. El Chingon 4326 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212 (Northwest)

Having moved El Chingon from Aravada to Northwest Denver, executive chefs David Lopez and Gloria Nunez haven't skipped a beat. Delicious carnitas, green chili, and specialty cocktails come from a kitchen that buys ingredients locally, so you can enjoy both the food and having supported local business.

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7. Chubby's 1231 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (Northwest)

Chubby's is like your college fraternity best friend that you try to distance yourself from (because they're not the bestttt thing for you), but you are too weak to resist what they're throwing down. Head in for some delicious (and probably addicting) Mexican, and top it with some of their green chili.

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8. Tamales by La Casita 3545 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211

This cafe in LoHi offers the best of Mexican cuisine, including chile you can trust to cure whatever ails you.

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9. Burrito Giant 4501 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80212

Burrito Giant offers up some of the best Mexican fare in Denver, with delicious things like breakfast burritos and top-notch green chile, plus cheap prices.

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10. TaquerĂ­a El Trompito 1540 W 70th Ave, Denver, CO 80221

This authentic Mexican spot offers up strictly traditional dishes -- from tongue, cheeks, brains, to some of the best green chile Denver has to offer.

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11. Brewery Bar II 150 Kalamath Street, Denver, CO 80204 (Lincoln Park)

Located right near the Pepsi Center, Brewery Bar II is a great place to watch the game while simultaneously enjoying delicious Mexican food. Be sure to try the green chile -- the mild version has just the right kick that allows you to still appreciate its fruity-yet-vegetal, earthy-yet-meaty essence. (Note that there are branches in Lone Tree and Aurora, but this is the one to beat.)

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12. El Taco De Mexico 714 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204 (Southwest)

This quintessential Mexican dive attracts everyone from local regulars, to out-of-town travelers to its diner-like space for the most authentic versions of all the Mexico City classics, like chilaquiles, tongue tacos, and smothered chile relleno burritos. There's not much more than few plastic booths indoors, but anything smothered in the fresh green chile is likely better enjoyed in the breezy outdoor patio.

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