Everywhere You Can Get Free & Cheap Tacos for National Taco Day

National Taco Day is bringing a truckload of taco deals to your early-October lunch.

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Courtesy of Fuzzy's Taco Shop
Courtesy of Fuzzy's Taco Shop

If you really dig into it, you'd probably find that there is at least one food holiday every day of the year. If not every day, pretty close to it. There are a lot of days with more than one. National Pepperoni Pizza Day and National Queso Day landed on the same day in September. However, there's a big difference between, say, National Pumpkin Day on October 26 and National Coffee Day on September 29. You will find a lot of perks enticing you to celebrate coffee, while pumpkin day is just kind of there.

It's clear that National Taco Day on October 4 is in the big leagues. That's a pro-level food holiday. National Taco Day has made its orbit around the sun and returns bearing gifts. You're going to find deals at great local restaurants and big chains alike. That includes spots like Taco Bell, Taco John's, On the Border, California Tortilla, and lots more.

To help you celebrate in your preferred method, here are the best deals you'll find on October 4 for National Taco Day.

Free Tacos on National Taco Day

Taco John's
The deal:
If you're a rewards member, you can get a free Beef Taco Bravo with any purchase. 
When: October 4

California Tortilla
The deal:
With every purchase, guests get a coupon for a free taco during a visit from October 5-11.
When: October 4

Long John Silver's
The deal
: Grab a free taco with the purchase of any combo, meal, or platter either in-store or online for pickup. If you're ordering online, use the code "NATIONALTACODAY."
When: October 4

Qdoba
The deal:
Guac and queso are free with the purchase of any entrée. 
When: Ongoing

Taco Deals on National Taco Day

Taco Bell
The deal: Rewards members can snatch up a Taco Lover's Pass for $10 via T-Bell's app. The subscription will allow purchasers to redeem one of seven tacos every single day for the next 30 days. Included in the deal are the Crunchy Taco, Crunchy Taco Supreme, Soft Taco, Soft Taco Supreme, Spicy Potato Soft Taco, Doritos Locos Tacos, and Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme.
When: October 4

On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
The deal: Snag a $2 classic or $4 premium taco. There are also $3 bottled beers up for grabs.
When: October 4

Fuzzy's Taco Shop
The deal:
Select tacos will be just $1.50 all day for National Taco Day.
When: October 4

El Pollo Loco
The deal:
Loco Rewards members are getting rewarded because El Pollo Loco is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month instead of just this day o' tacos. Spend $10 on anything but tacos on October 4, and you'll get eight free tacos added to your loyalty account. Those can be redeemed any time from October 5 to October 31. Also, the chain is offering free delivery on any order placed through. theLoco Rewards app all day.
When: October 4

Miguel's Jr.
The deal:
Get a full-size Carne Asada Soft Taco for $3.
When: October 4

Chevys Fresh Mex
The deal:
Get in on the $3 build-your-own-taco bar. There's also a happy hour running from 3 pm to close with $6 house margaritas, $8 salmon tacos, and more.
When: October 4

El Torito
The deal:
There's a $3 build-your-own-taco bar, as well as happy hour from 3 pm to close with $6 house margs.
When: October 4

El Pollo Loco
The deal:
It is offering an expanded $5 Fire-Grilled Combo meal with the addition of its Fire-Grilled Shredded Chicken Quesadilla Combo.
When: Through November 2

El Pollo Loco
The deal:
The Family Feast is available for just $24. That includes eight pieces of bone-in chicken, two large sides, an Avocado Family Salad, four churros, and tortillas.
When: Through November 2

Casey's
The deal:
Get a large Taco Pizza for $14 to celebrate National Taco Day.
When: October 4

Long John Silver's
The deal:
Order through DoorDash and include a Pepsi product to get $3 off an order of at least $15. 
When: October 4

Cali'flour Foods
The deal:
Take 20% off the company's gluten-free flatbread tortillas. Use the code "Tacoday20" on its website.
When: October 4

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Courtesy of Burrito Beach

Local Deals on National Taco Day

Burrito Beach - Chicago, Illinois
The deal:
Grab $1 tacos all day. Though, there's a three-taco maximum per order. You'll find this at all locations except the one in O'Hare airport.
When: October 4

Great Jones Distilling Co. - New York, New York
The deal:
Its "Prohibition Hour"--that's its version of a happy hour--puts the price of cocktails and "light bites" at $11. 
When: Tuesday-Friday, 4-7 pm

Tacombi — Miami, New York City, Washington, DC
The deal:
Every weekday, Tacombi runs a happy hour with $9 Margaritas and Sandia Santas as well as $5 beers and Mexican Micheladas. 
When: Monday-Friday, 4-7 pm

Billy's on the Beach - Newport Beach, California
The deal:
The revamped happy hour includes an $8 island-inspired cocktail or wine, as well as  apps like Billy’s Grilled Sausage Platter, Kahlua Pulled Pork Slider, Chicken Skewers, and Chowder Fries
When: Tuesday through Sunday, from 3-6 pm

Char & Stave Coffee - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The deal:
Happy hour includes $3 off mocktails and cocktails, 50% off flights, and 25% off pastries, among other deals. 
When: Monday through Friday, 4-6 pm

Tacotarian - San Diego, California
The deal:
Grab the Giant Taco at the plant-based taco shop for $10 on National Taco Day. Plus, every Tuesday they have $3 tacos, including their asada, pastor, barbacoa, dorado, plantain, and other tacos. 
When: October 4

El Halal Amigos - San Jose, California
The deal:
Grab the Pollo A Pastor Taco for just $2.50 to celebrate National Taco Day. 
When: October 4

Diego Pops - Scottsdale, Arizona
The deal:
Get half-off appetizers, $2 off beers, $6 Diego Margaritas, and other deals during happy hour. 
When: Daily, 3-6 pm

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Courtesy of El Torito

Other Deals on National Taco Day

Jack in the Box
The deal:
To celebrate the release of its pumpkin-spice Oreo shake, the Basic Witch Shake, you can use the code "ACTUALLYFALL" to get a free five-piece order of churros with any purchase of the Basic Witch Shake. 
When: Through October 31

Carl's Jr. and Hardee's
The deal:
Grab a Double Cheeseburger, California Classic Double Cheeseburger, or Bacon Double Cheeseburger for $2.99 all month
When: Through October 30

Tim Hortons
The deal:
Order through the Tims app to get a medium hot or iced coffee for $.99.
When: Through October 31

Streets of New York
The deal:
The Arizona-based chain is offering a 16-inch one-topping pizza for $20 with the code "$20PIZZA." That's $3.80 off the usual price. 
When: Through October 31

Pieology
The deal:
Join Pie Life rewards in October and get a free one-topping thin pizza. After you join, you'll have seven days to redeem that reward.
When: Through October 31

Schlotzsky's Deli
The deal:
It's running a buy-one-get-one-free deal on baked goods. Though, that's only good at locations that have Cinnabon. You'll find the offer in the Schlotzsky's app. 
When: October 4-7

Wendy's
The deal:
Get a free small order of breakfast potatoes with any purchase through the mobile app. 
When: Through October 23

Wendy's
The deal:
If you're a Grubhub+ member, you can grab a free Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger when you place an order of at least $20. 
When: October 3-9

Wendy's
The deal:
DashPass members on DoorDash get $4 off any order of at least $20 that includes a Biggie Bag.
When: October 3-30

Cinnabon
The deal:
Cinnabon Rewards members get a BOGO deal on baked goods with the code "ROLL22" in the Cinnabon app. You can also get a $0 delivery fee in the app or through the website.
When: October 4-7

Peet's
The deal:
Buy a one-pound bag of coffee beans and you'll get a free small drip coffee. 
When: Ongoing

Want more food deals?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best pizza dealsreward programs, birthday freebiesgift card offersfood delivery offersalcohol delivery deals, and perks for getting your vaccination against COVID-19. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

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