Texas Monthly is well-known for its extensive barbecue roundup, but the Lone Star authority has put down the fork and knife in favor of tortillas for its latest list. The December issue of Texas Monthly features the 120 best tacos in the state.
As the magazine cover states, these 120 tacos are the ones you "must eat before you die." Thirteen lucky Texans tasted more than 1,000 tacos from 14 cities over the course of four months. Each was rated on an official scorecard.
You'll have to wait until December to see them all, but you can get a taste of the top 10, which achieved a perfect score, now. The top 10 includes two San Antonio favorites.
The simple — but scrumptious — chicken cilantro masterpiece from Chela's Tacos made the cut. One of the most popular offerings on the menu, the soft flour tortilla is topped with a creamy mix of its titular components. The red food truck has been making waves since it hit the scene in 2009 thanks to owners Marty and Celia Davis' focus on interior Mexican flavors and top-notch ingredients.
Ray's Drive Inn also has a representative on the list. According to Texas Monthly, the best pick on the menu is the avocado puffy taco, a tasty creation, both crunchy and soft, topped with lettuce and tomatoes. The family-owned restaurant and self-declared home of the original puffy taco has been a popular West Side neighborhood hang since the 1950s.
Rounding out the top 10 tease are tacos from Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Brownsville, and El Paso. Keep an eye out for the full list of 120 tacos in the December issue of Texas Monthly.