Where are the best tacos in Jim Wells and Duval counties? Here's what South Texans say.

Robin Bradshaw
Alice Echo News Journal

Ask a South Texan where to go for the best taco and the response is normally answered with a few questions in return. 

What kind of taco, breakfast, hard shell, flour, or corn? Then the homemade salsa questions follow.

In South Texas, the perfect taco has everything to do with fresh ingredients, skill and one more key factor - being homemade. 

These taco hot spots are located between the county lines of Jim Wells and Duval County and were chosen in response to a Facebook post from the Alice Echo-News Journal, which gathered close to 600 comments.

Here's where to find the best tacos the locals can't stop talking about. 

Ruben Contreras, a seasoned baker of 55 years, specializes in the cultural tradition of Mexican pastries.

1. Nortex Bakery and Mexican Food 

1801 N. Texas Blvd. 78332

Restaurant hours: Tues- Sun 5:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Contact: (361)-664-0540 

Nortex Bakery has been around for over 30 years in Alice. The reason locals rave about Nortex Bakery and their tacos is most notably because of their seasoned baker of 55 years, Ruben Contreras. A Mexico native, Contreras specializes in the cultural tradition of Mexican authenticity and the large majority of South Texans agree his  tortillas and pastries are something special. 

Owner Jesus Ceja and daughter Gabriella at the BigTaco Restaurant in Alice, Texas.

2. Big Taco Mexican Restaurant 

406 Cecilia St. 78331 

Restaurant hours: Mon. - Sat. 4:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Contact: (361) 668-2029

Big Taco in Alice specializes in Carne Guisada, flour tortillas and homemade salsa. "One of our biggest sellers is the killer taco," Owner Jesus Ceja said. "The killer taco consists of just about everything, chicharrones, chorizo, sausage, bean, cheese, bacon the works." 

Andy and Juanita Chavarria

3. AJ's Tex-Mex Restaurant 

3015 S. U.S. Hwy 281 78332

Restaurant hours:

Contact (361) 207-1439 

AJ's Tex-Mex has been serving Mexican food in Alice since 1995. Owners Andy and Juanita Chavarria are known for their homemade daily lunch specials. "People love tacos and cheese enchiladas," the Chavarria's said. 

4. Silvia's Cocina and Grocery 

1310 Range St. 78332

Restaurant hours:

Contact: (361) 396-1388 

"People come to my restaurant for the pinto beans. We sell a lot of bean and bacon tacos, Menudo, and carne asada," owner Aixa Garcia said. "I learned to cook from my mother, Maria, and it has served me well." 

5. Papi's Kitchen

701 S. Tovar St. (San Diego) 78384

Restaurant hours:

Contact: (361) 227-8622 

"We specialize in fresh barbacoa and Menudo," said Owner Liza Briones. "We're known for selling big family-sized meals to go and barbacoa by the pound with all fixings fresh cilantro, avocado, pico de gallo and homemade tortillas."

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