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Utah County has a few good taco shops and casual Mexican and Tex-Mex places around, but it’s been lacking in good table service Mexican restaurants. Sure, there’s Los Hermanos (sorry, not my fave), Milagros (I like it, but it is on the sweet side & definitely unique), Maria Bonita (OK), and a handful of others. But I’ve still been on the quest to find something our whole family really likes that offers table service.
Our latest entry is one that I must admit I had not planned to try. It took over the spot where Las Glorias /Las Puentes had been over by the University Mall Cinemark, and I think the restaurant’s name is really boring. I mean, El Taco Burrito? Yes, it gets the point across that they have tacos and burritos, but c’mon, there’s got to be something a little more interesting (plus the cartoon taco & burrito sign feels a bit cheesy). But then I got a Restaurant.com certificate for El Taco Burrito and decided to go ahead and give it a try. We had low expectations, but we were very pleasantly surprised.
The employees are very friendly and welcomed us quickly. We were seated immediately and given an overview of the restaurant and menu. They are a family-run restaurant that uses family recipes, focusing on great flavors rather than spiciness. The menu features traditional Mexican favorites including the host’s recommendations, Guacamole, the Flautas and Chicken Avocado Salad.
They also make custom burritos and tacos; just fill out the cards with your choices for tortillas, meat, toppings, & more.
Chips & Salsa (complimentary) – The chips were spot-on: slightly warm, perfectly crisp, and not too thick or thin. We all really liked the salsa, which was a medium consistency with fresh cilantro and onion flavors.
Guacamole ($4.99) – A classic chunky and creamy guacamole with fresh tomato, lime, and cilantro. I love that they bring out small bowls so you can portion the guacamole into your own individual bowls. No double-dipping worries!
Three Flautas, Chicken ($8.49) – These were HUGE! They are served with a side of sour cream; guacamole is an extra 99 cents, which I think should be automatically included. The flautas were nicely crisp on the outside and had shredded chicken that was tender and moist.
Two Build-Your-Own Tacos, Shredded Beef ($6.99) – One has lettuce, tomatoes, & cheese. The other has tomatoes, onions, & cheese. Both are on corn tortillas. They were loaded with toppings and had to be eaten open face at first. The beef was excellent, very tender and flavorful.
Build-Your-Own Burrito, Shredded Beef ($7.99) – White tortilla with shredded beef, tomatoes, rice, beans, & cilantro, smothered with green chile. These burritos are ENORMOUS! Again, the shredded beef is really good. When Amazing Diner started to get full, he ate the rest of the filling out of his burrito ’cause he loved it so much!
Build-Your-Own Burrito, Ground Beef ($7.99) – With a white tortilla, ground beef, a ton of toppings, and smothered with red chile. The ground beef was also very flavorful and seasoned with cumin and other spices.
Kids Cheese Quesadilla Meal ($4.99) – Served with a drink, rice & beans (but our little guy just wanted rice) or fries. Pretty normal stuff here, but Little Diner gobbled up the whole quesadilla. It would be nice if they would pre-slice it, though.
If you’re looking for a pretty traditional Mexican restaurant, this one is a good fit. They’ve got flavorful food and good chips & salsa (and guacamole!). The meats are tender and well-seasoned and/or marinated. Everything we ate was on the mild side. We like it a bit spicier, but we liked the flavors. I thought the prices were a little high. I’d definitely recommend trying the custom tacos and burritos. There were very few people here, so go give them a shot for dinner (especially when you’re headed to the movie theater). We’ll be back!
Right now you can get a great deal on El Taco Burrito through Restaurant.com. They are only $4 for a $10 certificate right now, $6 for a $15 or $10 for a $25 (make sure you check the minimum purchase requirement)! Certificates are easy to purchase online or with the app. Just show it when you order and the dollar amount will come off your order total. Easy! Restaurant.com certificates never expire, so go get one now!
El Taco Burrito
1069 S 750 E
Orem, UT 84097
Entree Price: $
Average Fork Rating: 4.1
Mr. Diner: 4.5
Mrs. Diner: 4
Amazing Diner: 3.5
Sweet Diner: 4.5
Little Diner: 4