Pilsen’s Best Mexican Restaurants

When you’re craving authentic Mexican food in Chicago, heading to Pilsen is a given whether you want home food or street food. While there are an insane amount of diverse places to choose from, these three stand out from the pack.

El Milagro

via Flickr user Natalia Wilson

via Flickr user Natalia Wilson

El Milagro has a flavorful variety of tasty tamales and other Mexican dishes. Originally founded as a tortilla bakery, they have expanded into cafeteria style dining, while continuing to uphold their reputation of making the freshest tortillas. Try their spicy pork tamales, bean tamales, or raja tamales that are extremely cheap at about a dollar each.

You can find El Milagro at 1923 S. Blue Island Ave.

Birreria Reyes de Ocotlan

via Flickr user Krista

via Flickr user Krista

You may know this place because of its famous Birria, a taco stuffed chock full of melt-in-your-mouth goat meat. While this spot may not serve an enormous menu, they execute each dish exceptionally well—you won’t want to have these dishes anywhere else after you have them here.

You can find Birreria Reyes de Ocotlan at 322 W 18th St.

La Casa Del Pueblo

via Flickr user Daniel X. O'Neill

via Flickr user Daniel X. O’Neill

Half grocery store, half brightly decorated taqueria, with unbelievably flavorful dishes served cafeteria-style. There are an endless number of options, and the meals are enormous. Needless to say, come hungry so you can try a bit of everything!

You can find La Casa Del Pueblo at 1834 S Blue Island Ave.