Mexican Restaurants in Back of the Yards

Traditional Mexican Food and Tequila at Blue Agave (Up to 50% Off)

Blue Agave

Multiple Locations

Traditional Mexican fare including burritos and jalapeño chicken skewers, along with 200 varieties of tequila

$40 $23

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$4 for $8 Worth of Mexican-American Cuisine at Ramirez Fast Cuisine

Ramirez Fast Food

West Humboldt Park

Chicago-style hot dogs, high-stacked triple burgers, amply stuffed chicken burritos, and juicy skirt-steak sandwiches

$8 $4

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$69 for a Mexican Dinner for Two at Frontera Grill. Groupon Reservation Required.

Frontera Grill

Near North Side

Celebrate with margaritas and a two-course dinner at “Top Chef Master” and James Beard Award–winner Rick Bayless’s flagship restaurant

$97.75 $69

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Upscale Mexican Dinner for Two or Four at Ay Chiwowa (Up to 55% Off)

Ay Chiwowa

Near North Side

Michelin-rated chef Kevin Hickey brings his careful touch to the new menu, with bacon al pastor tacos and guacamole with mango and pepitas

$72 $35

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$10 for $20 Worth of Mexican Cuisine at Fajitas Mexican Restaurant

Fajitas Mexican Restaurant

Burbank

Traditional Mexican cuisine includes homemade chips and salsa, tacos and burritos chock-full of meats, and huevos rancheros

$20 $10

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Taco Meal for Two or Four at Fiesta Grill Chicago (Up to 56% Off)

Fiesta Grill Chicago

Chicago

Diners choose a choice of meats and side their tacos with rice and beans and a soft drink

$18 $9

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Appetizer, Two Mexican Entrees, One Petite Flan, and Two House Margaritas at El Nuevo Mexicano (Up to 26% Off)

El Nuevo Mexicano

Lakeview

Margaritas complement a Mexican dinner with dishes such as enchiladas, veggie burritos, or sizzling fajitas with free-range amish chicken

$74 $55

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Mexican Food and Margaritas at Cesar's Restaurant (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Cesar's Restaurant

Chicago

Oversized margaritas and classic Mexican dishes such as enchilladas, fajitas, and rellenos, all served in plentiful portions

$20 $10

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Mexican Food at Mi Tierra Mexicana (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Mi Tierra Mexicana

Lakeview

Diners dig into traditional Mexican dishes, such as enchiladas, beef tongue in ranchero sauce, and vegetarian burritos

$30 $15

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$10 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Food and Drink at Best Taco & Burrito Joint ($20 Value)

Best Taco & Burrito Joint

Logan Square

Gooey, spicy chilaquiles with salsa verde; steak and pork burritos with sour cream; assorted American standards like burgers and hot dogs

$10 $5

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Mexican Food for Lunch or Weekday Dinner at Fernando's Tequila Bar & Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Fernando's Tequila Bar & Restaurant

Chicago

Sample Mexican specialities such as char-grilled carne asada steak and bubbling-hot molcajetes

$40 $22

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$17 for $30 Worth of Mexican Dinner and Drinks for Two or More at Margaritas

Margaritas

Oak Park

Shrimp ceviche, tamales, tilapia in Veracruzana sauce, tacos, chicken mole, burritos, enchiladas, steak fajitas, and chilis rellenos

$30 $17

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Dinner for Two or Takeout at El Maya (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

El Maya

Chicago

This BYOB Mexican restaurant serves updated classics like enchiladas with mole poblano, plus virgin margaritas that guests spike themselves

$40 $22

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mexican Fusion Food at Taco Chino ($30 Value)

Taco Chino

Albany Park

Tacos and burritos made with spicy pork and Mexican sausage, plus Korean crossovers such as kimchi quesadillas

$10 $5

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Authentic Mexican Dinner with Appetizers, Entrees, and Margaritas for Two or Four at Tortilla Soup (43% Off)

Tortilla Soup

Chicago

Appetizers such as shrimp cocktail or guacamole precede entrees such as chicken mole, carne asada, and the pork ribs with red or green sauce

$61.48 $35

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Mexican Food at Tuxpan Mexican Grill (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Tuxpan Mexican Grill

Jefferson Park

Authentic Mexican eats including tacos, carne asada, and tortas at bilingual BYOB restaurant

$20 $10

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Prix Fixe Mexican Dinner for Two with Margaritas, Starter, Entrees and Desserts at CiNe (34% Off)

CiNe

Hinsdale

Sip margaritas while exploring a selection of house specialties such as guacamole, red snapper, chicken in mole sauce, and tres leches cake

$99 $65

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$12.50 for $25 Worth of Mexican Food at Salseria

Salseria

Elmhurst

Fresh salsas and signature seasonings flavor Mexican favorites; hand-squeezed lime juice and 40 types of tequila flavor margaritas

$25 $12.50

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$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican Fare at Pepe's Mexican Restaurant in Homer Glen

Pepe's Mexican Restaurant

Homer Glen

Burritos, enchiladas, and other Mexican favorites with vegetarian options

$20 $12

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Mexican Dinner Cuisine for Two or More at Tequila Restaurante (Up to 50% Off)

Tequila Restaurante

Multiple Locations

Authentic Mexican dishes crafted with housemade ingredients, served on tables adorned with linen and flowers in candle-lit eatery

$50 $25

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Mexican Dinner for Two or Four with Fajitas and Margarita Flights at El Sombrero Restaurant (Up to 56% Off)

El Sombrero Restaurant

Mount Prospect

Enjoy sizzling fajitas accompanied by three 4-ounce margarita pours made with top-shelf tequila

$63 $29

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Mexican Food on Sunday–Thursday or Anytime at Mago Grill & Cantina (Up to 40% Off). Three Locations Available.

Mago Grill & Cantina

Multiple Locations

Lauded Chicago chef crafts Mexican & Latin dishes such as ceviches, empanadas & moles paired with margaritas, mojitos, & sangrias

$50 $35

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Recipes from South-Central Mexico inspire the chefs at Amelia's Mestizo Grill, but the menu also incorporates familiar Old-World flavors. The spirit of innovation undergirds their commitment to traditional Latin-American staples, with dishes such as the grilled pork tenderloin with roasted quince that the Chicago Reader claimed, "could have come out of a far more pretentious kitchen." Stuffed poblano peppers arrive with a sherry-pecan sauce, and smoky chipotle peppers add a distinctive kick to the Mediterranean-tinged flavors of the grilled rack of lamb and potato gratin.

Coming back to its roots once again, the restaurant's dining room embodies a down-to-earth ambiance, complete with exposed brickwork and simple wooden chairs. A red accent wall adds a splash of color to the space, as do vibrant paintings of flowers, children, and Mexico's first rainbow.

4559 S Halsted St
Chicago,
IL
US

Husband-and-wife duo Alejandro and Diana Guerra strive to bring the Mexican beach restaurant experience to Chicago at their Mexican seafood institution, La Palapa. Here, patrons dine on spicy Nayarit-style seafood on an outdoor patio, basking under palapas—thatched palm-leaf umbrellas—with their toes planted in the sand-filled deck. Roving mariachi bands often pop in to serenade tables, and a menacing statue of a shark lords over the beachy scene, hoping to sink its teeth into helpings of seafood paella, spicy garlic calamari, and red snapper. The seafood combo melds shrimp, octopus, mussels, and scallops, and the Palapa shrimp is doused in Alejandro’s grandmother’s own secret spice concoction.

2000 West 34th Street
Chicago,
IL
US

The house specialty carne asada dominates Mexico Steakhouse's selection of recipes honed over 40 years of service. The kitchen concedes to morning cravings with a battery of egg breakfasts and frantic signals with a white napkin, and traditional dishes, such as pork tamales, travel to tables later in the day. A bright-blue awning and a row of arched windows distinguish the brick restaurant, where a jukebox recites an encyclopedic compilation of tunes for diners inside.

2983 S Archer Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

As the mayor of Chicago, Richard J. Daley was not one to throw around his endorsements lightly. That makes the signed token of praise on May St. Café’s wall even more remarkable. Though Mayor Daley was duly impressed by chef Mario Santiago’s blend of Puerto Rican, Mexican, and Cuban cuisines, he might have been equally taken with Santiago’s personal story. The chef’s ascension through Chicago’s culinary ranks began at his family’s restaurant and continued during his stint at the renowned Graham Room at Chicago’s Civic Opera House, where he served as captain of the kitchen. Today, Santiago draws on more than three decades of experience to craft a veritable quilt of Latin American flavors. One exemplary dish is the French double-cream brie quesadilla, which takes an unexpected turn with winter pear and chipotle sauce fillings. In a similar pairing of sweet and savory, the cinnamon chipotle chicken fajitas balance spicy peppers with a tinge of dessert flavor. For a full-blown dessert, try the homemade white chocolate flan, which can be enjoyed by the spoonful or sculpted into an edible bust of Mayor Daley.

1146 West Cermak Road
Chicago,
IL
US

Carnitas Don Rafa's owner Rafael Vega transforms the knowledge he inherited from his father, a butcher turned restaurateur, into a menu of homestyle Mexican fare. Staffers lovingly stuff tortillas and tortas with a variety of proteins, including carne asada, milanesa, or the house specialty, the eponymous carnitas, made from a family recipe. A parking lot next door keeps faithful chariots and dune buggies safe as patrons pick up their doggie bags.

4619 S Kedzie Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Raul Lopez always wanted to be a bullfighter. Growing up in Mexico City, he participated in the sport as much as possible, but economic reasons led him down an altogether different path—making tortillas. He brought this business—and the nickname “el torero,” which means bullfighter—with him when he moved to the United States in 1942. What began as a small operation peddling tortillas to his neighbors turned into El Milagro tortillas, still well known today for a spread of Mexican tortillas, chips, burrito shells, and caseras, distributed throughout the Midwest. True to Lopez’s original process, the company’s current staff—including his wife and seven of their children—grinds only the finest kernels to create their products; they never use processed corn flour or aged corn, despite impressive resumes that list previous work in popcorn bags. Locations throughout Chicago also sell fresh tacos atop Lopez’s famed tortillas.

1923 South Blue Island Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US

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