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Riverside's 5 best spots to score cheap Mexican fare

Riverside's 5 best spots to score cheap Mexican fare

Chilitos Mexican Grill | Photo: Steve C./Yelp

By Hoodline - Published on September 27, 2019.

Looking for a sublime Mexican meal near you?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Mexican restaurants around Riverside, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture when cravings strike.

1. Little Green Onion

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Topping the list is Little Green Onion. Located at 6723 Brockton Ave. in Magnolia Center, the breakfast and brunch, Mexican and New American spot is the highest-rated affordable Mexican restaurant in Riverside, boasting four stars out of 472 reviews on Yelp.

This spot serves up Mexican staples like tacos and burritos. Yelpers recommend going on "Taco Thursdays" for discounted tacos and beer specials. Cash-strapped diners may also enjoy the enchilada fries or the taquitos rancheros for lunch. 

Explore the entire menu here. 

2. Tuxies Juices

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Next up is Magnolia Center's Tuxies Juices, situated at 6030 Magnolia Ave., Suite 3. With 4.5 stars out of 273 reviews on Yelp, the Mexican spot, which offers juices and smoothies and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a cheap option.

Stop by this eatery for cheap eats on Thursday and Saturday, when the taco prices are discounted. Yelpers also recommend the full taco platters, which come with Spanish rice, pinto beans, mozzarella cheese, three tacos and two slices of lemon. Other cheap menu items include the carne asada nachos and fries. 

3. Chilitos Mexican Grill

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La Sierra South's Chilitos Mexican Grill, located at 3847 S. Pierce St., Suite F, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the budget-friendly Mexican spot 4.5 stars out of 302 reviews.

The large menu includes tacos, quesadillas, nachos, burritos, soups and salads. Nothing on the menu will break the bank, but for the best value, go for the  taquitos (with a choice of shredded beef or chicken, and served with shredded lettuce, guacamole, sour cream and both Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese) or the cheese quesadillas (grilled flour tortilla stuffed with Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses with fresh guacamole and sour cream).    

Take a look at the entire menu here. 

4. Taco Station

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Check out Taco Station, which has earned four stars out of 562 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the Mexican spot by heading over to 4088 Mission Inn Ave.

Taco Station has a menu full of Mexican breakfast plates along with favorites like tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas and nachos. The restaurant offers cost-conscious consumer options like sopes, taquitos, fish tacos and a bean and cheese burrito.  

Check out the full menu here. 

5. Taqueria el Flaco

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And then there's Taqueria el Flaco, a La Sierra favorite with 4.5 stars out of 114 reviews. Stop by 4080 Tyler St., Suite B to hit up the Mexican spot next time you're looking to satisfy your cravings on a budget.

Yelpers recommend stopping by Tuesday or Friday for taco specials. On Monday and Wednesday, grab a burrito or torta for under five dollars. Other budget-friendly options include the lunch combos, which come with quesadillas or tacos with rice, beans and a drink. Don't forget about the weekend menu, which includes new items like pozole and menudo.


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