For a while we’ve had our eyes on Changos Taqueria on Guadalupe, just north of the UT campus. We’ve passed by it many times and wondered if it was good.
The name “Changos” stood out to us because it means “monkey” in Spanish. So we finally made the voyage to Changos to eat some tacos with the monkeys.
One thing that stands out at Changos that many other Austin taco places aren’t doing is that they are taking a more “All Natural” approach.
Changos claims to have always had quality food, but now they are serving all natural meat and more local products. Also their paper products, and disposable silverware are biodegradable, eco-friendly and made from unbleached recycled materials, and they no longer use plastic bags.
Changos is also part of the Manuel’s restaurant family, so if you like their food, chances are you’ll like this place too.
The taco menu at Changos is simple but covers all the basics.
Your taco choices are Del Pueblo “from of the city” which comes with chicken or beef; Del Mar “from of the sea” which comes with mahi mahi or shrimp; Del Jardin “from the garden” which is vegetarian; and Al Pastor.
We chose the Del Pueblo taco, which came on a fresh CORN tortilla with chicken, guacamole, cilantro and salsa. You can also make your taco “Deluxe” for $.40 more, which includes lettuce, tomato and sour cream.
Try the horchata! With its subtle hints of cinnamon, this drink is very refreshing.
What Did El Taco Pollo Think?
4 out of 5 Tacos: Oh man are we glad that we stopped in for these tacos! First when we ordered we asked specifically for CORN tortillas. The guy at the register looked at me me like I was crazy for asking. At that point I knew these tacos were going to be good.
The CORN tortilla was fresh, and it was very large so it held the taco well. It had a light corn flavor and a soft texture. It was probably one of the best CORN tortillas I’ve had in a while—don’t tell my Abuelita I said that.
The chicken was very tender and fresh, or maybe I thought it was fresh because I just read on the menu that it was natural— either way it was good. The salsa had a nice kick to it, and the sour cream complimented it well. As for the vegetables, they were very crisp and flavorful.
Overall these tacos are put together very well. The combination of the authentic recipe, CORN tortilla, natural meat and fresh local ingredients make for a great taco. Not to mention the impressive efforts the restaurant makes to be green. This is a well thought out Taqueria. We recommend you come from all parts of Austin to try Changos Taqueria.
El Taco Pollo ~ Austin Taco Reviews