Quick Bite

El Ranchero Taqueria Offers Flavorful Fare with Homemade Feel

This Jersey City gem serves up delicious Mexican dishes at modest prices.

Beef birria tacos at El Ranchero Taqueria in Jersey City
Don't miss El Ranchero's beef birria tacos. Photo courtesy of El Ranchero Taqueria


Sombreros, piñatas, figurines, flags and serape tablecloths give the small space a lively Mexican vibe.


El Ranchero Taqueria may not get the same foot traffic as restaurants on the pedestrian plaza, but it’s worth the short walk. Offering recipes from Mexican towns and villages, it serves a flavorful variety of dishes with a homemade feel.


It’s so large that, blown up, it covers a whole wall. Beef birria tacos are sensational, with an accompanying stew for dipping. Guacamole is creamy and fresh. Also choose from tamales, chilaquiles, quesadillas, tortas, burritos, enchiladas, flautas, sopes, tostadas and nachos. Proteins include beef, chicken, pork, lamb and shrimp. Platters feature steak, fish, shrimp and chicken dishes in various preparations, including sizzling fajitas. Finish with crispy churros, made fresh and served hot.


El Ranchero Taqueria is right around the corner from White Eagle Hall. If you’re looking for a fast, delicious dinner before a concert, this humble restaurant is a better bet than some of the more crowded, expensive places nearby.

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