Denver’s Top Tacos and Tequila Cocktails are Back to Defend their Titles at Top Taco 2023

BY Gabriela Reyes


Being crowned a winner at Top Taco is no easy feat. In 2022, there were 76 taco entries across four competitions and 37 cocktail entries, all vying to be winners in their respective categories. Competing dishes and/or drinks had to survive two rounds of voting from fellow Denver food & beverage professionals for Judge’s Choice and gain the most votes from Top Taco attendees for People’s Choice. 

Beyond being taco and cocktail voters, ticket holders enjoy dancing to bands playing on different stages, watching lucha libre wrestlers spar, and participating in fun and interactive activities. 2023’s VIP experience will be hosting the inaugural Mar y Tierra Taco Challenge, with eight restaurants creating surf and turf fare. Top Taco is a one-of-a-kind, fully sensory fiesta that is not to be missed. We invite you to join us for the eighth year, the first time, or anywhere between. The ticket launch is TODAY, TACO Tuesday, April 18. To hop on the early bird ticket prices, visit to grab yours for you and your fellow taco and tequila lovers. 

Coming in as reigning top tacos and cocktail, restaurants can feel the pressure of returning to defend their position. The following winners did not shy away from the challenge and will be competing in hopes of once again holding the title. Come sample award-winning tacos and cocktails in one night, vote for your favorite, and visit the competing restaurants throughout the year.

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Street Side Eats

Food Truck, Varying Location

Judge’s Choice Traditional Taco

Chile Con Quesadilla

227 N Main St, Brighton, CO 80601

Judge’s Choice Creative Taco

Mama Lolita’s

8181 Arista Pl Suite 150, Broomfield, CO 80021

Judge’s Choice Vegetarian Taco

Rosa Mexican Kitchen

14322 Lincoln St, Thornton, CO 80023

Judge’s Choice Signature Tequila Cocktail

RxR’s Texas Tacos & BBQ

1400 W Littleton Blvd, Littleton, CO 80120

Judge’s Choice VIP BBQ  Challenge

People’s Choice VIP BBQ  Challenge

Los Dos Potrillos

5 Colorado Locations

8251 S Holly St, Centennial, CO 80122

People’s Choice Traditional Taco

People’s Choice Vegetarian Taco

Gringo’s Tacos

Ball Arena, Coors Field, Empower Field, Red Rocks, Fiddlers Green

People’s Choice Creative Taco


Gabriela Reyes

Gaby has been part of the Denver/Boulder food scene since 2015 when she moved to Colorado. While gradually losing her ability to eat due to six years of misdiagnosed food allergies, she became fascinated with the culinary scene. Gaby, aka The Restaurant Encyclopedia, has been DiningOut’s restaurant coordinator for food festivals since 2017 and joined the editorial team in 2022.

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