Tacos are the quintessential Mexican fare. Indeed, there are dozens of variations of tacos that every flavor preference can be satisfied, whether it’s the authentic Mexican palate or the fusion Tex-Mex taste. The trick is in tasting as many taco variations as you can so that you choose the best one that suits your individual preference.
Thousands of people have found the best tacos at Chronic Tacos, a fast casual chain of restaurants with authentic Mexican fare. The Taco Life, as the chain calls it, is its name for the relaxed atmosphere, tasty foods, and friendly service in each of its restaurants.
Below are the latest Chronic Tacos menu prices.
|Al Pastor Taco||$3.50|
|Carne Asada Taco||$3.75|
|Pollo Asado Taco||$3.50|
|Al Pastor Burrito (Regular)||$7.75|
|Al Pastor Burrito (Small)||$5.50|
|Carnitas Burrito (Regular)||$7.75|
|Carnitas Burrito (Small)||$5.50|
|Fish Burrito (Regular)||$9.75|
|Fish Burrito (Small)||$6.50|
|Veggie Burrito (Regular)||$7.25|
|Veggie Burrito (Small)||$5.25|
|Carne Asada Burrito (Regular)||$8.25|
|Carne Asada Burrito (Small)||$5.75|
|Pollo Asado Burrito (Regular)||$7.75|
|Pollo Asado Burrito (Small)||$5.50|
|Shrimp Burrito (Regular)||$9.75|
|Shrimp Burrito (Small)||$6.50|
|Surf & Turf Burrito (Regular)||$10.50|
|Bean and Cheese Burrito (Small)||$3.50|
|Al Pastor Bowl-Rito||$7.75|
|Carne Asada Bowl-Rito||$8.25|
|Pollo Asado Bowl-Rito||$7.75|
|Surf & Turf Bowl-Rito||$10.50|
|Al Pastor Tostada Bowl||$7.75|
|Carnitas Tostada Bowl||$7.75|
|Fish Tostada Bowl||$9.75|
|Veggie Tostada Bowl||$6.75|
|Carne Asada Tostada Bowl||$8.25|
|Pollo Asado Tostada Bowl||$7.75|
|Shrimp Tostada Bowl||$9.75|
|Surf & Turf Bowl||$10.50|
|Al Pastor Salad||$7.75|
|Carne Asada Salad||$8.25|
|Pollo Asado Salad||$7.75|
|Surf & Turf Salad||$10.50|
|Al Pastor Quesadilla||$7.75|
|Carne Asada Quesadilla||$8.25|
|Pollo Asado Quesadilla||$7.75|
|Al Pastor Torta||$7.75|
|Carne Asada Torta||$8.25|
|Pollo Asado Torta||$7.75|
|Al Pastor Nachos||$8.00|
|Carne Asada Nachos||$8.50|
|Pollo Asado Nachos||$8.00|
Chronic Fries & Tots
|Al Pastor Chronic Fries||$8.00|
|Carnitas Chronic Fries||$8.00|
|Fish Chronic Fries||$10.00|
|Veggie Chronic Fries||$7.50|
|Carne Asada Chronic Fries||$8.50|
|Pollo Asado Chronic Fries||$8.00|
|Shrimp Chronic Fries||$10.00|
|Al Pastor Chronic Tots||$8.00|
|Carnitas Chronic Tots||$8.00|
|Fish Chronic Tots||$10.00|
|Veggie Chronic Tots||$7.50|
|Carne Asada Chronic Tots||$8.50|
|Pollo Asado Chronic Tots||$8.00|
|Shrimp Chronic Tots||$10.00|
|Al Pastor California Burrito||$9.25|
|Carnitas California Burrito||$9.25|
|Fish California Burrito||$11.25|
|Veggie California Burrito||$7.75|
|Carne Asada California Burrito||$9.75|
|Pollo Asado California Burrito||$9.25|
|Shrimp California Burrito||$11.25|
Make it a Meal or Combo
Combo includes Chips, Salsa & Drink. Meal includes Rice, Beans, Chips, Salsa & Drink.
|Make it a Combo||$2.75|
|Make it a Meal||$3.75|
|Make it a Combo with Jarritos or Horchata||$3.25|
|Make it a Meal with Jarritos or Horchata||$4.25|
|Make it a Combo with Large Soda||$3.00|
|Make it a Meal with Large Soda||$4.00|
|Make it a Combo with Large Horchata||$3.75|
|Make it a Meal with Large Horchata||$4.75|
|Chorizo or Bacon Breakfast Burrito (Small)||$5.25|
|Chorizo or Bacon Breakfast Burrito (Regular)||$6.75|
|Veggie Breakfast Burrito (Small)||$5.00|
|Veggie Breakfast Burrito (Regular)||$6.50|
|Carne Asada Breakfast Burrito (Small)||$5.50|
|Carne Asada Breakfast Burrito (Regular)||$7.25|
|Chorizo or Bacon Breakfast Taco||$3.25|
|Veggie Breakfast Taco||$3.00|
|Carne Asada Breakfast Taco||$3.50|
|Chorizo or Bacon Breakfast Bowl||$6.75|
|Veggie Breakfast Bowl||$6.50|
|Carne Asada Breakfast Bowl||$7.25|
|Chorizo or Bacon Breakfast Quesadilla||$6.75|
|Veggie Breakfast Quesadilla||$6.50|
|Carne Breakfast Quesadilla||$7.25|
Sides & Extras
|Chips & Guacamole||$3.25|
|Chips & Salsa||$2.00|
|Bag of Chips||$1.50|
|Side of Sour Cream||$0.50|
|Side of Baja Sauce||$0.50|
|Guacamole (8 oz.)||$6.00|
|Guacamole (16 oz.)||$10.00|
|Side of Beans (8 oz.)||$1.50|
|Side of Beans (16 oz.)||$2.50|
|Side of Rice (8 oz.)||$1.50|
|Side of Rice (16 oz.)||$2.50|
|Side of Guacamole||$1.50|
Kids meal includes Chips & Drink.
|Kids Al Pastor Taco Combo||$4.75|
|Kids Carnitas Taco Combo||$4.75|
|Kids Carne Asada Taco Combo||$5.00|
|Kids Pollo Asado Taco Combo||$4.75|
|Kids Al Pastor Burrito Combo||$5.75|
|Kids Carnitas Burrito Combo||$5.75|
|Kids Carne Asada Burrito Combo||$6.00|
|Kids Pollo Asado Burrito Combo||$5.75|
|Kids Bean & Cheese Burrito Combo||$4.50|
|Kids Al Pastor Quesadilla Combo||$5.75|
|Kids Carnitas Quesadilla Combo||$5.75|
|Kids Carne Asada Quesadilla Combo||$6.00|
|Kids Pollo Asado Quesadilla Combo||$5.75|
|Kids Cheese Quesadilla Combo||$5.50|
|Jarritos, Horchata or Orange Whip (Small)||$2.75|
|Horchata or Orange Whip (Large)||$3.25|
Randy Wyner and Dan Biello founded Chronic Tacos in 2001. Both founders didn’t have experience in the restaurant industry but they were motivated by their passion for enjoying good tacos – and without biking far and wide for them, too. The first restaurant opened its doors to guests in 2002 in Newport Beach, California.
By April 2006, the duo along with Mike Biello formed Chronic Tacos Enterprises with the first franchise soon opening in San Clemente California. Today, there are more than 30 restaurants in California, North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Washington, and Alabama as well as in Canada.
In 2012, Calivan purchase a majority stake in Chronic Tacos.
What They’re Famous For
The chain prides itself on using third-generation recipes of burritos, tacos and enchiladas, among other fast casual Mexican foods. The portions are so generous that sharing between two diners is possible while the made-to-order menu can be customized. The main items also include bowl-ritos, burritos served in a bowl.
Why Eat Here
Keep in mind that Chronic Tacos is a fast casual restaurant chain so there are no waiter service. As in a fast-food, you line up at the counter, choose from the menu, and pay for your order, a process that can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending on the number of people in the line. You can then enjoy your food while seated at your table or eat it outside – the latter choice may be more sensible since most of the locations have a limited number of tables.
The chain takes both cash and credit card payments but not Android Pay and Apple Pay. The guests usually come here for lunch and dinner, even for snacks, since Mexican fare lends itself well to eating on the go (i.e., quick yet filling lunches). The packaging on takeout food also allows for easy disposal once you’re finished with your tacos or burritos.
The restaurants are also good places to bring kids and groups although the limited space can be an issue. If you’re the type who can compromise on the sit-in dining experience in favor of great food and drinks, then Chronic Tacos is a good place to be. The restaurants usually have a casual dress code and ambiance, usually with an average noise level from the crowd of diners and the television.
There’s no Wi-Fi connection but it’s a good thing. You and your group can focus on the food and each other’s company. You can take photos of the yummy food and upload it on social media later on.
Many of the restaurants also open well into the night, sometimes as late as near midnight. You should be able to satisfy your cravings for customized Mexican fare as a midnight snack.
Unlike many Tex-Mex and Mexican chains, guests can actually customize their orders, such as the kind of meats and fillings they want in their burritos. You can, for example, skip on the guacamole so that the tastes of the meat, vegetables and salsa shines through in every bite.
The bestsellers include the Burrito, a monster 13-inch tortilla with your choices in meats, rice and beans weighing as much as 5 pounds; the Breakfast Burritos, which can be served in either corn or flour tortillas stuffed with your choice in meats (e.g., chrorizo, bacon and machaca), potatoes, and eggs; Chronic Nachos, which are freshly made crispy tortilla chips served with your choice of meat, melted cheese, and beans. For a change from the standard fries, be sure to try the Chronic Fries consisting of nachos and fries.
The Chronic Salad can also be customized with your choice in toppings and dressing, such as jalapeno ranch, lime vinaigrette, and ranch dressing. The tortas, which are freshly made telera bread doused in refried beans and topped with your choice of meat, are yummy choices, too.
The servers are accommodating when diners want to customize their orders. Such a helpful attitude is a must considering that many diners change their minds at least once during the ordering process. You may want to make your choices in your head before lining up just to speed up your orders.
The regular guests are usually students, young professionals, and groups in search of a quick Mexican food fix. The mainly young crowd gives Chronic Tacos locations a dynamic vibe, which attracts more people to them at virtually all times of the year.
To learn more about Chronic Tacos or to find a location near you, visit their website at www.chronictacos.com.