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8 Great Mexican Restaurants in Indianapolis, Indiana

Greater Indianapolis is lucky to have an abundance of great Mexican restaurants. Some are no more than local corner Mom and Pops (Mami y Papis?), some are chains and some are quite upscale, but you can find traditional, delicious Mexican food in almost any of them.

Below is a list of some of the best Mexican restaurants in Indianapolis and its immediate Central Indiana environs. You can click on the links to see detailed articles and photos about each individual Mexican restaurant.

Best Mexican Restaurants in Indianapolis, Indiana

Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy: Abuelo’s means Grandpa’s, and their high-class, traditional Mexican fare could very well come from Grandpa’s authentic Mexican recipe collection. The popular Indianapolis Mexican restaurant has branches in the nearby suburbs of Carmel and Zionsville, as well as in Indy. Be sure to try Abuelo’s fabulous fajitas and the house specialty, Crab-stuffed Chile Manzanillo.
Adobo Grill Restaurant: Here’s a worthwhile restaurant in downtown Indianapolis, famous for its all-around excellence in decor, service and Mexican cuisine. Fans swear by the house Ceviche Sampler and other specialties, such as the Shredded Duck with Mole, and everybody adores the house Margaritas.
Cancun Indy Mexican Restaurant: Oh-so-good and family operated, the Cancun Mexican Restaurant is renowned for its festive decor and wonderful Mexican food. Do not miss the Extreme Nachos, Carne Asada and Tortilla Soup. They also offer all kinds of Fajita choices and lots of favorite American dishes with a Mexican flair, such as the Salmon a la Cilantro Cream.
El Camino Real Mexican Restaurant: Reviews are almost always excellent for this friendly chain with branches in nearby Noblesville, Fishers and Camby, to name a few. People are particularly partial to the house Tacos, warm Chips with salsa and outstanding Margaritas.
El Meson Restaurant and Cantina: With four locations in greater Indianapolis, including Zionsville, Plainfield, Shelbyville and Greenwood, El Meson obviously has a widespread fan base in the Circle City area. Brightly decorated and intelligently run, El Meson Restaurant house specialties include their Chimichanga Acapulco, Camarones a la Diabla, Carnitas and Mexican Pizza. Tons of different combination plates to choose from too, and their cantina stays open till 3 am, or later on Salsa Night Saturdays.
El Reparo Mexican Restaurant: About 70 miles southeast of Indianapolis in tiny Rushville, Indiana, El Reparo nevertheless made it into our list of great Mexican restaurants in Indianapolis and its environs. The reason is that “The Rep” is considered by many to be one of the best Mexican restaurants north of the border. Be sure to try their Mango Margarita, should you choose to make this a fun day trip from Indianapolis.
El Torito Grill: This branch of an elite chain of Mexican restaurants is the only one in Indiana. It’s located inside the popular Fashion Mall at Keystone Crossing in northeast Indianapolis. Hungry shoppers love El Torito’s fabulous fusion specialties, such as their Filet Mignon Enchiladas, Lobster Quesadillas, Chipotle Barbecue Shrimp and Corn Enchiladas.
Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant: In Fishers, downtown Indianapolis and Speedway, the sector of Indy set aside for the world-famous Indianapolis 500-mile race, the Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant offers south-of-the-border spice and succulence seven days a week. You’ll enjoy their Shrimp Taco Salad and Nacho Fajitas, for example, and you can add shrimp, steak or chicken to make your own dish.

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