Just because you can’t get to Mexico this weekend doesn’t mean you have to deny yourself those great street tacos you’ve been craving, according to Karen Lizarraga, a Yuma native studying at the University of Arizona.
After a quick drive down South 12th Avenue you’re at Tacos Apson, a modest place that produces perhaps the best tacos in the Old Pueblo. It’s where Lizarraga goes when she gets homesick (or just hungry).
“I’m from Yuma and a lot of places are like [Tacos Apson] but when I moved to Tucson I couldn’t find a place similar,” she said. She worked in Congressman Raul Grijalva’s office and it was one of his associates who introduced her to Tacos Apson. “It was just nice to find a place that’s very similar to home.” Lizarraga said.
Lizarraga likes the taco chino, a taco filled with fried beans; carne asada tacos; and caramelos, a quesadilla filled with carne asada. However, there are many more fillings to choose from, including cabeza, birria, carnitas, lengua and, oddly, beef ribs, which is a bit of a specialty there. All are mighty delicious.
The ambience at Tacos Apson is casual. It’s really more like a covered stand, with counter seating inside and tables outside. It sits directly across the street from Pueblo Communication Arts Magnet High School and there’s plenty of street construction going on out front, but their authentic Mexican folded gems are worth the noise. The authentic tacos aren’t all that Lizarraga appreciates about the place.
“I really like the community that goes with it,” she said. “Everyone is very friendly—the workers, the boss—they make you feel welcome and the food is great.”
That is why Lizarraga loves where she eats.
3501 S. 12th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85713