Tasty Tacos

6326 Mills Civic Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA

2401 S.E. Delaware Avenue
Ankeny, IA

8549 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA

5847 S.E. 14th
Des Moines, IA

2900 E.Euclid
Des Moines, IA

1418 E.Grand
Des Moines, IA

Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm all Locations

So I haven’t done a review in a while because I’ve been stuck in Des Moines, Iowa the last 6 months. I really didn’t think there was anything to eat and review for the website…until recently. After a night of drinking at the bars with some locals they pointed me to a local favorite called Tasty Taco. I made my way there that same night and ordered the recommended chicken taco and steak taco with the flour tortilla as well as a side of Tasty Tots (tater tots with Johnny’s Seasoning). The total came out to under $10 after tax.

Both the flour tacos came in the same deep-fried tortilla and topped pretty much the same lettuce, cheese, and bean. Very reminiscent of a Taco Bell chalupa of some sort. Both meats were delicious so you can’t really go wrong with either but the steak was my favorite out of the two. The steak contained meat that’s been cooked up and diced up into tinny bits similar to how the meat in Philly cheese steaks are made. They even tasted very similar to the Phillies because of the seasoning in the steak and mound of cheese they throw in these bad boys.

As for the the tater tots, nothing special about them (except for the Johnny’s Seasoning salt) but props for having Tater Tots in the first place. There’s also a lot of other side items like fried poppers, chicken, and mushrooms which I hope to try in my next couple of visits here.

Also, make sure you get the extra hot sauce, it’s about 30 cents for 3 ounces (if you are getting it to go) that’s all you really going to need for two tacos. The hot sauce is more of a salsa but it adds a nice extra little kick to the greasy taco.

So all in all, if you ever find yourself in the Des Moines area this is a must hit spot. There’s a few locations around the city I went to the newest one in West Des Moines. Supposedly they’ve been around for over 50 years so that has to say something there.

Update 1:
Since writing this initial review of the place I decided to come back and try the flour tortilla side by side with the corn tortilla. I ordered them both with the steak and added hot sauce to both of them. My conclusion is pretty much what I expected…anything fried is going to be better but the corn is a good alternative if you are looking to avoid all that greasy mess.

Update 2:
Tried the original today. It came with seasoned ground beef you would normally see in tacos. It was on par with the chicken but steak still hold the gold medal.

West Des Moines Location:
Yelp – 3.5/5.0 Stars (7 Ratings)
Urbanspoon – Not available

Ankeny Location:
Yelp – 3.5/5.0 Stars (12 Ratings)
Tasty Tacos on Urbanspoon

Urbandale Location:
Yelp – 4.0/5.0 Stars (37 Ratings)
Tasty Tacos on Urbanspoon

Des Moines – 14th St Location:
Yelp – 3.5/5.0 Stars (13 Ratings)
Tasty Tacos on Urbanspoon

Des Moines – Euclid Ave Location:
Yelp – 4.0/5.0 Stars (7 Ratings)
Tasty Tacos on Urbanspoon

Des Moines – Grand Ave Location:
Yelp – 4.0/5.0 Stars (34 Ratings)
Tasty Tacos on Urbanspoon