Lafayette (and nearby areas) certainly has no shortage of Mexican restaurants. Per capita, the Lafayette area has more Mexican restaurants per square mile than most cities two to three the size. And there are new ones opening regularly. Most do a great job, after all, with all the competition you better know how to serve a great burrito and margarita. But let's face it, some Mexican restaurants in Lafayette and surrounding areas do a better job than others. So, which ones are the best?

In a 2022 online survey, Facebook users in the Acadiana area were asked which Mexican restaurant in Lafayette is the best overall. Taking into consideration authenticity (including Tex Mex), taste and price.

Here are the Top-Rated Mexican Restaurants in Lafayette (Acadiana)

#5 Blue Apache Mexican Restaurant (Youngsville)

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Blue Apache, Facebook
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If you're looking for authentic Mexican food, Blue Apache is just what your taste buds ordered. Not just delicious, but reasonably priced as well. From fajitas to burritos, Blue Apache will excite your palate without upsetting your wallet. Blue Apache is located at  905 Savoy Road, Youngsville, LA 70592. Call (337) 857-5155.

Blue Apache in Youngsville, hands down!!!!! -Tateese Denais

#4 El Potrillo Mexican Restaurant & Grill (Lafayette)

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El Potrillo, Facebook
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The folks in upper Lafayette have a fav when it comes to Mexican...El Potrillo Mexican Restaurant and Grill. No need to dress up, "come as you are" and relax. Quality, service, price and a relaxed atmosphere make El Potrillo one of the most trusted restaurants in all of Acadiana for a great Mexican meal time and time again. The fajitas & enchiladas are incredible!

El Potrillo on Moss. Great food very authentic and great service. -Bee Bee Landry

#3 El Paso (Lafayette)

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El Paso Mexican Grill, Facebook
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The first Lafayette Mexican restaurant to enter the Top 3 on our list of Top-Rated Mexican Restaurants in Lafayette is El Paso which has two locations in Lafayette. For date night, family night, business lunch or after-work happy hour, El Paso can handle it all. A frozen margarita from El Paso is sure to take the edge off your day or set the mood for a night on the town. Great food and fast friendly service. Cross the border at either Lafayette location of El Paso, 1809 W Pinhook Road or 3910 Ambassador Caffery Parkway. Call (337) 408-875 (Pinhook Road) or (337) 524-1824 (Ambassador Caffery Parkway).

El Paso on Pinhook is a favorite. -Laura Domingue

#2 Tampico's (Lafayette)

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Since 1971 Tampico's in Lafayette has been serving up nachos and salsa, flaming-hot fajitas, enchiladas and frozen margaritas to anyone wanting the taste of true Mexican cuisine. When you have a craving for something spicy and delicious, head to Tampico's any day of the week! Join in the fun at the bar with a cold margarita or take the family in for taco night. Tampico's is located at 5713 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503. Call ahead for reservations (337) 988-0102.

Tampico's all the way! -Patrice Saucier

#1 La Pagua Mexican Restaurant

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La Pagua Mexican Restaurant, Facebook
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On any given night, you'll find a ton of people "checking in" on social media from La Pagua in Time Plaza and there's a reason for that...it's so good! La Pagua tops the list of Top-Rated Mexican Restaurants in Lafayette. La Pagua claims to have the "best and most amazing margaritas and the best authentic Mexican and Salvadoran food in Lafayette". They must be doing something right, a relative newcomer to the Mexican scene in Lafayette, La Pagua is the most liked Mexican restaurant in our survey. See what all the fuss is about for yourself. Visit them at 5423 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503 or call (337) 988-1312.

Hands down La Pagua Mexican Restaurant is the absolute BEST!!! -Katie Balentour

Ironically, the sixth most popular Mexican restaurant on our list of Top-Rated Mexican Restaurants in Lafayette was Coyote Blues which hasn't been around for a few years now. Coyote Blues is still missed. La Hacienda fell in at #7 followed by Pedros Tacos & Tequila Bar (#8), Chuy's (#9) and La Fonda.

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