2016 Taco Tour · East Central Iowa · Iowa Food

Hecho En Iowa-A Search for the Best Hometown Tacos: Locale 3, Iowa City

A trip to Hollywood BLVD leads to El Paso. Stop trying to make geographical sense of this and just get to Iowa City. Pronto!

Iowa City, IA: Johnson County

The Gods of tacos have blessed many regions and we keep finding their spoils right here in Iowa. We were seeking delicious tacos, but we narrowed down our craving to one of the most unique cuts of beef and a true comfort food to thousands of taco consumers. Tres tripas tacos por favor. Join Team Goodvin as we swallow this tripe at the Iowa City Taqueria of El Paso!

Tripas weren’t the only selection on the menu so we ordered a trinity of lengua (beef tongue, and my personal all-time favorite taco filler), Carne Asada (Marinated beef flank steak), and a chicken taco to even things out.

The cilantro lovers of the world will absolutely love El Paso in Iowa City. Our tacos were generously accompanied by this classic herb and freshly diced white onion. El Paso provided some fiery house-made salsa and provided a wide range of hot sauces on their tables. Run the gambit and see what sauce you prefer. If you don’t try them all…Order more tacos!

The very taco we came for. All hail, tripas!


When your stomach rumbles, why not fill it with stomach. That’s just how I was raised. Tripas or tripe, is just that. The intentional track that all mammals have and when prepared correctly, they can be very tasty. Not all establishments can boast about their cooking technique when it comes to this organ, but El Paso has got the skills to make the tripas terrifically tasty. Fresh ingredients, plenty of flavor, and a home cooked feeling. That’s how you taqueria, amigos!

Be sure to read about our other taco discoveries in the communities of  Albia, BettendorfColumbus JunctionCoralvilleDavenport, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Iowa CityKalona, KnoxvilleLamoni, MuscatineNorth Liberty, OttumwaSolonStorm LakeTamaTipton, Toledo, Wapello, WashingtonWaterloo, West BranchWest Liberty, and Winfield. One of these towns will be awarded Best Hometown Tacos in December of 2016!

Thanks for reading! -Team Goodvin


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