Tightwad Tuesday Taqueria


In every city I’ve lived, I’ve always made a point to quickly locate the best nearby taqueria and promptly integrate it into my regular dining schedule. And by the best, I mean it has to be close to my house, fast, cheap and serve good food, of course. A great selection on the salsa bar doesn’t hurt either. Los Jarritos on Broadway not only meets my criteria, but exceeds it. 


Here’s why: I don’t think there’s anything on the menu that costs more than $5 – at least nothing I’ve ordered. That includes full entrees with rice and beans. Another plus is the generous sides of guacamole for 25 cents! I don’t know another place that offers guac for 25 cents – needless to say I always add a few to my order. Tortilla chips are free and the salsa bar offers plenty of choices. Finally, the employees at Los Jarritos are always friendly and orders come out fast – for dine-in or take-out. 

I’ve tried a number of menu items and my standby is the Super Veggie Burrito for $4.50. But on this particular occasion I went with a Chicken, Beans and Cheese quesadilla for about $3. All things considered, you really can’t go wrong with a quesadilla and this one was no exception.


My dining companion went with Tres Sopas for around $4 – another cheap and filling menu offering. But he raves about his usual order, a Torta with beef and pork carnitas, which is basically a Mexican sandwich. 

Los Jarritos has become my standby for those nights when the fridge is empty and I don’t want to travel very far. So if you’re in Land Park and looking for a cheap place to get a filling meal, I suggest you give Los Jarritos a try. 

Los Jarritos Mexican Food
2509 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 455-7911

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  • Julio | Feb 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Very good choice. I also live nearby(Curtis Park)which makes this a convenient location for fast good Mexican food at a great price.

  • Becky | Feb 25, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Liz, love the “Tightwad Tuesday” concept. I call St. Louis home. We have many Mexican joints with yummy and reasonable food, but nothing like Los Jarritos. You’re photography is making my mouth water… at 8 a.m. in the morning!

  • Brittany | Feb 25, 2009 at 10:53 am

    That guacamole looks delicious!

  • Adam | Feb 25, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I have probably eaten at Los Jarritos 15 times since I moved to Sacramento in August. I love how everything is so affordable and delicious. You must try the horchata, and if you prefer an adult beverage, they don’t gouge you on the beer prices.

  • Amy Jackson | Feb 25, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Now I want Mexican food for lunch!