Of all the Cheap Eats guides I've put together, this was easily the most personal. I've lived in Logan Square for the past five years, so I feel like I've amassed some serious first hand knowledge of the affordable options.
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There is beauty in the veggie taco. That was one of the many surprises uncovered during my two trips to Mexico. While meaty options were far more prevalent, vegetable fillings abounded, and they were often the most colorful and enticing option. I've been on the hunt for similar tacos in Chicago ever since.
Finding a great Mexican grocery store in Chicago requires little effort. Most neighborhoods seem to have at least one option, including many that have excellent taquerias tucked inside. But it's hard to find one as well stocked and brimming with hard to find ingredients as Carniceria Jimenez.
If you're like me, then your favorite cheap meal is kind of a guilty thing thing to admit. I'm not talking about the quick fast food burger, or the frozen meal that gets the job done. Instead, I'm after the soul-satisfying dinner that just happens to be $5 or less. If it were a dollar more, you probably wouldn't care, but the fact that it costs so little makes it all the more rewarding. Check out our staff picks for the best meals for $5 or less in Chicago.
Though most of the tacos I order featured fresh tortillas simply folded over a filling, I am not completely immune to the pleasures of tacos that have spent time in the deep fryer. That's especially true if we're talking about the potato tacos from Carneceria Jimenez.