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The Best Gluten-free Tacos in San Francisco's Mission District

Today is Cinco de Mayo, and we’re having a Nima fiesta! The Nima HQ is located near the historic Mission District of San Francisco. We’re surrounded by dozens of taquerias serving up some of the world’s best tacos and burritos. Since burritos are traditionally wrapped with flour tortillas and tacos are served on corn tortillas, we’re sticking to gluten-free tacos for our Nima fiesta today.

Gluten-Free Tacos of San Francisco

Nima Gluten-free Taco Crawl map San FranciscoWe selected six of our team’s favorite taquerias for a Nima gluten-free taco crawl. At each location, we ordered one chicken and one beef taco on a corn tortilla with salsa. (No beans or cheese to keep it simple.) For each test, we took a piece from both top and bottom of the tortilla, a piece of meat and a bit of the salsa.

Pancho Villa Taqueria

Gluten-free tacos at Pancho Villa San Francisco

Our first stop was Pancho Villa, which was very busy for the lunch rush, and frankly always a long line, with very fresh ingredients. However gluten found in both tacos. We suspect from the tortilla warmer.

Tacos at Pancho Villa in San Francisco

Taqueria La Cumbre

Gluten-free Tacos at Taqueria La Cumbre in San Francisco

The Mission-style burrito (Chipotle, Qdoba, etc) was invented at La Cumbre in the 60s (self-proclaimed). The tacos came up with a smile. We thought the meat was very juicy and flavorful – highly recommend!

Gluten-free Tacos at Taqueria La Cumbre in San Francisco

Tacolicious

Gluten-free Tacos Tacolicious San Francisco

More for a date than a quick bite, Tacolicious is a modern bar that serves up unique tacos. The achiote chicken had gluten, but the hanger steak was gluten-free. We also ordered the Taco of the Week, which had steak, bacon, chorizo, cheese, peppers – but unfortunately that tested positive for gluten as well.

Tacos at Tacolicious San Francisco

If you don’t want all the tacos on one plate to avoid cross-contact, make sure to ask.

Taqueria Cancun

Gluten-free Tacos Taqueria Cancun San Francisco

Taqueria Cancun is tucked in a small space with long benches to serve the late-night crowds. Both tacos came up as gluten-free!

Gluten-free tacos Taqueria Cancun San Francisco

La Taqueria

Gluten-free Tacos La Taqueria San FranciscoThe busiest and most crowded taqueria! La Taqueria was packed, even at off-peak hours. A mariachi player serenaded us while we waited for Nima results. These tacos are huge, so go with an empty tummy. The tacos were gluten-free!

El Farolito

Tacos at El Farolito San FranciscoEl Farolito is a favorite of Sho’s on the marketing team (who is not GF). Unfortunately, the tacos we tested contained gluten.

What’s your favorite taqueria? If you’re an SF local, did your favorite taqueria make our list? And for our nationwide community friends who may visit the Bay Area, make sure to give some of these historic locations a try. Share with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and post your taqueria testing results with #nimatested!

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