These Are the Best Restaurants in Austin for Chips and Salsa

One of the best parts of going to a Mexican restaurant and one that might make or break your experience is the CHIPS AND SALSA! Yes, you heard that right. That just-right hint of salt. That delicious tomato-tortilla chip contrast. And that satisfying crunch. That’s only ONE of the reasons we enjoy Mexican restaurants. Below, we’ve curated a list of the best restaurant for chips and salsa in Austin. 

Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage

3120 Palm Way #170, Austin, TX 78758

If you like smokey, chipotle-style salsa with big bold flavor in every bite your tastebuds will go gaga at Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage! The salsa is made fresh daily in-house and the sweet and smokey combo comes from our unique method of “charring” the tomatoes before blending them with chipotle peppers and green and red jalapeños. Be ready for chips you can’t put down and a smokey kick of heat. Pair it with their wicked strong jumbo margaritas and you have the perfect pre-meal treat!


360 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

The salsa bar at Polvo’s offers three different sauces ranging from mild to HOT HOT HOT. Unexpected surprises, like the delicious pickled carrots (who knew!), add some unexpected flavors to the traditional chips and salsa combo that we found especially addicting!

Salsa Limón

3001 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

Salsa Limón is a family restaurant, a genuinely owned and operated Mexican family joint. And as the name suggests and if you’re interested in exploring the different flavors of salsa, this place is for you! In addition to the “traditional” chips and salsa, they have freshly made salsa made from scratch. You can choose between TOMATILLO (charred Jalapeño salsa. The mildest salsa. Great on eggs, great on chips, great with crema),  JALAPEÑO (slightly more spice and the best), PIQUIN (a taqueria classic. It’s the perfect pair to pastor and barbacoa), and HABANERO (Mexican-grade hot, but it’ll always keep you coming back for more).

Bouldin Creek Cafe

1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Bouldin Creek makes everything from scratch, and many of its items are Vegan. All of them are full of natural, organic, and pure ingredients. As far as healthy splurges go, you can feel the best about this one. The Non-GMO Chips and House-Made Salsa make it so you know exactly what you’re eating. No hidden ingredients or preservatives leave plenty of room for pure FLAVOR.


301 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Tacodeli thrives on offering alternatives different than what you expect, and this includes things like letting you make your own tacos! The chips and salsa experience will likely be just as satisfying! The chips are 100% organic masa served with four different salsas in varying spiciness to try (Verde, Roja, Dona, Habanero).


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