It’s National Taco Day. Here’s where to get free tacos, other deals

Oct. 4 is National Taco Day, and national and regional taco chains are marking this taco lovers’ fiesta with or specials.

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Al pastor tacos made at Los Takitos Taco Shop 

Al pastor tacos made at Los Takitos Taco Shop.

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This week, the day for taco deals is Friday.

Oct. 4 is National Taco Day, andnational and regional taco chains are marking this taco lovers’ fiestawith free tacos orspecials.

According to the made-up food holiday’s website,, Americans ate more than 4.5 billion tacos last year. The site estimates that’s490,000 miles of tacos and 775 million pounds.

It’s also National Vodka Day, but there are far fewer discounts for spirits.

Mexican restaurants and taco joints are expected to be busier than usual for a Friday, according to data from Womply, a small-business software provider.

“On National Taco Day, foot traffic to Mexican restaurants and taco shops is only slightly above average, so you shouldn’t have any trouble if you decide to get yourself a taco at your favorite local eatery,” Brad Plothow, Womply’s vice president of brand and communication, told USA TODAY.

National Taco Day freebies and deals

The following offers are available Friday unless otherwise noted. Always check with your closest location as offers and participation can vary. Somewill require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for emails.

Applebee’s:At locations operated by Doherty Enterprises in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey and New York, the Chicken Wonton Taco appetizer will be $1 Friday for dine-in only. Other franchise locations may have specials, too. Also through Oct. 31 at participating restaurants nationwide, get the $1 Vampire drink, a tiki rum punch served with a side of fangs.

Baja Fresh:Buy a taco at regular price Friday and get one free with a coupon that will be posted on therestaurant’s Facebook page.

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q:Get Bean & Cheese tacos for 75 cents Friday. Limit 10 per customer, while supplies last.

Bubbakoo’s Burritos:Get $1 tacos Friday, limit five per person, while supplies last.

Burger King:For a limited time, participating restaurants have $1 crispy tacos.

California Tortilla:Say “Taco-berfest” when placing an order Friday to receive a free taco with purchase. Get free delivery for a taco bar catering order when you mention the “Taco-berfest Catering” deal.

Chart House:The restaurantoffersa “hybrid holiday special” Friday in the bar and lounge. Choose from a shrimp, fish or prime rib taco paired with a Ketel One ‘tini for $10.

Chipotle Mexican Grill:Though there’s not a specific Taco Day deal, sign up for Chipotle Rewards,and after you make your first $5 purchase, get a free chips and guac reward.

Chronic Tacos:Get a free taco from 11 a.m. to2 p.m. Friday with code word “Taco Life.”

Chuy’s:Add a crispy beef taco to any entree for $1 Friday, limit two per person, and $1 floaters. If you visit the restaurant dressed up as a taco, earn a free entrée, redeemable the same day.

Del Taco:The chain has two separate offers available with the Del App Friday. Get a free Del Taco with any purchase through the app with a coupon, and get the plant-based Beyond Taco or Beyond Avocado Taco free with any app purchase. Download the app

El Fenix:Get $2 beef or chicken tacos when dining in Friday with a coupon that will be posted at

El Pollo Loco:This isn’t your typical Taco Day deal, but the chain has a companywide “Buy One, Feed Many” promotion Friday. For every Taco al Carbon sold, the Los Angeles-based company will donate a taco to the homeless.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop:The Baja-style taco restaurantcelebratesNational Taco Day eve Thursday with $1 select tacos. Friday, the brand will offer members of its rewards program a free select taco with taco purchase. Sign up

goPuff:Enter the code “gotaco” at checkout Friday to get $10 off an order of $18 or more.

Hurricane Grill & Wings:Buy one taco and two drinks Friday, get one free taco.

Jack in the Box:Get a free taco with any purchase Friday if you’re signed up for the chain’s e-club. Sign up

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant:Get one free beef or chicken taco Friday when dining in and requesting the Taco Day deal. Limit one free taco per customer, while supplies last. Through Oct. 31, the chain will have the Taco Gigante, a 2-pound, foot-long taco with a challenge. Finish the Gigante to win free tacos for a year.

On The Border:Get Endless Tacos for either $8.99 or $9.99 depending on your location Friday. For $2 more, get Southwest Chicken or Brisket Tacos. Check your location’s pricing on the events page at

Qdoba Mexican Eats:Rewards members get double points Friday. Sign up for the free loyalty program

Rubio’s Coastal Grill:Get any taco on the menu free with the purchase of a beverage Friday and a coupon available at

Taco Bell:The chain has a special “National Taco Day gift set” Friday. For $5, get four tacos –two Crunchy Tacos and two Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos, and you can order a gift card to cover the set Through Oct. 17, get a free bean burrito with mobile orders.

Taco Cabana:Get any breakfast taco, naked taco (chicken, steak or brisket with no toppings), shredded chicken taco or ground beef taco for $1 per taco Friday.

Taco John’s:Get a free Crispy Taco with the chain’s app Friday. Download it at

TacoTime:Get $1 Crisp Tacos Friday at participating locations.

Tijuana Flats:The chain is celebrating National Taco Day for three days. From Friday through Sunday, get two tacos, chips and a drink for $5.99. Fish and steak tacos are $1 extra. With the special, get a Mexican beer instead of a drink for $2 more.

Torchy’s Tacos:Restaurants with full bars will host all-day happy hours Friday with specials including $1.50 off draft and bottled beer and $2 off fresh-squeezed margaritas and signature sips.

Wahoo’s:Buy one taco, get one free Friday when you mention the Taco Day offer. Limit two free tacos per customer, and the special cannot be combined with any other offer.

Willy’s Mexicana Grill:The first 50 guests at participating locations to buy tacos will receive an envelope with a surprise coupon. Five random guests will get a Golden Taco Ticket with free food for a year.


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