Because we all find ourselves trying to stretch a dollar at one point or another, here are five places to get a delicious, but cheap meal in El Paso.


Rafa's Burritos
1831 Montana
1580 George Dieter

The restaurant is small and on the divey side, but the food is relatively inexpensive and the burritos as long as your arm.

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Kiki's Mexican Restaurant
2719 N. Piedras

Daily lunch specials under 6 bucks makes a visit to this El Paso institution a weekly must. Specials include rice, beans and all the chips and salsa you can handle.

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Peking Express
2900 N Mesa

If time isn’t on your side and lunch has to be fast and flavorful, this Chinese restaurant will more than adequately fill your needs. Lunch specials cost around $6-7 for an entree, choice of white or fried rice, choice of soup, egg roll and tea.


Papa Burger
2519 N. Piedras
1023 E. Yandell
10100 North Loop
2066 Wedgewood Dr

Handmade, old school burgers light on the wallet. You can get a hamburger basket with fries and a drink for about 7 bucks. And as an added bonus, the burgers are so good, this place makes local Best Of lists time and again.

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Chico's Tacos
3401 Dyer
4230 Alameda
1365 George Diete
11381 Montwood

How could any list of good cheap food not include this legendary establishment? Three rolled flauta-like tacos swimming in a tomato soup-like sauce, topped with shredded cheese in a paper tray. And inexpensive enough that even on a budget you can be a baller and make it a double order.