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Not All Burritos Are The Same! Here Are 15 Varieties You Should Try ASAP

Burritos are the best food, we all know it so let’s just admit it. They are portable, all wrapped up in their tortilla, pack a ton of flavor, and are downright delicious. It’s no surprise cooks and chefs around the country are always putting their own spin on this cylinder of flavor. For some, a burrito is a very specific combination of foods, flavors, and textures.  But to others, burritos are anything wrapped in a tortilla. We’ve got it all here-  traditional styles and new school rule breakers. We’ve picked out breakfast, fusion, vegan, Indian inspired, Buffalo wing, Korean inspired, and even a couple traditional burritos. Quite a few of these burritos were found in unexpected places, so pack your bags, grab a friend (or your dog), and hit the road because we have put together a list of 15 burritos you’ll be drooling over by the time you finish reading.

The Breakfast Burrito

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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Well, starting your day, and our list, is Lucy’s Drive In in Los Angeles, CA. The breakfast burrito is where it’s at here. Fluffy egg, crispy bacon, melty cheese, and potato hash browns right in the mix. Just peel back the foil, and enjoy!

The Buffalo Chicken Burrito

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Lover of Buffalo wings? Then you have got to try the Big Willie Style from Lloyd Taco Factory, in Buffalo, New York. It is a flour tortilla, fried chicken, hot sauce, blue cheese dressing (no ranch dressing here), lettuce, tomato, and onion. It’s like a Buffalo chicken finger sub rolled up in a tortilla.

The Spicy Pork Burrito

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The Kimchi Grill in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of New York City, is serving up a fusion of flavors in a flour tortilla. Famous for their Korean BBQ taco truck you can grab their tasty fare on the road or at the grill. Check out the spicy pork burrito with a healthy serving of tangy and savory kimchi wrapped inside.

The Vegan Burrito

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A shout out to our vegan friends- you can have your burrito and eat it too… beachside! In Coconut Grove, Florida you’ll find a ton of choices at Choices Café. Try the Insane Mex with soy chorizo, quinoa, black beans, plantains, onions, pico de gallo, and cashew cheese.   Not feeling the chorizo? Try the Mental Lentil for another filling meal!

The Indian-Inspired Burrito

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Even in the thin mountain air of Denver you can find delicious scratch made burritos. Try the #8 at Scratch Burrito. This burrito is a happy marriage of your favorite Indian flavors and the convenience of a portable burrito. Boasting tandoori lamb, curried brown rice, dill pickle salad, cilantro raita, and crispy onions working together to make a warm, spicy, burrito you have to try!

The Pastrami Burrito

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Oki’s Dog in Los Angeles brings us another big twist on a burrito- a pastrami burrito. It’s packed with smoked beef, cabbage and melty, gooey, cheese. You’ll probably need extra napkins but this burrito is big enough to share.

The So-Cal Baja Fish Burrito

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The Essex Taquiera is bringing So-Cal Baja style fish burritos back east to New York City. This pescado burrito is ready to break its shell with all the flavors packed inside.  It’s stuffed with grilled fish, rice, black beans, cilantro, cheese, green sauce, and red sauce on the side.

The Surf And Turf Burrito

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Feeling Fancy? Try the Surf and Turf burrito from Lucha Libre in San Diego, CA.  Like a New Years’ Eve dinner, this burrito brings land and sea together with grilled steak and lime marinated shrimp.  Add in the avocado and you’d think this burrito was perfect. But wait- there’s more ! Slide in the fresh french fries and top with pico de gallo to make this burrito a feelin’ fancy (without a fancy budget) meal that will keep you full for hours.

The Carne Asada Burrito

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Champaign, Illinois might not be the first place you think of for authentic Mexican, but it is the home of Maize Mexican Grill. Owned by a native of Mexico City, everything is homemade from scratch. Carne asada is the burrito to get here. The authentic flavors of the carne really shine in this burrito.  Plenty of grilled steak and flavor fill this traditional burrito.

The Baby Burrito

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Taco Chuki’s in Seattle, Washington is the home of the baby burrito. That’s right the “baby” burrito. Tired of giant stuffed burritos that make you commit to just one filling? Order a few baby burritos and try several types! Besides, have you ever seen a cuter burrito?

The Bean And Cheese Burrito

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Al and Bea’s burritos are LA famous and with good reason. This not so hidden gem has been serving up burritos in Los Angeles since 1966. The bean and cheese burrito is served “wet” with a smokey red sauce. It’s packed with hearty beans, melty, gooey cheese, and is so flavorful! It’s so packed, many suggest to double wrap your burrito with an extra tortilla just to prevent an explosion!

The Hawaiian Burrito

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Island breezes and ocean sounds, what more could you want? A burrito, of course! Kono’s North Shore is a Hawaiian burrito paradise. Before you hit the beach, fill up with this tasty take on a breakfast burrito.  Even though you’re probably sleeping while it’s roasting, don’t sleep on the Chun’s bomber burrito. The kalua pork in this burrito roasts for 12 hours, then it’s topped with fluffy egg, breakfast potatoes, and cheese so this bomber is exploding with flavor.

The Chicken Fattie Burrito

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The good times are rolling at Rollin’ Fatties in New Orleans with this taco truck. Rollin’ Fatties is the name of the taco truck but also an accurate description of these burritos- they are all nearly bursting at the seams with fillings and flavor. Try the chicken fattie with black beans, tangy red cabbage, and chipotle cream.

Up in Maine, where they are known for lobster, burritos are no exception. El Frijoles is home to the spicy lobster burrito. Sautéed in achiote chili butter and wrapped up with rice, beans, cheese, salsa, and crema this burrito is bringing new meaning to the term “lobster roll.”

From west coast to east coast and everywhere in between, people are making beautiful burritos with seafood, tofu, steak, and beans. There’s no limit to the possibilities of a meal when it’s wrapped in a tortilla!

People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

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People Have A Lot Of Opinions About The Argentina Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Street Food: Latin America’

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Netflix has a new food show out and it has everyone buzzing. “Street Food: Latin America” is bringing everyone the sabor of Latin America to their living room. However, reviews are mixed because of Argentina and the lack of Central American representation.

Netflix has a new show and it is all about Latin American street food.

Some of the best food in the world comes from Latin America. That is just a fact and it isn’t because our families and community come for Latin America. Okay, maybe just a little. The food of Latin America comes with history and stories that have shaped our childhood. For many of us, it is the only thing we have that connects us to the lands our families have left.

The show is highlighting the contributions of women to street food.

“Street Food: Latin America” focuses mainly on the women that are leading the street food cultures in different countries in Latin America. For some of them, it was a chance to bring themselves out of poverty and care for their children. For others, it was a rebellion against the male-dominated culture of cooking in Latin America.

However, some people have some strong opinions about the show and they aren’t good.

There is a lot of attention to native communities in the Latino community culturally right now. The Argentina episode where someone claims that Argentina is more European is rubbing people the wrong way right now. While the native population of Argentina is small, it is still important to highlight and honor native communities who are indigenous to the lands.

The disregard for the indigenous community is upsetting because indigenous Argentinians are fighting for their lives and land.

An A Jazeera report focused on an indigenous community in northern Argentina who were fighting to protect their land. After decades of discrimination and humiliation, members of the Wichi community fought to protect their land from the Argentinian government grabbing it in 2017. Early this year, before Covid, children of the tribe started to die at alarming rates of malnutrition.

Another pain point in the Latino community is the complete disregard of Central America.

Central America includes Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Belize, and Panama. Central America’s exclusion is not sitting right with Netflix users with Central American heritage. Like, how can five whole countries be looked over during a Netflix show about street food in Latin America?

Seems like there is a chance for Netflix to revisit Latin America for more food content.

There are so many countries in Latin America that offer delicious foods to the world. There is more to Latin America than Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, and Bolivia.

READ: This Iconic Mexican Food Won The Twitter Battle To Be Named Latin America’s Best Street Food

#NationalTequilaDay Gives You Something To Celebrate While Sitting In Your Living Room

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#NationalTequilaDay Gives You Something To Celebrate While Sitting In Your Living Room

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Even when we aren’t in quarantine, tequila can offer a quick and fun respite from the world. Today is National Tequila Day and the current state of the world is a great reason to celebrate. There is more than just the drinking of tequila to celebrate.

Happy National Tequila Day!

Tequila is arguably one of the several gifts Mexico has given to the world. It is just one of the many culinary treats that the vibrant and beautiful country has created. Makes sense that we would have a national do to truly appreciate the nectar from the Mexican gods.

Women had a major hand in developing the liquor that has become a staple around the world.

Women were some of the first to cultivate the blue agave plant center to create the drink. The women on Tequila, where tequila was born, would harvest the hijuelos in the blue agave plant. That part of the plant is what is used to make tequila.

Tequila, like champagne, is from a very specific place.

Champagne is champagne if it comes from the Champagne region of France. Tequila is no different. In fact, there is a board of people in Mexico who decide who can and cannot call themselves tequila. Elon Musk was swatted down by that board when he claimed to be making his own version of tequila produced outside of the region.

If you’ve ever wanted to know the chemistry behind tequila, there are some helpful graphs floating around.

The treatment of the tequila really dictates the flavor, color, and profile of the drink. it might even help you discover what kind of tequila you might like to drink. Maybe you might prefer a mezcal instead. Mezcal is not always tequila but tequila is always mezcal.

Either way, enjoy your day celebrating tequila.

With so few options for outing, why not make your own tequila celebration happen at home. You won’t have to drive or put on pants so it is truly a win-win.

READ: 14 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Tequila Right Now