You don’t have to go to San Diego to stuff your face with a California-style carne asada burrito. El Guzii gives you a taste of his hometown with this California burrito recipe that has three main ingredients: beef, cheese and french fries. Yes, FRENCH FRIES. No beans, no rice. That’s how they roll in San Diego. And it works. El Guzii shows you how to marinate your meat just right, how to make some fresh pico de gallo and which condiments will take your burrito to the next level. And remember, don’t go easy on the beef!
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.
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!
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 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.
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!
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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 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!
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We all know these National ______ Days come around from time to time, but none seem to have as many social-media-worthy moments as #NationalBurritoDay. I mean, do you even remember what life was like before the burrito emoji? ?
National Burrito Day is the perfect day to go out and enjoy yourself some wrapped up deliciousness.