The burrito is America's Mexican food, and here in Phoenix, we're lucky to have some of the nation's best -- fresh, flavorful, and more often than not, fearsome in size. Check out our list of 10 burritos that remind you why you choose to live in Arizona.
Chicken burrito at Asadero Norte de Sonora The chicken burrito at Asadero Norte de Sonora is refreshing on every level. First, there's the way in which your burrito is served, following a complimentary cup of frijoles a la charra as well as chips and salsa. Then there's the burrito itself, which is 100 percent fresh -- green guacamole, crisp cabbage, light sauce, and chopped rotisserie chicken with the skin on. Contrary to most garnishments, the cucumber slices, radishes, lime, and grilled jalapeño accompanying your burrito actually complement the dish rather than simply offer up aesthetic. But the most refreshing thing of all about this burrito turned multi-course meal? It's only $5. Five.
Carne Adovada Burrito at Los Dos Molinos There's a reason why Los Dos Molinos has the motto "Some Like It Hot." Nearly everything on the menu packs a serious punch, and the carne adovada burrito is certainly no exception. Red-sauce-drenched pork (you can opt for green if you like) is packed inside a thick tortilla smothered in more red sauce and cheese accompanied by refried beans and rice. It's the kind of burrito that requires a fork, a knife, and a bottomless pitcher of water (or maybe just a Kick Ass margarita).
Carne Asada Burrito at Asadero Toro Serious meat lovers would do well to visit the fairgrounds-facing fast food restaurant that is El Toro on West McDowell Road. The restaurant's carne asada burrito is a dish that's straight to the point. Inside a large flour tortilla, you'll find nothing but grilled beef -- no fillers, no sauces, just straight-up meat. What you do with your beef burrito is entirely up to you. El Torro offers an ample serve-yourself condiments bar complete with a variety of salsas, peppers, freshly chopped vegetable garnishes, citrus, and more. And if you find all that meat in your burrito to be too straightforward, for an additional cost you easily add a side of rice or beans to your plate.
Breakfast Burrito at Downtown Phoenix Public Market Those who go to the Downtown Phoenix Public Market just to shop really aren't taking in the full experience. There are food trucks, yes. Samples, of course. But have you ever tried Mi Salsa's freshly grilled breakfast burritos? A hearty helping of chorizo, eggs, potatoes, cheese, beans and your choice of salsa -- Mi Salsa's breakfast burritos are just the fuel you need to power through your farmers market excursions. Find the stand in the heart of the market and treat yourself to the most important meal of the day.
Arizona Burrito at Barrio Queen Tequileria Serious foodies have long argued over what Arizona's official state dish should be. The chimichanga? The Sonoran hot dog? Look, we're not here to take sides (so to speak, since salsa would be a great idea) but we are willing to mention a serious contender, the Arizona Burrito at Barrio Queen. The Scottsdale sister restaurant of Phoenix's Barrio Cafe serves up a pork green chili burrito enchilada style, topped with grated quesillo cheese, salsa verde, crema fresca, and cilantro. It's a burrito that any state would be proud to claim as its own.
Green Chile Burrito at Rito's Despite the lack of space, signage, or advertising, the green chili burro at Rito's is practically a legend in Downtown Phoenix. Green chili-loving folk line up out the door at this lunch-only burrito bungalow, and it's no wonder why. A light flour tortilla contrasts nicely with the tender pork and spicy green chili sauce that inevitably spills its way out after the first bite. If you really want to outdo yourself, you can order the green chili burrito enchilada style, but prepared for a serious food coma later.
Bean and Cheese Burrito at Carolina's Let's be honest right off the bat, the tortillas at Carolina's are where the magic really happens. Not to say that contents of their burritos aren't good, they're downright drool-worthy but the house-made tortillas have been Carolina's claim to fame, year after year, after year. The nice thing about ordering a simple bean and cheese burrito here is that you have nothing to overpower the much deserved tasting of their blanket sized flour casing.
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Red Chili Burrito at Comedor Guadalajara We'll admit that El Comedor Guadalara keeps some strange hours (breakfast and lunch only Monday and Tuesday, and dinner ends at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday). But the ample portions and ample flavor are well worth moving your schedule around. Case in point, the red chili burrito enchilada style. Tear open what visible parts of tortilla remain underneath your melted cheese and enchilada sauce and watch as the flood gates open. Thick chunks of marinated beef swimming in a red chili sauce pour out onto your plate and mix with everything your plate holds dear -- tortilla, beans, rice. It's like a natural disaster -- in a delicious way.
Chicken Burrito with Red or Green Sauce at Los Taquitos Grill Don't let the name fool you. The wow-factor of the food menu isn't limited only to the tacos at Los Taquitos. Their burritos are just as fresh and flavor-packed as the rest of the food in the kitchen. Take the chicken burrito for example: beans, chicken, onions, and cilantro wrapped up in a warm, grilled flour tortilla. For added taste, pour on either the spicy green or red salsas -- but be warned, customers within earshot will definitely hear whatever noises you make when you take that first bite.
Carne Asada Burrito at La Frontera Comida Mexicana Unlike some of the others on this list, the carne asada burrito at Frontera Comida Mexicana doesn't come from a brick and mortar restaurant but rather a food truck on 16th Street and Van Buren. The mobile burrito features Sonoran-style marinated steak, sweet, smoky, and tender with a citrus marinade. This beef carries so much flavor that it stands on its own, without the addition of beans or rice. The burrito is topped with fresh cilantro and onions and can also be dressed up with hot sauce and guacamole at your taste buds' discretion.