Best Burritos in the Country

What could be better than your favorite protein, countless vegetables and a plethora of toppings all rolled up in a tortilla? From traditional burritos to vegetarian favorites and even sushi burritos, here are the top stops to seek out when on the road.

December 19, 2019
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Pica's Mexican Taqueria (Wyoming)

When you're visiting Jackson Hole for skiing or hiking, stopping at Pica's for outdoor-activity fuel is a must. The entire menu is worthy, but the burritos are the stars, especially thanks to the "wet burrito" offering: For $2 extra, any burrito can be made wet, meaning the kitchen adds romaine lettuce and smothers the burritos in a chipotle enchilada sauce, topped with Mexican cheese, salsa fresco and sour cream. Insider tip: The chicken tinga, upgraded to wet burrito, is a local favorite.

Mission Taco Joint (Missouri)

A vegan burrito? Don't knock it until you try it — at one of Mission Taco Joint's locations in St. Louis. The Cali Burrito is created with "addictive" taco-spiced Vegan Impossible Burger ground meat, smashed black beans, lettuce, guacamole, vegan cheese and chile de arbol salsa and is wrapped perfectly in a wheat tortilla. The vegan creation hit the menu in December 2018, and by summer 2019 more than 4,000 Cali Burritos had been purchased and consumed.

Café Corazon (Wisconsin)

George and Wendy Mireles opened Café Corazon in Milwaukee in 2009 with the intention of making sure everyone was able to enjoy a stellar burrito to their liking. With three locations under their belt, their burrito creations and other specialties continue to satisfy hungry diners, and the spot continues to rack up awards. The Corazon Burrito, stuffed with fresh, local ingredients and completely customizable, is a top-rated order. Order it "wet" to be smothered in red enchilada sauce, melted cheese and lime cilantro crema. Everything from the meat to the produce is locally sourced, from Wendy's family farm, other area farms and the cafe's very own urban garden.

The Taco Stand (Florida)

The Taco Stand, in Miami, is all about serving Mexican classics with a touch of Cali. The California burrito is no exception to this rule and is deliciously filled with flame-grilled Angus steak, cheese, guacamole, tomato, salsa and fries. All of the burritos are out of this world, so you really can't choose wrong — but it would be wise to add an order of Rosarito-style churros to end the meal.

Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar (New York)

Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar has several locations scattered across the United States, but hungry Brooklynites will be the first to say that the Brooklyn location is a safe bet for when burrito cravings hit hard. A fan favorite, the Wet Burrito Con Rojo is stuffed with flavorful chicken, beef or pork, along with black beans, Cotija cheese, fragrant yellow rice, cilantro and salsa rojo.

Brewhemia (Iowa)

In Cedar Rapids, you can feast on the best breakfast burritos around at Brewhemia. The best part? You can customize the fillings to your liking to create the perfect bite. Start with a base of eggs, cheese and refried beans, and then choose from best-selling chorizo, sauteed vegetables, ham and potatoes — or be bold and add them all. The chef is originally from Mexico, so expect the housemade salsas meant for dunking to be standouts.

Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill (Connecticut)

"We honor the traditional flavors from New Mexico and proudly use many authentic ingredients, including black beans, pozole, corn, squash, chipotle chicken, cheese and toppings of orange-chimayo pepper and pepita-tomatillo mole sauces," says Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill's executive chef, Arturo Franco Camacho. The result is 100% Southwestern cuisine — even the chiles in the top-notch burritos are sourced from New Mexico. The chicken tinga burrito is as flavorful as it gets. It's filled with chipotle-braised chicken, black beans, avocado, posole, butternut squash and Oaxaca cheese, and topped with orange-honey mole and tomatillo-pepita sauces, Mexican crema and pico de gallo.

YoHo Hibachi & Sushi Burrito at Morgan Street Food Hall (North Carolina)

A newer addition to Raleigh's bustling Morgan Street Food Hall, YoHo Hibachi & Sushi Burrito brings a twist to lunchtime with sushi burritos. Nori sheets replace the traditional tortillas to envelop fun creations made from spicy crab, tuna and more, along with sticky sushi rice. Feeling daring? Dial it up with the spot's sought-after spicy wasabi sauce.

Jorge's Sombrero (Colorado)

Locally owned Jorge's Sombrero has been serving authentic Mexican food to the Pueblo community in Colorado for over 30 years now, so expect legit good burritos, as the locals take the cuisine very seriously. A Jorge's burrito entails a giant flour tortilla stuffed with beef or chicken, beans and cheese, but the standout bonus is that it's bathed in homemade Pueblo green chili stew with pork. Mild and hot versions are available, or get it half and half to hedge your bet. You won't forget this culinary gem topped off with sour cream and avocado.

Agave Mexican Restaurant (Delaware)

Spend a beautiful day exploring Lewes, Delaware, but don't forget to stop by Agave Mexican Restaurant for the Surf and Turf Burrito. It's a real treat, as it's created with all the finer things in life: shrimp, steak, rice, salsa, lettuce cheese, chipotle mayo and beans, all wrapped up in a flour tortilla. Sit back, relax, and pair it with one of the restaurant's 70 varieties of 100% agave tequila for the ultimate dining experience.

Home Team BBQ (South Carolina)

When burrito hunger strikes in Charleston, Home Team BBQ is the cure. For brunch (served at the Sullivan's Island and downtown Charleston locations only), it's all about the meat-centric breakfast burrito stuffed to the brim with scrambled eggs, chorizo, carnitas, black beans, tots, salsa verde, salsa roja, queso and pork cracklings. For lunch or dinner (all locations), the BBQ and burrito worlds collide with the famed BBQ burrito. It comes with all the deliciousness of both items: pulled pork or chicken, mashed potatoes, slaw, creamed corn, red BBQ and a flour tortilla. Serious barbecue fanatics can upgrade to brisket for a buck extra.

Jacky's Restaurant (South Dakota)

At Jacky's Restaurant in Sioux Falls, the Wet Burrito will satisfy your hunger within one bite. It's a giant flour tortilla chock-full of rice, beans and the protein of your choice (we strongly suggest al pastor or chorizo) that's appropriately drenched in green or red sauce and melted cheese and then garnished with lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream.

Estela's Fresh Mex (Iowa)

In Iowa City, locals turn to Estela's Fresh Mex for the The Buff, the ultimate breakfast burrito. Instead of a flour tortilla, an 8-inch pancake with maple syrup serves as the ideal burrito blanket, keeping eggs, cheese, bacon strips, potatoes and pico de gallo wrapped up tight. Traditional burritos such as the al pastor and chorizo options are also worthy of a mention. Tortillas, marinades and salsas are made fresh daily.

Kono's (Hawaii)

Before hitting the waves, fuel up at Kono's on Oahu with a Chun's Bomber breakfast burrito. You won't be disappointed, as the warm flour tortilla is stuffed with 12-hour slow-roasted Kalua pork, crispy bacon, cheese, eggs and potatoes, served alongside housemade salsa and a bevy of hot sauces. Make it "fully loaded" and take advantage of fresh avocado, sour cream and jalapenos. "The kalua pig is definitely the winning culprit that won the restaurant countless awards," says owner Stan Glander. "You cannot go wrong with quality food, but what truly makes Kono's special is the extra aloha service you get when you walk through the doors."

Chula Seafood (Arizona)

Chula Seafood, a popular family-owned supplier of house-smoked and fresh seafood to local restaurants, opened a restaurant alongside their fish market serving their own creations. The family takes seafood seriously — they even have their own fishing boat. All of their seafood is sustainably harvested or caught, and they use as much of the whole fish as possible. The heartiest option is the Uptown Burro, which can be stuffed with swordfish or shrimp, and heaves with rice, beans, salsa and lettuce.

Pancho's Mexican Restaurant (Nevada)

Looking for a burrito in Sin City? Hit Pancho's Mexican Restaurant for the Philly Burrito. Think savory strips of grilled flat iron steak, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and lots of oozy, melted cheeses, topped off with the most-perfect enchilada sauce around. Available on both lunch and dinner menus, this burrito-cheesesteak hybrid should be on your Las Vegas must-eat list.

Flaming Amy's (North Carolina)

Chances are if you bring up Wilmington, North Carolina, Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn will come up in conversation. The spicy Flaming Amy burrito is one of the most popular and is filled with chipotles, fresh jalapenos, green chiles, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, rice and beans. Burritos are obviously the standout here, but it's the fresh salsa bar that draws customers in time and time again. It offers nine salsa choices, including traditional tomato, black bean and corn, flaming hot, Asian cucumber, wasabi avocado, green tomatillo, chipotle tomatillo, ginger peach and pineapple jalapeno.

La Carreta Mexican Grill (Iowa)

Iowans pop into La Carreta Mexican Grill in Marshalltown for the savory, satisfying, best-selling California burrito. It's filled with grilled steak or chicken, avocado slices, black beans, cilantro lime rice and pico de gallo. "Everyone likes to have a place to think, to meditate and to eat a burrito," notes the chef. "You can never go wrong with a burrito — quick and ready to go with you wherever."

Bombay Frankie Company (California)

Mumbai's street food vendors have been selling their own version of a burrito — dubbed the Frankie — for years, and the Indian speciality has made its way to LA by way of this gas-station restaurant, Bombay Frankie Co. Behind a Chevron in West Los Angeles, you'll find Chef Kamaljit Singh at the helm of a clay tandoor, turning out tender, fluffy naan that become Frankie wrappers. Fragrant chicken tikka masala and other familiar Indian accompaniments (cumin-spiced jeera potatoes, pickled red onions and chickpea spread) go into the burrito, along with a refreshing raita, tamarind chutney and mint crema.

Sabor Latin Street Grill (North Carolina)

Sabor Latin Street Grill is one of Charlotte's most-hyped (and fastest-growing) fast-casual dining spots for many good reasons, one being the hefty Sabor Especial Burrito, weighing in at a whopping 1.28 pounds of goodness. Chock-full of your protein of choice, refried or black beans, sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole, lettuce and the spot's drinkable queso, the burrito has become so popular that local news outlet Charlotte Agenda named it one of the top five burritos in town. Another fan favorite is the El Dominicano burrito. "[It] has the basic ingredients found in the Dominican Republic, and we grill all the ingredients together — cabbage, onions, tomatoes, shredded chicken — and then we top it off with our signature Sabor rosada sauce," says Dalton Espaillat, CEO of the restaurant's parent company, Raydal Hospitality. "Once it's assembled, then it's pressed like a panini."

Big Mamma's Burritos (Ohio)

A staple in Athens, Ohio, Big Mamma's Burritos serves up a burrito so large that the owners claim they've taken the standard burrito and corrupted it with delicious, twisted ideas. The Chili Mamma, a soft flour tortilla stuffed with rice, hot sauce, sour cream, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and famous Skyline chili, is a hot commodity, but the Chipotle Ranch Mamma is the most-popular burrito. Think chicken, a delicious chipotle ranch sauce, cheese, rice, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Whatever you choose, you won't leave hungry.

Burrito Grill (Oklahoma)

Voted the Made In Oklahoma Coalition's 2016 Restaurant of the Year, Burrito Grill is a regular stop for Blanchard locals and visitors alike. Husband-and-wife duo Matt and Erin Cosby focus on fresh ingredients and produce, much of which is grown in their own orchard and garden. It includes peppers, tomatoes and peaches that are turned into vibrant salsas to accompany the popular burrito — which totals about a pound of made-to-order ingredients, in case you were wondering.

Seoul Taco (Missouri)

Korean and Mexican flavors come together at Seoul Taco. Diners choose from four proteins — bulgogi beef, spicy pork, chicken or tofu — that get encased in a flour tortilla with the usual burrito fixings of lettuce, cheese and sour cream. In another nod to Chef David Choi's Korean-American heritage, the mashup is packed with spicy kimchi fried rice and his top-secret Seoul Sauce.

MAD Social (Illinois)

At MAD Social in Chicago, weekend brunch is an opportune time to feast on the beloved, oversized breakfast burrito. Expect a flour tortilla filled with soft-scrambled eggs, black bean puree, pico de gallo, avocado, sour cream, napa cabbage and Chihuahua cheese. Chef Josue Salmeron's suggestion for meat lovers? "Add on both bacon and steak."

La Loma (Denver)

If burrito cravings hit when you're visiting Denver, head to La Loma immediately — and bring a hearty appetite. The burrito listed on the menu is actually two burritos, stuffed with either bean and cheese, shredded chicken, ground sirloin or brisket, then smothered with Colorado's famous green chili, red chili or enchilada sauce, and served with rice and beans. Upgrade to the Supreme version to add a dose of melted cheese, sour cream, lettuce, onions and tomatoes.

Antonio's Taco Shop (Nebraska)

Antonio's Taco Shop, in Scottsbluff, is home to some of the best burritos in the area. Customers rave about the burrito stuffed with steak, guacamole and pico de gallo, wrapped in a homemade tortilla. The secret? Fresh ingredients, made-from-scratch guacamole and an original pico de gallo recipe. Do yourself a favor and order a side of carne asada fries as well.

Asada (South Carolina)

Inspired by the Mission District of San Francisco, Asada's menu is influenced by Latin cuisine and is a popular stop in Greenville for mouthwatering burritos and much more. Each order of a Mission-style burrito is equipped with melted queso blanco, cilantro lime rice, cumin garlic black beans, pico de gallo and sour cream. As for the meat, well, that's a tough one — the carne asada, carnitas and chicken asada are all tempting choices.

Cafe Bueno (Maryland)

If you find yourself in Frederick, Maryland, mosey over to Cafe Bueno for one of the authentic Mexican burritos, which have won the spot countless awards. Meat, cheese, sour cream and beans are rolled in a large flour tortilla, topped with sauce and melted cheese, and served with rice and beans. There are countless different ways to enjoy a burrito here; no matter which you choose, you can be assured that the meat will be hand-cut, marinated in-house and cooked to perfection each time.

Mexicali Blue (New York)

The village of Wappingers Falls, New York (population 5,500), is home to Mexicali Blue — and its mouthwatering short-rib burrito. Not only is the meat house-butchered, but the ribs are cooked in Modelo Negra beer with fragrant herbs and spices for 7 to 8 hours. Accompanying the meat are rice, beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, a special coleslaw and an exclusive hot sauce that lends the dish a unique flavor. Everything is made fresh and in-house, for a burrito that's truly is a bite to remember.

Dos Rios Cantina (New York)

If you're in Binghamton, New York, run, don't walk, to Dos Rios Cantina to sink your teeth into the carnitas burrito. If the image alone doesn't entice you, its description will: a flour tortilla overstuffed with carnitas, house rice, pico de gallo, pickled shallot and lettuce. The most-awesome part? It's smothered in creamy queso.

ThoroughBread (Texas)

Craving something nontraditional but still super tasty? In the Zilker neighborhood of Austin, ThoroughBread has created a stuffed bread with the flavor profile of a burrito, aptly named a Burridough. Part kolache and part burrito, the savory creation can be ordered in avocado, egg and cheese; ham, egg and cheese; and brisket, egg and cheese. All are served with a side of homemade fire-roasted salsa. The catch? The brisket version is available only on Saturdays and Sundays, so plan accordingly.

Rolando's Restaurante (Arkansas)

If you stumble upon one of the three Rolando's Restaurante locations when traveling through Arkansas, hit the brakes and pop in for a hyped Popeye's Burrito. A flour tortilla is stuffed with fresh spinach sauteed in olive oil and garlic, chicken or pork is added for protein, and mouthwatering vegetables for flavor, and it's all topped off with an addictive Argentinian sauce, plus cheese and sour cream.

Red Iguana (Utah)

Red Iguana is such an icon in downtown Salt Lake City that the popular restaurant opened up Red Iguana 2, just down the street, to absorb the overflow. Regardless, there's always a wait — and the wait is always worth it once you sink your teeth into the city's best burrito. There are many burrito options (which all come in pairs, by the way), and all are superb, but the chile verde is a solid bet. Think housemade pork drenched in chile verde with the "killer" refried beans wrapped in a flour tortilla and smothered with additional chile verde — or change it up and request for it to be smothered in the delicious mole sauce instead.