Burrito Bucket List (Vol. 1): 20 Spots To Try In Tucson

Last modified on July 10th, 2018 at 9:21 am

It’s not hard to find a burrito in the Old Pueblo. However, it’s too easy to find a generic burrito indistinguishable from every other burrito.

Tucson is fortunate to be home to countless varieties of burritos ranging from meats preserved with methods passed on through generations to contemporary seafood burritos with Louisiana influences. We’ve selected some of our favorites for each type of filling so you have a helping hand starting out on your quest.

There were too many selections with sabor to include on this list for now, but we’ll revisit and expand this list as we continue our flavor adventure through Tucson. Also, many of these spots feature a variety of delicious and worthy burritos – don’t limit yourself to what we’ve opted for here.

Anita Street Market

849 North Anita Avenue
Red chile burro at Anita Street Market in Tucson, Ariz.

Red Chile Burro at Anita Street Market in Tucson, Ariz.

The legendary red chile burro at Anita Street Market will draw even world-class gourmands. It’s worth jumping into a shark tank for, but all it takes is a drive into a quaint neighborhood. It’s a simple delight with a complex taste of smoke, spice, and hints of sweet fruit. And it’s all made from scratch. While you’re in there, pick up a tub of their green salsa. Quite possibly the best in town.

Visit Anita Street Market on Facebook

The B Line

621 North 4th Avenue
Blackened mahi mahi burrito from B Line in Tucson, Ariz.

Blackened Mahi Mahi Burrito from The B Line in Tucson, Ariz.

Burritos and wine isn’t exactly orthodox, but do yourself a flavor favor and get a glass of Albariño with the blackened mahi mahi burrito at B Line. The mahi mahi takes the spice well with the Creole sauce, light slaw and rice. Paired with the bright apricot-scented Albariño you’ll be in awe of how peachy life is after this meal.

Visit blinerestaurant.com

Bam Bam

Food Truck
Tofu burrito from Bam Bam food truck in Tucson, Ariz.

Tofu burrito from Bam Bam food truck in Tucson, Ariz.

This adventurous meatless burrito is has everything nice from sugar to spice. A little funky kimchi too. It provides a unique savory backbone to this meal.

Visit Bam Bam on Facebook

Birrieria Guadalajara

304 East 22nd Street
Lengua burrito from Birrieria Guadalajara in Tucson, Ariz.

Lengua burrito from Birrieria Guadalajara in Tucson, Ariz.

Don’t be scared to try lengua, which is tongue. It won’t bite. You’ll be rewarded with succulent, fall-apart meat.

Visit Birrieria Guadalajara on Yelp

Calle Tepa

6151 East Broadway Boulevard
Chicken adobada burrito in Tucson, Ariz.

Chicken adobada burrito in Tucson, Ariz.

Enjoy the smokey, tangy, and subtly spicy chicken burrito at Calle Tepa. Their salsa bar is also top-notch — give their habanero-pineapple and jalapeño-mango salsas a try.

Visit calletepa.com

El Charro Café

311 North Court Avenue
Carne seca burro at El Charro on Court Avenue in Tucson, Ariz.

Carne seca burro at El Charro Café on Court Avenue in Tucson, Ariz.

Drying beef on your roof without professional guidance is not recommended. Let the experienced cooks at El Charro Café do it for you and enjoy their carne seca burro with a spritz of fresh lime.

Visit elcharrocafe.com

El Minuto Cafe

354 South Main Avenue
Carne asada burro from El Minuto Cafe in Tucson, Ariz.

Carne asada burro from El Minuto Cafe in Tucson, Ariz.

The beefy carne asada burro comes with the fixings on the side. While this may seem inconvenient at first, you might not finish the burro. Then you’ll realize you don’t have to worry about reheating pico de gallo. Cherish this.

Visit elminutotucson.com

Guadalajara Mexican Grill

4901 East Broadway Boulevard
Carnitas burro from Tucson, Ariz.

Carnitas burro from Tucson, Ariz.

Save flash frying for potatoes. Slow frying pork in lard will yield this tender-yet-slightly-crispy classic.

The pictured burrito above was from the food truck parked outside of the Guadalajara Mexican Grill while it was under construction, but it’s open now so you can enjoy this porky delight in the comfort of air conditioning.

Visit guadgrill.com

La Indita

622 North 4th Avenue
Bean burrito at La Indita in Tucson, Ariz.

Bean burro at La Indita in Tucson, Ariz.

Vegetarian refried beans makes choosing meatless simple at La Indita. They’re also one of the few places in town where you’ll find molé.

Visit lainditarestauranttucson.com

Maico Restaurant Mexican Food

835 E. 22nd St.
Carnitas Burrito from Maico Restaurant Mexican Food

Carnitas Burrito from Maico Restaurant Mexican Food

Maico might be the most well-built taco stand ever. Far from a cart, the permanent, free standing building with only outdoor seating features some of the best Mexican street food in town. Also recommended: Al Pastor and lengua. Also, the owner says that no one in town makes carnitas like he does.

Visit Maico on Facebook

Martin’s Comida Chingona

 557 North 4th Avenue
Chicken mole burro at Martin’s Comida Chingona in Tucson, Ariz.

Chicken mole burro at Martin’s Comida Chingona in Tucson, Ariz.

The earthy mole and soft ingredients benefit from the griddle-crisped tortilla exterior. Balance this with a tart glass of their house tamarindo. Funky hours sometimes, but well worth it when you can get it.

Visit Martin’s Comida Chingona on Facebook

Paco’s Mexican Food

5563 East Grant Road
Chorizo breakfast burrito in Tucson, Ariz.

Chorizo breakfast burrito in Tucson, Ariz.

Cheap, filling and delicious aren’t mutually exclusive at this east side joint. Their breakfast burritos are on point. The chorizo isn’t overwhelmingly greasy and the steak is surprisingly tender for being less than five dollars.

Visit Paco’s Mexican Food on Yelp

Poco & Mom’s Restaurant

1060 South Kolb Road
Machaca burrito with green sauce from Poco and Mom's in Tucson, Ariz.

Machaca burrito with green sauce from Poco and Mom’s Restaurant in Tucson, Ariz.

This juicy burrito demands a knife and fork. New Mexico flavor feels like home even if you’re not from there and the bountiful dish will stick to your ribs. Now available at two locations – the original South Kolb spot and a newer location at Sabino Canyon and Tanque Verde.

Visit pocoandmoms.com

Seis Kitchen & Catering

130 South Avenida del Convento #100
Steak burrito from Seis Kitchen and Catering in Tucson, Ariz.

Steak burrito from Seis Kitchen and Catering in Tucson, Ariz.

Skirt steak provides the beefiest satisfaction by a landslide with just the right balance of tenderness and chewiness. This Seis burrito comes with guacamole already, so you won’t waste any time deciding if you want to pay extra for avocado satisfaction. Located inside Mercado San Agustín.

Visit seiskitchen.com

St. Mary’s Mexican Food

1030 West Saint Mary’s Road
Red chile burrito from St. Mary's Mexican Food in Tucson, Ariz.

Red chile burrito from St. Mary’s Mexican Food in Tucson, Ariz.

Like a bear with honey, it’s easy to be tempted to dip your hand into a jar of red chile from St. Mary’s Mexican Food. But don’t be a savage. Eat it with their pillowy tortillas.

Visit St. Mary’s Mexican Food on Yelp.

Tania’s “33” Dos Mundos

614 N. Grande
Bacon, Egg, Cheese, and Potato Breakfast Burrito at Tania's "33" Dos Mundos

Bacon, Egg, Cheese, and Potato Breakfast Burrito at Tania’s “33” Dos Mundos

Same family, different owner as Tania’s on Drexel, Tania’s “33” offers a killer selection of breakfast and lunch burritos in four sizes with vegan options as well.

Visit tanias33.com

Tania’s Flour Tortillas

2856 W. Drexel
Birria burrito from Tania's Flour Tortillas & Mexican Food in Tucson, Ariz.

Birria burrito from Tania’s Flour Tortillas & Mexican Food in Tucson, Ariz.

Calabacitas burrito from Tania's Flour Tortillas & Mexican Food in Tucson, Ariz.

Calabacitas burrito from Tania’s Flour Tortillas & Mexican Food in Tucson, Ariz.

The jumbo burritos here are the girthiest, so stick with the smaller size unless you’re very athletic. The filling can lean towards the salty side, so wash it down with a bottled Mexican soda.

Visit taniastortillas.com

Sonoran Delights

921 West Congress Street
Carne asada burrito from Sonoran Delights in Tucson, Ariz.

Carne asada burrito from Sonoran Delights in Tucson, Ariz.

The carne asada at Sonoran Delights tastes like it was stewed in a peppery tomato sauce, which is not what you’d normally expect. However, it’s more tender and uniquely complex. Don’t forget to finish your meal with one of the many raspado offerings.

Visit Sonoran Delights on Facebook

Taqueria Juanitos

708 West Grant Road
Al pastor burrito at Taqueria Juanitos in Tucson, Ariz.

Al pastor burrito at Taqueria Juanitos in Tucson, Ariz.

Chile-red pork with a hint of pineapple sweetness will make your heart sing. The tidbits of crispy fat will keep you coming back. Everything at Juanitos is delicious, but if you’re into cabeza, it’s some of the best in town.

Visit taqueriajuanitos.com

For more burrito options, checkout Burrito Bucket List Volume 2.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.
  • Daniel Gómez

    Best carne asada burrito in tucson? or do I have to wait for part 2?

  • Nick Going

    Tanias and Bline are favorites of mine. You know your stuff Jackie.

  • Beau Manley Stearns

    I love casa molina on speedway!

  • The Pork Chili Verde from Taco Shop (1350 E. Broadway Blvd @ Highland) is sublime.

  • Jeanene

    Pico de Gallo on 6th is missing. So is Nico’s. Come on, everyone thinks Nico’s burritos are best!

    • Nico’s… it was considered, that’s for sure. Maybe it’ll make it on to Volume 2. Pico de Gallo is more associated with tacos.

      • Jeanene

        You at right. We go for the tacos, corn chowder (seasonal), fruit cups, and SMILES.

        • It’s a cocktail, not chowder, but yeah, the shrimp tacos are pretty great at Pico de Gallo.

  • Danny S.

    Great list. Some additional suggestions: Nico’s carnitas burritos are hit or miss, but when they hit they can be utterly amazing. The Taco Shop does a saucy al pastor burrito that is incredibly good, and I would echo Kevin Jackson’s green chili pork recommendation from below. BK is very solid for their mesquite-smoky carne asada, and Taqueria El Pueblito has a very tasty rajas con crema burrito.

    One question I’d pose to the public is whether anyone has found a really solid Mission-style burrito here in Tucson. It seems like Losbetos’ “super burrito” can’t possibly be the best we have to offer, but I’m not sure I can think of a place that does it better.

    • Thanks for commenting. Mostly agree with everything you’ve said. There are a number of places that will make Volume 2 just as special.

    • Jeanene

      What is Mission-style?

      • From what I can tell from googling, a mission burrito just means it has beans, rice, meat, and the kitchen sink. 😀

      • Danny S.

        How to Faint has it right. Basically it’s what chains like Chipotle and Qdoba are trying to replicate at massive corporate scales. When done right, that style of burrito is actually pretty awesome, but unfortunately there aren’t many places in town that have them on their menus.

    • Go to Tanias on Grande and explain what a “mission-style” burrito is and they’ll make it for you. I promise. They’ll make any style of burrito as long as they have the ingredients. I have two friends who are always ordering “California burritos,” but they both have different ideas of what that means. For one, that means carne asada, guacamole, potatoes, beans, and cheese. For the other, it’s carne asada, guacamole, and french fries. They both get what they want, both insist it’s the “real” California burrito, and everyone’s happy.

      • Exador…

        A real California burrito includes French fries, Sour cream, Guac and Cheese. Pico is an extra that some like too add.

        But I noticed here in a AZ (Tucson mostly) many places use potatoes instead of french fries. In addition some place add rice and beans.

        – Native So-cal Bro.

        • Not sure if they still do, but Nico’s used to say “potatoes” on the menu but what you’d actually get were french fries. If that helps. 😀

          But I still prefer Tanias for burritos (they use real potatoes, but they also have french fries and, inexplicably, tater tots as alternatives), BK’s for hot dogs, and this roadside truck on Grant near…uh, 1st? Stone? East of Fontana definitely…. Damn it. I can’t remember the exact intersection, but there’s a food truck there that does fantastic lengua and DF-style eyes. Right next to it is another food truck that does seafood and I was pretty impressed that you could see them actually battering the fish and shrimp and frying it to order. I’ve literally never seen that anywhere. I just wish I could remember the exact intersection other than “You know, on Grant, somewhere on the south side of the street between where that movie theatre was and First.” 🙁

          Well. At least I have an excuse to go back this weekend for ~research~ 😀

  • Marc Severson

    The Green Chile burro at Filiberto’s on 22nd street.

  • fred

    La Botana on 1st has a grilled veggie burrito that is filled with (seasonal) grilled veggies and then griddle-pressed grilled on the outside. Veggies, rice, beans, guac – delicious. Good-sized and less than $7.

  • Meme

    Also, Juanitos on Grant & Oracle has the best veggie burrito in town.

  • The Dude Abides

    Sonora burrito at Whata Burro (food truck) on 12th & Irvington rules supreme.

  • Michael Orcutt

    Jasons at Wrightstown and Pantano will blow your minds too.

  • Michael

    I have recently tried papas locos in rita ranch. I have to say that their burritos and tacos are the bomb. And they have just opened up on the east side braodway and camino seco. By far the best tasting meat and al pastor.

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