14 December, 2019, 00:47

Burrito Bucket List (Vol. 2): 15 More Burrito Joints To Try In Tucson

Did you think we were finished? We’ve still only scratched the surface of Tucson’s burrito bounty. While there’s no alligator burrito (yet), there’s no shortage of talent and creativity in local tortilla food delivery vessels. For reference, here’s Burrito Bucket List, Volume 1.

Aqui Con El Nene

4415 North Flowing Wells Rd
Carne asada burrito at Aqui Con El Nene

Carne asada burrito at Aqui Con El Nene (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This hidden-but-renowned joint has one of the most bountiful salsa bars. If you want a little extra smoke in your grilled meats and veggies, this is the place for you.

Visit Aqui Con El Nene on Facebook

Blanco Tacos + Tequila

2905 East Skyline Drive #246
Blanco Tacos + Tequila braised short rib burrito

Half-serving of the braised short rib burrito at Blanco Tacos + Tequila (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Short rib is among the tastiest of fatty cuts of beef. This premium cut gets the respect it deserves with a slow, gentle cook in the braised short rib burrito.

Visit Blanco’s website

Crossroads Restaurant

2602 South 4th Avenue
Campechano burro at Crossroads Restaurant

Campechano burro at Crossroads Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The campechano burrito’s carne asada, beans, cheese, and guacamole will stick to your ribs. Brighten it up with some of the devilishly hot salsa that comes with the chips.

Visit crossroadsfinemexican.com

El Indio Restaurant

3355 South Sixth Avenue
Carnitas burro at El Indio Restaurant

Carnitas burro at El Indio Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

A glass of tart jamaica serves as a refreshing counterpoint to the luscious chunks of pork in the carnitas burro. The handy salsa squirt bottle will provide some extra spice.

Visit elindiorestaurant.com

El Sur Restaurant

5602 East 22nd Street
Red chile burrito at El Sur

Red chile burrito at El Sur Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Chicharron burrito at El Sur

Chicharron burrito at El Sur Restaurant (Credit: Jackie Tran)

If you want to get it wet, roll with the beefy red chile burrito. If you want a ticket to crunchy town, get fried bits of steak and fat in the chicharron burrito and squeeze some of the house salsa into each bite.

Visit elsurrestaurant.com

Frank’s Restaurant

3843 East Pima Street
Carne asada burrito Francisco's style at Francisco's De La Noche

Carne asada burrito Francisco’s style at Francisco’s De La Noche (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Birria burrito Francisco's style at Francisco's De La Noche

Birria burrito Francisco’s style at Francisco’s De La Noche (Credit: Jackie Tran)

This neighborhood joint has a separate identity at night (Francisco’s de la Noche) that makes dastardly gargantuan burritos. Get it Francisco’s style and add bacon and peppers.

Visit franksrestaurant.com

La Botana Fresco Grill & Cantina

3200 North 1st Avenue
La Botana Chicharron Verde

The chicharron verde burrito at La Botana Fresco Grill & Cantina (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Percheron burrito from La Botana

Percheron burrito from La Botana Fresco Grill & Cantina (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Crispy fried pork and tangy green salsa harmonize in the joint favorite chicharron verde burrito. The percheron burrito is overflowing with steak and queso blanco, but the avocado and pico de gallo keeps it fresh. You can BYOB (in this case, build your own burrito) if you want more veggies. You know what would balance it further? One of their humongous micheladas or margaritas.

Visit labotanagrill.com

La Mesa Tortillas

3923 East Pima Street
Green chile burrito at La Mesa Tortillas

Green chile burrito at La Mesa Tortillas (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Drippingly-juicy beef with mild aromatics such as tomatoes and green chiles will saturate your taste buds. You’ll daydream about it then realize you were napping on these pillowy tortillas.

Visit lamesatortillas.com

Mr. Baja Fish

1905 West Grant Road
Grilled fish burrito at Mr. Baja Fish

Grilled fish burrito at Mr. Baja Fish (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Fried fish burrito at Mr. Baja Fish

Fried fish burrito at Mr. Baja Fish (Credit: Jackie Tran)

If you can’t remember where you left your trident or harpoon (probably where your remote control is), get a fish burrito at Mr. Baja Fish. The grill fish burrito is saucy with peppers, while the fried fish burrito is surprisingly light and delicate.

Visit mrbajafish.com

Street Taco and Beer Co.

58 West Congress Street
Al pastor burrito at Street Taco and Beer Co.

Al pastor burrito at Street Taco and Beer Co. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

If you want crispy and moist bits of red pork roasted on a vertical spit, order the al pastor burrito. The tortillas are griddled to order in front of you as well. Take advantage of the impressive beer list to wash your burrito down with a brew from down the street or from across the border.

Visit Street Taco and Beer Co. on Facebook

Taco Shop Co.

1350 East Broadway Boulevard
Arizona burrito at the Taco Shop Co.

Arizona burrito at Taco Shop Co. (Credit: Jackie Tran)

You may not recognize this photo in daylight because it’s the Taco Shop Co. by campus and downtown. Steak and potatoes will help you feel better after a good night. Or good bad night, depending on your perspective.

Visit Taco Shop Co. on Facebook

Taqueria El Pueblito

1800 East Fort Lowell Road #A156
Zacatecas burrito at Taqueria El Pueblito

Zacatecas burrito at Taqueria El Pueblito (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Looking for an excuse to sneak bacon into a carne asada burrito? Don’t need one? Get the Zacatecas burrito and realize you haven’t put bacon in as many things as you thought you did.

Visit Taqueria El Pueblito on Facebook

Taqueria Y Raspados Jason

6041 East 22nd Street
Cabeza burrito at Taqueria Jason

Cabeza burrito at Taqueria Y Raspados Jason (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Hidden under the red tent on 22nd is the glorious cabeza burrito. Demonstrate your foodie prowess with often-unexplored meats by getting some head meat that has been slowly simmered into lip-smacking status.

Visit Taqueria Y Raspados Jason on Facebook

Tucson Tamale Company

2545 East Broadway Boulevard • 7159 E Tanque Verde • 7286 N Oracle Rd
Bacon breakfast burrito from Tucson Tamale Company

Bacon breakfast burrito from Tucson Tamale Company (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Sometimes you want to fight the establishment by ordering something that’s not in the name of the establishment. Well, you rebel, get the breakfast burrito (not tamale) with soft cubes of bacon. A side of Mexican slaw helps keep things light in your belly.

Visit tucsontamale.com

 Zivaz Mexican Bistro

4590 East Broadway Boulevard
Burrito poblano at Zivas Mexican Bistro

Burrito poblano at Zivas Mexican Bistro (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The creamy poblano sauce and cheese in the burrito poblano helps the veggies and chicken breast taste wonderfully moist. It almost feels like cheating. Almost.

Visit Zivaz on Facebook

Know about a must-have burrito that wasn’t included? Let us know in the comments.

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.

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