All wrapped up in cheesy, meaty goodness with the perfect hint of sweetness, spice or salsa.
Choosing a favorite burrito in Tucson is like choosing a favorite child — if you had 300 children.
After racking up several hundred dollars in burrito tabs, here’s the list of nine of the best burritos and burros in Tucson.
Anita Street Market
849 N. Anita Ave. Ste. 300
Anita’s fluffy flour tortillas are the star of their burros. You could eat the tortillas simply with butter or even on their own.
The red chile beef, however, is also one of the best in town with its smoky, fruity, and slightly spicy depth. If you need more piquancy, then generously apply the side of fresh red salsa.
Bonus tip — their breakfast burros are among the best in Tucson.
Keep up with Anita Street Market on Facebook.
Aqui Con El Nene
4415 N. Flowing Wells Rd.
Aqui Con El Nene knows how to work their mesquite grill for some mighty fine carne asada.
Add in the massive salsa bar and friendly service, and you’ve got the recipe for a local favorite where both blue-collar folks and James Beard award-winning chefs happily dine.
For more information, visit elnenetacos.com.
Barista Del Barrio
1002 N. Grande Ave.
Instead of a single massive burro, Barista Del Barrio gives two smaller breakfast burritos in each order. They also include beans and a side of potent, oregano-fragrant spicy salsa.
The house-made chorizo is the best option for the meat.
Keep up with Barista Del Barrio on Facebook.
621 N. Fourth Ave.
The combination of 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 achiote rice.
For more information, visit thebline.xyz.
La Botana Tacos + Patios + Amigos
3200 N. First Ave. • 5526 E. Grant Rd.
The Percheron burrito is overflowing with steak and queso blanco but the avocado and pico de gallo keep it fresh. La Botana grills the exterior of the burrito just right to where it keeps its shape without drying out too much.
For more information, visit labotanagrill.com.
Percheron Mexican Grill
4860 S. 12th Ave. • The Boxyard, 238 N. Fourth Ave.
If you think wrapping a burro in bacon is too much, then it is. If you think that’s a fantastic idea, it is. The Bacon-Wrapped Percheron Burro is what you make out of it.
While you won’t want to tell your cardiologist you ate this, the bacon is expertly prepared in a manner that keeps it delicate and crisp with each bite rather than one chewy piece that makes the whole thing fall apart. If you’re still on the fence, just get one and share it.
Keep up with Percheron Mexican Grill on Facebook.
130 S. Avenida del Convento Ste. 100 • 1765 E. River Rd. Ste. 131
Seis burritos feature a flour tortilla stuffed with smashed or black beans, rice, guacamole, cheese, chopped cabbage, and calabacitas or meat. If you’re taking the meat route, go for the adobo steak or house-made chorizo.
For more information, visit seiskitchen.com.
Taqueria El Pueblito
1800 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
Taqueria El Pueblito features bacon alongside guacamole and carne asada in their Zacatecas Burrito. They also have a stellar Chicharron en Salsa Roja burrito, but beware: it’s hot.
For more information, visit taqueriaelpueblito.com.
708 W. Grant Rd.
Al pastor, chile and achiote-red pork with a hint of pineapple sweetness, will make your heart sing. The tropical acidity that balances 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.
Keep up with Taqueria Juanitos on Facebook.
Have a favorite? Let us know in the comments.
[This article was originally written on October 29, 2018, and was updated on April 15, 2019.]