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Bacon-Wrapped Burro at Percheron (Credit: Melissa Stihl)

Foodie 15: Best Burritos in Tucson

Updated March 5, 2024

Tucson is not short on options when it comes to burrito joints. One simple “Burritos Near Me” search will reveal more possibilities than you’ll know what to do with. So we decided to help you narrow down your quest.

Behold, this handy guide of favorite burritos in Tucson, chosen by yours truly – the Tucson Foodie team.

This Guide is part of a series that honors Tucson as the home of America’s Best Mexican Food

Learn how we create our guides here.

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Vegan Jackfruit Burrito at 520 Taco Stop (Photo credit: Hannah Hernandez)

520 Taco Stop

Lesser known and underrated, 520 Taco Shop’s Bacon Wrapped Burrito and Carne Asada Burrito are the real deal, packing a punch of flavor in every bite.

If you’re looking for a plant-based option, ask for the Jackfruit Vegan Birria. But beware, you may fall head over heels.

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Carne Asada Burrito at Aqui Con El Nene (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Aqui Con El Nene Restaurant

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 fit for the masses.

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Carne Seca Burro at El Charro Café (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

El Charro Café Downtown

Established in 1922 and known for their authentic Southwestern, Latin, and Spanish cuisines, El Charro Café boasts a rich history and is often credited as the oldest Mexican restaurant in Tucson.

To that end, 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.

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Carne Asada Burrito (Photo courtesy of El Guero Canelo)

El Güero Canelo Restaurant – 22nd St.

Foodie Favorite:
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“El Güero Canelo is known for its Sonoran dogs but the carne asada burritos give those hot dogs a run for their money! They come in three sizes, too. Usually, I order the ‘Very Mucho’ size because I’m an animal but the Medium and Junior sizes are just as great.”

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El Taco Rustico (Photo by Anna Smirnova)

El Taco Rustico

Owner Juan Almanza is not only a master in the kitchen behind the barbecue grill. The meat at Rustico slowly “roasts” for hours without burning or turning the meat into a chewy jerky, and the craftiness shines in the burro. You get your choice of meat with pico and cabbage. Order it. You won’t regret it. That is unless you are vegetarian or vegan.

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El Torero Restaurant

This hidden gem in Tucson is known for its authentic Mexican dishes — tacos, tamales, and tostadas, oh my!

More to the point, they’ve got some excellent burrito options. The list of fillings is long, including savory meats and superb vegetarian/vegan choices. Get it Chimi-Style, Enchilada-Style, or fill it up all the way with “The Works.”

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Burro Panzon (Photo courtesy of Guadalajara Original Grill on FB)

Guadalajara Original Grill

A cherished spot in Tucson since 2002, Guadalajara Original Grill offers a mix of traditional and gourmet Mexican food. From classic favorites to innovative twists, their burritos showcase their culinary prowess and dedication to authenticity.

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Yaqueburro at La Yaquesita (Photo by Nena P. on Yelp)

La Yaquesita Mexican Cuisine

Behold the Yaqueburro — birria, cheese, cabbage, cilantro, and onions are all wrapped in a flour tortilla and then served with birria juice. Does it get any better than that? The food truck turned brick-and-mortar has been on Fourth Avenue now for almost two years and quickly became a go-to spot for those on the hunt for burritos.

 

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(Photo courtesy of Martin's Comida Chingona on FB)

Martin’s Comida Chingona

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.

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Percheron Mexican Grill

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.

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 on the fence, keep in mind that they’re big enough to share with a friend.

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Calabacitas Burro (Photo courtesy of Seis Kitchen)

Seis Kitchen – Mercado

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.

These burritos are big so come hungry!

Carne Asada Burrito at Sonoran Delights (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Sonoran Delights

The carne asada at Sonoran Delights is grilled and finished with a warm spicy tomato sauce, which helps keep it nice and juicy. Each tender slice of carne asada bursts with smoky flavor, making it a true delight for your taste buds.

Breakfast Burrito at Tania's 33 (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Tanias 33

When you order at Tanias, you can see the ladies in the kitchen stretching out tortillas the size of their arm. They use them to make burritos (really burros at this point) the size of your head.

Tanias also offers a wide range of fillings, especially when it comes to vegan options.

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Vegetarian Burrito (Photo courtesy of Taqueria Juanitos)

Taqueria Juanitos

With the Al Pastor Burrito, red pork with a hint of pineapple sweetness will make your heart sing. The tidbits of crispy fat will keep you coming back. Their cabeza is also some of the best in town.

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Tumerico on 6th Street

This place is a total game-changer for anyone looking for vegan and vegetarian burrito options.

Experience one for yourself and be amazed at how they’ve elevated plant-based cuisine into a satisfying, flavor-packed burrito experience that even non-vegetarians will crave.

 

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