10 Favorite Burrito Joints in Metro Phoenix

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WistfulBird, Etsy
In his new book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, Gustavo Arellano, the scribe behind the syndicated column ¡Ask a Mexican! and editor of New Times' sister paper, OC Weekly, says there's no known etymological origin for the word, burrito -- even where it was created is a mystery.

We love to eat these tasty, tortilla-wrapped meals all the same. And when it comes to getting our mitts around one in the Valley, especially old-school style, here's a list of 10 of our favorite joints to score one.

Taqueria La Hacienda #1
This classic food truck on Buckeye at Second Street (next to The Meat Shop) serves up all the traditional favorites -- lengua, cabeza, tripa, buche, pastor -- but you'll want to make sure to order up its asada. Spicy and peppery and with bits of garlic, onions, and tomatoes, it's a meaty treat. Want breakfast? Order up the green chile breakfast burro for some a.m. deliciousness.

La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop

Sure, this hip little hangout on 16th Street with a simple menu of Mexican flavors like Oaxacan black mole, Mexico City-style chicken tinga, and cochinita pibil from the Yucatán, says tacos in the name, but its burros are tasty, too. Try all three, especially the luscious mole with its rich, flavorful sauce and shredded chicken, and don't forget a trip to the stellar salsa bar and a cup of dreamy horchata with fruits and pecans.

Pro's Ranch Market

Burritos get super at this Hispanic supermercado chain with seven locations in Arizona. Hit up the sprawling eatery inside the market, where fresh-cut meats, homemade tortillas, and fresh produce await in abundance. Where to start? Try a tasty chicken burrito with mole, carnitas burrito, or breakfast burrito. And don't forget to stop at the aguas frescas stand. Plus, you can pick up all the ingredients at the market to make more burritos at home.

Los Jarritos

With an stark exterior and a dining area that feels like Grandma's kitchen, this in-the-middle-of-nowhere restaurant in Phoenix serves up some damn fine burros -- that is, when they're open (breakfast and lunch only, anything else "by appointment.") Take advantage of the mighty good machaca or go with the green chile or red chile beef all for around four or five bucks. Eating light? Get two chicken burros with a salad for $6.75.

Location Info

Carolina's Mexican Food

1202 E. Mohave St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Carolina's North

2126 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


9030 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Rito's Mexican Food

907 N. 14th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Tacos Atoyac - CLOSED

1830 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

La Frontera Comida Mexicana

151 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Los Altos Ranch Market

1602 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Asadero Norte De Sonora

122 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

La Santisima

1919 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Los Taquitos Grill

4747 E. Elliot Road, Ahwatukee, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Los Taquitos Mexican Grill

7000 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Los Jarritos Restaurant

4630 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Los Taquitos is awesome. Their tacos are some of the best


I've been going to La Frontera for quite a few years, and there have always been beans in my carne asada burrito........??? It's the best burrito in the city, IMO. They also put some cabbage and salsa in it, I believe... I've never owned one long enough to dissect it, just wolf it down.

Been meaning to try Los Jarritos and keep forgetting the name, thanks for reminding me! Oh burritos, how I love you. How do I stay so thin??


 I've eaten at Los Jarritos for years. This place is incredibly clean. The red chile burro has subtle, delicate flavors.

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