9 of the Most Over-the-Top Burritos in the Country
Although it’s actually a minor holiday in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo, the day the Mexican Army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla, is a major deal here in the United States. So we celebrate accordingly: by blissfully slinging back tacos and margs.
This year, ring in the holiday with an inventive burrito. We can't get enough of these nine unique versions, which take influences from Indian, Cuban, Chinese and many more cuisines, then mash them into a tidy, handheld meal.
Mexicue (New York City, NY)
Mexicue's Jamburrito features jambalaya that's been amped up with smoked chicken, chiles, creamy chipotle sauce, house-fried tortilla strips, cotija cheese and slow-simmered black beans.
2nd City (New York City, NY)
This Filipino taqueria packs kimchi fried rice, chicken adobo—a recipe from chef/owner Jordan Andino's grandmother—and lettuce into a warm tortilla.
③ Smothered Curry Burrito with Breaded Oysters
HRD Coffee Shop (San Francisco, CA)
If you like your burritos wet, try this cult favorite, filled with homemade kimchi and fried breaded oysters. It's then doused in velvety Japanese curry and topped off with kimchi aioli, hot sauce and jalapeños.
④ Pork Mapo Burrito
Mission Chinese Food (San Francisco, CA)
Chef Danny Bowien's creation incorporates house-made chile oil, savory and spicy mapo tofu, fried garlic rice, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, scallions and cilantro.
⑤ The BBQ Pork Bomber
Kono's (Haleiwa, HI)
For a little bit of tropical island flair, Kono's BBQ Pork Bomber combines the restaurant's signature 12-hour slow-roasted kalua pig, homemade guava BBQ sauce, caramelized onions and rice in a warm tortilla.
⑥ Chicken Tikka Burrito
23rd Street Café (Los Angeles, CA)
This L.A. fusion café takes the hybridization of Indian and Mexican foods to the next level with its chicken tikka burrito: tikka masala, rice, beans, onions, cilantro and salsa.
⑦ Yellowfin Tuna Burrito
My Ceviche (Miami, FL)
Inspired by Caribbean cuisine, the yellowfin tuna burrito is like a Caribbean sushi roll, with coconut jasmine rice, corn, tomatoes, pickled onions, cilantro and fresh line-caught yellowfin tuna that's seared and served rare.
⑧ Pulpo (Octopus) Burrito
Coyo Taco (Miami, FL)
The smash-hit menu item at Wynwood landmark Coyo Taco is this octopus burrito, which comes with rice, beans, pico de gallo, queso, crema and fried octopus.
⑨ Cuban Burrito
Laughing Planet Café (Portland, Oregon)
A portable riff on the classic plato cubano, the the Cuban burrito consists of rice, beans, fried plantains and cilantro lime slaw, and is rolled tightly enough to fit into a water-bottle cage on a bike.
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