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Where to Eat Burritos in Denver

For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there’s really no bad time to devour one

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For a different take on the breakfast classic, head to this City Park West staple
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Ah, January. It’s the season for diets and cleanses and somehow also the time for big and unabashed burritos — warmed, melted, grilled, smothered, breakfast, snack, or otherwise packaged.

Originally from Mexico, burritos have finally become an American staple. They’re now featured across restaurant menus for three meals a day and late nights, loaded with slow-cooked meats and rice, or packed with eggs and sautéed veggies. In Denver, thank heavenly tortillas, there is now a burrito for every taste and preference.

This map spans some newer rolled-up havens and some time-tested standbys. Find drive-thru windows and sit-down dinners and everything in between them. From Federal Boulevard to Boulder, Berkeley, and beyond, here is a guide to get any burrito lover dreaming about duck fat potatoes, red and green chilies, melted cheeses, and chorizo.

Note: Map points are listed from west to east. If we missed your favorite burrito spot, please feel free to share with us in the comments below or send a tip to denver@eater.com.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Santo

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1265 Alpine Ave
Boulder, CO 80304
(303) 442-6100
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Everyone by now should know of Blackbelly Butcher’s famous breakfast burrito, with farm fresh eggs, hatch green chili, and tater tots (also try the butcher’s variety with a choice of house meats). But for the latest sensation from this Boulder-based team, try the new Southwest version down the road at Santo, where New Mexican breakfast burritos with a choice of red or green chile are served outside only on weekday mornings.

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2. Salt & Grinder

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3609 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 945-4200
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This 32nd Street delicatessen knows exactly what makes a tasty breakfast burrito — chorizo, potatoes, scrambled eggs, green chili, and melted cheddar.

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3. Scratch Burrito & Happy Tap

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4262 Lowell Blvd
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-3000
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Located in the Berkeley neighborhood, Scratch Burrito’s name says it all. In addition to pouring cold pints of local favorites and crafting beautiful cocktails, Scratch makes a mean burrito, including the tandoori lamb with curried brown rice, dill pickle salad, cilantro raita, and crispy onions.

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4. El Zarape

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1065 Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 893-0394
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Breakfast burritos via drive-thru are the way to go here, with a choice of meat along with the eggs, cheese, green chili, fried potatoes, and fresh-baked tortilla. Note: These are reasonably sized wraps, so for the Mission-style fans, order two burritos.

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5. Chickee's Lil Kitchen

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4340 Zuni St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 329-3980
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This unassuming Sunnyside food stand also sells a surprising gumbo and smothered tamales, but go first and foremost for the breakfast burritos, smothered in cheese and green chili.

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6. The Original Chubbys

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1231 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-9311
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Just over a year ago, the Original Chubbys expanded into a spacious new location just behind its predecessor. The menu still boasts of authentic Mexican fare that has withstood the test of time, however. Try classic beef and bean burrito (smothered), or go the breakfast route with eggs and sausage.

7. Illegal Pete's

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1530 16th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-2169
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After more than 20 years, Illegal Pete’s continues to draw loyal customers who frequent any of its several locations in Denver. The Mission-style burrito is a fan favorite and for so many reasons. Try the 3-cap carnitas burrito with all the works and smothered in pork chili. In the a.m., go for a breakfast burrito loaded with eggs, potatoes, and a choice of toppings, rolled up in a wheat or white tortilla.

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8. El Taco De Mexico

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714 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 623-3926
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Not only are El Taco De Mexico’s namesake tacos perfectly sized and packed with flavor, but the burritos are extra large and just as crave-worthy. Try the fired pork burrito with beans, rice, and the option to go smothered.

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9. The Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar

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1401 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-6500
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Another breakfast crowd go-to, the Corner Office serves a memorable breakfast burrito made with chorizo, potatoes, guacamole, cotija cheese, and green chili, all wrapped up snug in a large tortilla.

10. La Loma A Mexican Kitchen

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1801 Broadway
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 433-8300
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Longtime Mile High staple La Loma is no stranger to serving up delicious Mexican fare. The housemade tortillas alone are worth the visit. Order the burritos, from bean and cheese, to beef, shredded chicken, or brisket. Each serving comes with two tightly wrapped burritos smothered in a choice of green chili, red chili, or enchilada sauce, and served with a side of rice and beans.

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11. Onefold

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1420 E 18th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 954-0877
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A lunchtime favorite, this small spot serves a grilled burrito with bell peppers, onions, jalapeño cheese, rice, refried beans, pico de gallo, and a choice of chicken, carne asada, or carnitas. Or go for breakfast for the morning burrito made with duckfat fried potatoes and a choice of bacon, sausage, or chorizo.

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12. Olive & Finch

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3390 E 1st Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 955-0455
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Every single breakfast skillet at this hip little eatery can also be made into a burrito. The Sonoma comes rolled with two eggs, roasted vegetables, potatoes, arugula, and creamy goat cheese — maybe not the standard breakfast burrito variety, but certainly worth a departure.

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1. Santo

1265 Alpine Ave, Boulder, CO 80304
Jonathan Phillips

Everyone by now should know of Blackbelly Butcher’s famous breakfast burrito, with farm fresh eggs, hatch green chili, and tater tots (also try the butcher’s variety with a choice of house meats). But for the latest sensation from this Boulder-based team, try the new Southwest version down the road at Santo, where New Mexican breakfast burritos with a choice of red or green chile are served outside only on weekday mornings.

1265 Alpine Ave
Boulder, CO 80304

2. Salt & Grinder

3609 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Salt & Grinder

This 32nd Street delicatessen knows exactly what makes a tasty breakfast burrito — chorizo, potatoes, scrambled eggs, green chili, and melted cheddar.

3609 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

3. Scratch Burrito & Happy Tap

4262 Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80211
Facebook

Located in the Berkeley neighborhood, Scratch Burrito’s name says it all. In addition to pouring cold pints of local favorites and crafting beautiful cocktails, Scratch makes a mean burrito, including the tandoori lamb with curried brown rice, dill pickle salad, cilantro raita, and crispy onions.

4262 Lowell Blvd
Denver, CO 80211

4. El Zarape

1065 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80204
Yelp

Breakfast burritos via drive-thru are the way to go here, with a choice of meat along with the eggs, cheese, green chili, fried potatoes, and fresh-baked tortilla. Note: These are reasonably sized wraps, so for the Mission-style fans, order two burritos.

1065 Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80204

5. Chickee's Lil Kitchen

4340 Zuni St, Denver, CO 80211
Facebook

This unassuming Sunnyside food stand also sells a surprising gumbo and smothered tamales, but go first and foremost for the breakfast burritos, smothered in cheese and green chili.

4340 Zuni St
Denver, CO 80211

6. The Original Chubbys

1231 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211

Just over a year ago, the Original Chubbys expanded into a spacious new location just behind its predecessor. The menu still boasts of authentic Mexican fare that has withstood the test of time, however. Try classic beef and bean burrito (smothered), or go the breakfast route with eggs and sausage.

1231 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

7. Illegal Pete's

1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202
Facebook

After more than 20 years, Illegal Pete’s continues to draw loyal customers who frequent any of its several locations in Denver. The Mission-style burrito is a fan favorite and for so many reasons. Try the 3-cap carnitas burrito with all the works and smothered in pork chili. In the a.m., go for a breakfast burrito loaded with eggs, potatoes, and a choice of toppings, rolled up in a wheat or white tortilla.

1530 16th St
Denver, CO 80202

8. El Taco De Mexico

714 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204
Food Network

Not only are El Taco De Mexico’s namesake tacos perfectly sized and packed with flavor, but the burritos are extra large and just as crave-worthy. Try the fired pork burrito with beans, rice, and the option to go smothered.

714 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204

9. The Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar

1401 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

Another breakfast crowd go-to, the Corner Office serves a memorable breakfast burrito made with chorizo, potatoes, guacamole, cotija cheese, and green chili, all wrapped up snug in a large tortilla.

1401 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80202

10. La Loma A Mexican Kitchen

1801 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202
Facebook

Longtime Mile High staple La Loma is no stranger to serving up delicious Mexican fare. The housemade tortillas alone are worth the visit. Order the burritos, from bean and cheese, to beef, shredded chicken, or brisket. Each serving comes with two tightly wrapped burritos smothered in a choice of green chili, red chili, or enchilada sauce, and served with a side of rice and beans.

1801 Broadway
Denver, CO 80202

11. Onefold

1420 E 18th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Facebook

A lunchtime favorite, this small spot serves a grilled burrito with bell peppers, onions, jalapeño cheese, rice, refried beans, pico de gallo, and a choice of chicken, carne asada, or carnitas. Or go for breakfast for the morning burrito made with duckfat fried potatoes and a choice of bacon, sausage, or chorizo.

1420 E 18th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

12. Olive & Finch

3390 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Every single breakfast skillet at this hip little eatery can also be made into a burrito. The Sonoma comes rolled with two eggs, roasted vegetables, potatoes, arugula, and creamy goat cheese — maybe not the standard breakfast burrito variety, but certainly worth a departure.

3390 E 1st Ave
Denver, CO 80206

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