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For a different take on the breakfast classic, head to this City Park West staple
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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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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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Salt & Grinder

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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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Scratch Burrito & Happy Tap

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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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El Zarape

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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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Chickee's Lil Kitchen

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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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The Original Chubbys

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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.

Illegal Pete's

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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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El Taco De Mexico

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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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The Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar

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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.

La Loma A Mexican Kitchen

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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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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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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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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.

Jonathan Phillips

Salt & Grinder

Salt & Grinder

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

Salt & Grinder

Scratch Burrito & Happy Tap

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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.

Facebook

El Zarape

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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.

Yelp

Chickee's Lil Kitchen

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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.

Facebook

The Original Chubbys

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.

Illegal Pete's

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.

Facebook

El Taco De Mexico

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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.

Food Network

The Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar

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.

La Loma A Mexican Kitchen

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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.

Facebook

Onefold

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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.

Facebook

Olive & Finch

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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