Texas is home to Tex-Mex cuisine — an often-wonderful mash up of Texas culinary traditions with those of our neighbors south of the border in Mexico. One of the best examples of this great fusion food is the burrito, and there are some really flavorful ones in the Lone Star State.
The Daily Meal recently published our 2015 edition of America’s 35 Best Burritos, and in order to do this, we supplemented our past research with suggestions from our knowledgeable editors, as well as asking you, our readers, to write in, letting us know where you get your favorite burrito. We then dug through online reviews and best-of lists that were published since our 2014 ranking to make sure we haven’t missed any great new ones.
We divided the more than 130 burritos that made our shortlist by region — from Albany, California, in the West; to Las Cruces, New Mexico, in the Southwest; to Boston in the Northeast. After that, we asked nearly 40 burrito experts — among them the Burrito Eater, Charles Hodgkins, and Justin Bolois of First We Feast— to weigh in and vote.
#3 Chile Relleno, Delicious Mexican Eatery, El Paso, Texas
It takes cojones to name your restaurant Delicious, but these guys aren’t lying. None other than Julia Child herself extolled the virtues of this place (and took advantage of her visit there to spend some time in the kitchen brushing up on her Tex-Mex cooking skills), and while it’s renowned for is gorditas (meat and cheese stuffed into a fried corn tortilla pocket — a long way from Taco Bell’s version), the burritos are stunningly delicious, even one filled with just beans. If you want to visit burrito utopia, though, order the chile relleno burrito, which takes one of their best menu items (also one of the best versions of a chile relleno anywhere) and wraps it up in a warm flour tortilla. Brilliant.
#2 Pork, Cabo Bob’s Burritos, Austin
Cabo Bob’s brings a taste of Baja California to Austin without being tacky or gimmicky, and with a real commitment to high-quality food. All tortillas are cooked to order (certainly not a ubiquitous practice at all burrito shops), and all sauces are scratch-made in-house daily. While their Baja fish taco is certainly the real deal, and there’s always the option of customizing your burrito and loading it up with fillings, go for the #5, the pork burrito. An ancho chile tortilla is filled with shredded pork, brown rice, pinto beans, grilled onions and peppers, cheese, lettuce, cilantro, and their 66 Red Sauce, and it’s a wonder to behold.
#1 Maximo, Changos Taquería, Austin
Making the leap all the way from #30 in 2014 to #19 of America’s best this year is Austin’s Changos Taquería. The aroma of homemade tortillas hits you like a suplex from a luchador when you walk in the door, reinforced by the fact that you can actually see employees hard at work hand-making the masa rounds. Take that fresh tortilla and turn it into a Maximo burrito (add meat or guacamole) and you have a world-class meal for a bargain, along with the highest-scoring Texas burrito on our 2015 list.