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20 Crave-Worthy Burritos Joints To Try In LA (Right Now)

Yes, Los Angeles is absolutely a taco town. With hundreds of taquerias scattered throughout the city, it’s pretty much the taco epicenter of America. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t incredibly delicious burritos floating in that taco sea waiting to be happily devoured. Let’s face it, sometimes a three-bite taco just doesn’t cut it. They’re tasty in their own right, but sometimes you just want to grab life with both hands and sink your teeth into a tightly-wrapped tortilla pillow of grilled carne asada goodness.

LA is blessed with a wide variety of Mexican-American-influenced cuisine, from classic beans and cheese to regional styles from various parts of Mexico to new Californian innovations. By staying true to their roots, incorporating fresh Californian ingredients and taking chances on revolutionary creations, LA chefs are crafting a culinary culture of their own. You’d be hard-pressed to find another city with such a wide range of options for such crave-worthy burritos. From backstreet taco trucks, beachside taco stands, to stand-alone restaurants, LA has it all. Tasty and satisfying, unpretentious and conveniently located, all at an attractive price point, makes for a winning combination. So grab your shades, step out into that luxurious LA sunshine, and enjoy this list of the 20 best burrito joints you’ll find in LA.

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20 La Azteca Tortilleria

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When embarking on a Los Angeles burrito tour of greatness, La Azteca Tortilleria must be at the top of your list. This old-school tortilleria on the east side has been serving up tasty Mexican delights for 65 years. After just one bite, you’ll realize that these traditional-looking burritos are profoundly different from any others in town. Known for their freshly-made flour tortillas, meringue-battered chile relleno, perfected refried beans, melty cheese, and chopped Pico de Gallo Salsa Mexicana, these consistently delicious burritos are some of the best that LA has to offer. There’s a reason why this place has been around for a couple of decades. 4538 E Cesar E Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA

19 Burritos La Palma

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Not only does Burritos La Palma have delightful made-from scratch flour tortillas, but they also fill them with an incredible spicy and delicious beef stew known as birria. Birria hails from Jerez, Zacatecas, a part of Mexico not typically known for burritos, where birria is typically made with goat. This spicy secret sitting in nicely-grilled tortillas sets Burritos La Palma apart from the rest. Orders come with two slender and tightly-wrapped burritos with the option of just birria, birria with cheese and beans, or birria with a coating of salsa verde on top. With all three options, you can’t go wrong. 5120 Peck Road, El Monte, CA

18 Lucky Boy Drive-In

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Sometimes, you just feel like a burrito for breakfast. Not to worry, we have you covered. Lucky Boy Drive-In, a longstanding roadside stop in Pasadena, has been perfecting the breakfast burrito for decades. “Legendary Lucky Boy’s Breakfast Burrito” is what everyone orders and you need not look any further. This hefty tortilla stuffed with fluffy eggs, crispy hash browns, melting cheese, and either bacon or sausage is the perfect start to any day. They also offer ham or chorizo, and vegetarians can go ahead and omit the meat. It’s still delicious. Hundreds of fans from far and wide stop in daily for the breakfast burrito, but it doesn’t mean Lucky Boy has slacked on quality. The breakfast burrito is served all day and closes at 2am. 640 S. Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA

17 Kogi BBQ Truck

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Kogi BBQ is an extraordinary fusion of Korean and Mexican flavors. Back in 2008, three family members had the incredible idea of stuffing short ribs in tacos and parking outside LA clubs late at night. The rest is history. Today, Kogi BBQ’s four trucks are essentially roaming LA landmarks and draw hour-long lines of Angelenos. When it rolls into your town or you track it down, be sure to taste either the spicy pork, short rib, or chicken burrito. Each is uniquely delectable, but they are all tossed in this incredible Korean chili-soy vinaigrette with a pinch of sea salt, toasted sesame seeds, and some sesame chili salsa roja. Another delicious option for vegetarian burrito lovers is to opt for tofu protein instead of meat. When you go back for the second or third time, because you surely will, try some of Kogi’s signature items including the Kimchi Quesadillas, Short Rib Sliders, and Spicy Pork Tacos. 12236 W Washington Blvd Los Angeles, CA

16 Lupe’s #2

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Sometimes, simple is just better. And that’s the case at this old-school, open-air burrito stand where the standard order is the traditional bean and cheese burrito. Sure, you can add steak or super-spicy chili if you’d like, but here, bean and cheese are enough. Started by Adeline “Tuchie” Portillo, the stand’s matriarch, in 1972, Lupe’s #2 has been an East LA favorite for more than four decades. This historic Boyle Heights stand’s signature lard-fried beans and copious amounts of cheese served in a paper sleeve is the emblematic Chicano-era Los Angeles. If you’re feeling ambitious, try the California burrito that adds French fries to its medley of steak, beans, cheese, guacamole, and sour cream. 4642 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles,CA

15 Señor Fish

Some of you may be shocked to see a seafood burrito on this list and understandably so. Most seafood burritos have way too much rice and beans and not enough of the good stuff, with just a few tiny pieces of shrimp meagerly tucked in. However, this is not the case at Señor Fish, which was established back in 1988 by two Ramirez siblings whose parents hailed from Guadalajara, Mexico. Here, you’ll enjoy high-quality scallop and shrimp burritos that are fresh, delicious, and well worth the somewhat pricier tag of about $9 a pop. There are actual seared scallops and shrimp in this burrito, and they are fat, thick, and plentiful. The cabbage mixed in with the rice and pinto beans adds some nice flavor and texture. To spice it up a bit, make sure to hit their salsa bar. 422 E. 1st St., Los Angeles; 4803 Eagle Rock, Los Angeles; 115 W. Main St., Alhambra, and 3 other locations.

14 Tacos El Korita

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With all the taquerias on wheels to choose from in East LA, it can be a bit daunting. Not to worry, just look for the bright purple truck of Tacos El Korita. While they are certainly not the only truck offering handmade corn tortillas, they are absolutely superior to most. Their tortillas have a nice thickness to them and are much less dry and dense than others. In terms of the meat options, they stick with the classics: carne asada, al pastor, carnitas and chorizo. The key word to know when ordering your burrito from Tacos El Korita is “open.” After the heavily-seasoned meat of your choice and beans are added to the fresh tortilla, the open-faced monster is then handed over to you to adorn with ingredients of your liking. Go ahead and pile on the thick guacamole, nopal salad, and salsa verde. Olympic Blvd and Herbert Ave Los Angeles, CA

13 Al & Bea’s

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Since 1966, Al & Bea’s has been an iconic Mexican food stand in Boyle Heights. Some say it’s #1 in all of Los Angeles. This no-frills establishment is undoubtedly known for their old-school refried bean and cheese burrito with basically a choice of red or green salsa. In fact, this simple yet delicious staple may be the most discussed burrito in LA. Be sure to grab a seat outside while you savor this classic, lean, paper-wrapped taste of history. There’s something comforting about Al & Bea’s unassuming stand with a simple menu that has been a neighborhood favorite for decades. With so many burrito variations and innovations these days, you know this classic bean and cheese burrito must be special. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 2025 E. 1st St., Boyle Heights,CA

12 El Borrego De Oro

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Located in a Boyle Height strip mall, El Borrego de Oro is an unassuming hidden gem. Family-run since 2003, this establishment has continued to gain acclaim over the years. El Borrego de Oro, meaning “The Golden Lamb,” is a Mexican eatery known for their traditional barbacoa (barbecued lamb cooked slowly in an underground pit covered with maguey leaves). This entire process, a style from the owner’s native region of the central Mexican state of Hidalgo, usually takes about eight hours. The wait is well worth it. Smoky, tender meat emerges from the pit and is added to savory consome (or broth). Wrap that in a hearty handmade tortilla and add some onions, salsa, and cilantro and you have yourself an astounding burrito. This hefty burrito with a generous assortment of ingredients will last you all week. 2403 E. Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

11 La Oaxaqueña Taco Truck

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Often referred to as the “Land of Seven Moles,” Oaxaca Mexico’s cuisine is famously diverse and intense. The La Oaxaqueña Taco Truck on Lincoln Boulevard and Rose Street in Venice gives you a chance to taste some of the best regional Mexican fare in the city. Open daily from 6pm to early in the morning, this consistently delicious taco truck serves dinner to dozens of loyal patrons, many on their way home from work or a night out on the town. Specializing in antojitos made with traditional Oaxacan ingredients like cecina (dried pork or beef) and quesillo (unpasteurized cheese), this truck gives you a real taste of authentic Oaxacan cusine. Beware of the red salsa, though. It has a real bite to it. Lincoln Blvd & Rose St., Venice, CA

10 Cofax Coffee

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Not only is Cofax Coffee serving up espressos, granola, donuts, and cookies, but it also has a modern breakfast burrito that will knock your socks off. Launched in 2014 by the folks of the popular burger joint, Golden State, Cofax Coffee is home to an iconic breakfast burrito that has really put it on the map. This well-structured and expertly-grilled burrito is comprised of fluffy scrambles eggs, a heavy dose of avocado, nicely-grilled peppers, and onions, cheese, chorizo, and incredible smoked potatoes. It is these slow-smoked potatoes from their sister restaurant, Bludso’s Bar & Que, that has catapulted their burrito ahead of the pack. This breakfast burrito will make any Monday seem just that much better. 440 N Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, CA

9 Cilantro Mexican Grill

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This list wouldn’t be complete without fine gas station cuisine. On Whitsett Avenue and Serman Way in North Hollywood, a Chevron station glows brighter than the rest, quietly serving one of the best burritos in town. Cilantro Mexican Grill takes casual dining to another level. Running this unassuming treasure is Adolfo Perez, a Le Cordon Bleu graduate who spent years running corporate restaurants. When Adolfo decided to strike out on his own, in order to get the kitchen space inside the gas station, he first had to stick to reheating prepackaged items from the store and cooking breakfast sandwiches. The chef was slowly able to incorporate his own recipes. And once his popular carne asada and surf and turf burritos became crowd favorites, there was no turning back. Today, Adolfo and a team of up to eight people serve up hungry car washers and tank-fillers from 6am to 10pm. With nothing over $10, Cilantro Mexican Grill is a great lunchtime destination. 7214 Whitsett Ave North Hollywood, CA

8 Tacos Villa Corona

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Nearing the top of the list of LA breakfast burritos is Tacos Villa Corona, an incredibly tiny shack in Atwater Village. They serve several varieties of breakfast burrito, basically consisting of soft-scrambled eggs, steak, pico de gallo, pinto beans, cheese, and chilaquiles adding some nice crispy texture. Sprinkle on some of their smoky red salsa for an extra kick of spice. They also serve up a very satisfying lunchtime potato burrito with spinach, cheese, and bacon. Tacos Villa Corona is cash only, there’s no seating, and there’s usually a bit of a wait, but it is worth it. You’ll not only fall in love with the chilaquiles breakfast burrito, but you’ll also fall in love with the family who has owned and run this place for the past two decades. 3185 Glendale Blvd Los Angeles, CA

7 Tito’s Tacos

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Tito’s Tacos is a Culver City taco stand of rugged simplicity that has stolen the hearts and stomachs of Angelenos since 1959. Providing appetizing Mexican food, prepared fresh daily from treasured secret recipes, this longtime family favorite brings its patron’s tastebuds back south of the border. Even though their nostalgic hard-shelled tacos earn all the love, their meat, bean, and cheese burrito with their tasty salsa roja is a definite must. This walk-up, no-frills establishment still has long daytime lines and many devote regulars. You won’t find modern or interesting new Mexican-American innovations here. Tito’s Tacos is authentic cheese-covered tacos of fond memories of earlier times. 11222 Washington Pl Culver City, CA

6 Ramona’s Mexican

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Ramona’s Mexican has a long and storied history dating back to 1947. As a young woman, Ramona came north of the border with a vision to give customers food with integrity. She and her husband, Alejandro, brought Sonoran family recipes to LA and together built this thriving business, now run by their children and grandchildren. When you step into Ramona’s in Gardena, you are engulfed in deep, rich aromas that bring you back in time to an old soulful Mexican kitchen. Their original burrito is the perfect balance of just a few ingredients: handmade flour tortillas toasted on the griddle, hearty chunks of beef, superb refried beans rice, and your choice of red or green chili. If you’re looking for fresh and high-quality ingredients, authentic cooking, and a delicious taste of this family’s history, Ramona’s will not disappoint. 13633 Western Ave, Gardena, CA

5 Taqueria Los Anaya

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Three Mexican brothers (Juan, Manuel, and Gerardo Anaya) came to America with the dream of starting their own family business, specializing in quality authentic Mexican food bursting with flavor. In 2012, their dream was realized with the opening of Taqueria Los Anaya in West Adams. The first word that comes to mind here is “quality.” The brothers clearly take pride in their craft and it shows in the fresh, high-quality ingredients and care that they put into every item on the menu. While the three-taco combo plate, allowing you to move from tasty al pastor to char-grilled carne asada to carnitas braised with citrus zest in one fell swoop, is the crowd favorite, their burritos are also phenomenal. A highly-recommended option is the fried shrimp burrito with an abundance of fresh shrimp, Veracruz claw, and chipotle salsa. 4651 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

4 El Chato Taco Truck

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Enjoy the late night vibes at one of LA’s signature taco trucks. El Chato, on the corner of Olympic and La Brea, serves up one of the greatest versions of the LA burrito. Serving hundreds of patrons a day, this team clearly has their preparation and execution down to a science and do so without slacking on the quality. El Chato’s burrito, pared down from its Northern Californian counterparts, is slender and best filled with finely-diced carne aside or savory al pastor. El Chato’s standout ingredient is their signature salsa roja. This smoky, thick, and hearty burnt orange dream with seeds speckled in for good measure is incomparable to any other salsa out there. Not only do El Chato’s burritos hit the spot, but they also don’t break the bank. At about $5, why not throw in a stellar $1 taco as well? 5300 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA

3 Ray’s BBQ

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This Huntington Park strip mall storefront may surprise you. Tucked inside is a place focusing on central Texas-style barbecue, using prime spice-rubbed brisket that is wood-smoked for hours. Named after the owner and self-taught pit master, Rene “Ray” Ramirez, Ray’s BBQ opened in August of 2014. After selling his specialty barbecue to neighbors and friends from his backyard, Ray started a crowdfunding campaign and through the support of his wife, Anabel, and his community, he was able to open this Texas-centric designed restaurant. While the brisket itself is an absolute must-try, the Brisket Mac Link burrito is incredible. This burrito is a tightly-wrapped enormous tortilla packed with flavorful chunks of Ray’s specialty brisket, mac and cheese, baked beans, and smoked jalapeno-cheddar links. This burrito alone may be worth a trip to LA. 6038 Santa Fe Ave Huntington Park, CA

2 The Great White Hut

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Traces of LA’s past can still be found in places like The Great White Hut. Located on the corner of Orange and California since 1947, this little hut has withstood the test of time. As surrounding businesses have come and gone, The Great White Hut, with white walls and red trim, has stood its ground. Over the years, they have perfected the fine art of burrito making, deftly joining carne asada, beans, cheese, cilantro, and onions into an overflowing tortilla of excellence. Their mega carne asada fries with fries, carne aside, beans, nacho cheese, guacamole, avocado cream , pico de gallo, and spicy salsa are also pretty delicious. Perched up on one of their red stools, with the California sunshine on your back while enjoying a Mexican specialty, is a one-of-a-kind LA experience. 121W California Ave, Glendale, CA

1 Yuca’s Taqueria

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Yuca’s Taqueria is an 8-by-10-foot space originally used as a shoeshine booth. In 1976, Los Feliz, the family matriarch who still runs the stand today, knew it would be enough for her little 10-seat taqueria. Ever since, this charming little shack has been serving memorable food inspired by recipes from her mother’s kitchen back in Merida where she was raised. There are a lot of great options to choose from here, and they’ve virtually been the same options since day one. The chile relleno burrito is especially good here, but the breakfast burrito is also noteworthy. The assortment of Yucatanean hot sauces for your finishing pleasure let you dial up the heat. Los Feliz is not interested in figuring out how to evolve. She’d rather have someone come back after 10 years and order something that tastes exactly as they remembered it. 2056 Hillhurst Ave Los Angeles, CA

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