10 Burritos That Only America Would Eat

10 Burritos That Only America Would Eat

August 31, 2019 43 By Bertrand Dibbert


Who doesn’t love Mexican food? From tacos
to quesadillas to enchiladas, you really can’t go wrong. Throw in a margarita and you’ve
got yourself a party. Burritos in particular are a major crowd pleaser and a staple of
Mexican cuisine. They’ve earned international popularity, which has resulted in many restaurants,
Mexican or otherwise, taking liberties with the recipe. As a result, some pretty interesting
versions of the classic dish have popped up in restaurants all over America. Prepare for
a gastronomical adventure as we delve into some of the craziest burritos out there. 10
Burritos that could only be found in America. Manuels Special Burrito (aka the 5 pound burrito) Found in Los Angeles, the El Tepeyac Cafe
is known for it’s Hollenbeck Burrito but it is famous for its Manuels Special Burrito.
This burrito is anything but a finger food. Its pork stuffing and chili sauce topping
definitely make it a messier meal, but what really makes this burrito stand out is its
size. The 5 pound burrito’s dimensions may be comparable to those of a newborn baby.
If you’re ever faced with the opportunity to chow down on this monstrosity, be sure
to bring some friends along for back up, because you may find that your eyes are quite a bit
bigger than your stomach. Technically this massive burrito is intended to feed 2 – 4
people but if you’re brave enough to finish it yourself, you will have completed the legendary
5 pound challenge. Size aside, Manuels Special Burrito is definitely one of the more classic
variations of the burrito to earn a place on this list, as it contains rice, beans,
fresh guacamole and its chili verde topping, which are pretty traditional in terms of burrito
ingredients. They’re just present in much greater amounts than usual, so only order
the Manuels Special Burrito if you’re feeling particularly famished. California Burrito Due to the name, the California Burrito may
bring to mind the beloved, but admittedly basic, California sushi roll. However, the
list of things they have in common is pretty short. They both have avocado, in one form
or another, and that’s about it. Surprisingly, the California Burrito doesn’t even have
rice, which is one of the most frequently occurring components in both burritos and
sushi. So, if not for its ingredients, why is this burrito called the California Burrito?
Namely because that’s where it originated. Since this burrito contains neither rice nor
black beans, you may be wondering what sort of carbohydrate rich base can be found inside.
The answer, as shocking as it may be, is french fries. Take a minute to process that. Apparently,
this burrito is highly praised for being well-mixed, meaning that you’ll get the perfect combination
of all the ingredients with each mouthful. In other words, you’ll get a french fry
with every bite. You’d think the fries would get pretty soggy after being mixed in with
all the other fillings, so it’s probably a good idea to eat this burrito quickly, before
the fries have the chance to soak up even more juices. While the California Burrito
seems a little out there, quite honestly, it might just work. If anything, it would
probably make for really great drunk food. Camaronera Style Burrito La Camaronera is a Miami based restaurant
known for being home to what is not only the best burrito in the city, but one of the best
burritos in the country. What is this famed burrito, you ask? It’s called the Camaronera
Style Burrito, and its recipe is unusual, but delicious at the same time. With a warm
tortilla wrapped around fried shrimp and topped with melted cheese, the Camaronera Style Burrito
is perfect for cheese lovers and seafood lovers alike. You might not think the two ingredients
would pair well, but considering the burritos ranking as one of the best in America, it’s
pretty clear that they do. You’ll see a lot of weird combinations on this list, and instead
of turning up our noses at them, we should embrace them for the out-of-the-box thinking
they represent. With its bright yellow and orange accents, this burrito is one of the
more aesthetically pleasing entries on this list and would do wonders to spice up any
foodie’s Instagram. No trip to Miami is complete without a visit to La Camaronera,
so be sure to stop by if you ever have the chance. Seriously, how can you pass up the
opportunity to try what just might be a culinary masterpiece? Deep-Fried Chocolate Chip Burrito Having a burrito for lunch or dinner is pretty
normal, and even breakfast burritos have become a thing, but prepare to have your world turned
upside down by this dessert burrito. This burrito is unique in that it’s not savory
or spicy, but sweet. Actually, it’s so sweet that it probably has the power to instantly
create cavities with a single bite. The Deep-Fried Chocolate Chip Burrito has a pretty self-explanatory
title – it’s quite literally a flour tortilla wrapped around deep-fried chocolate chip cookie
dough, topped with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and a sprinkle of icing sugar. Alternatively,
it can be described as diabetes wrapped in a heart attack with a drizzle of high cholesterol
on top, but that’s beside the point. This burrito was one of the many high-calorie treats
on the menu at the 2013 Texas State Fair, and can’t be found elsewhere, meaning that
your odds of ever getting to try this delicacy are pretty low. Which, on one hand, is kind
of sad, but, on the other, is probably much better for everyone’s health in the long
run. The concept of a dessert burrito is an interesting one, and we’re definitely here
for it. There are so many different desserts out there, and it would be very cool to see
what kind of creative dishes can be produced in combining them with burritos. Octopus Burrito Octopus is an insanely polarizing food. Many
adventurous foodies live for the stuff, while a lot of more conservative eaters wouldn’t
touch it with a ten-foot pole. If you fall into the former category, odds are you would
love the Octopus Burrito. My Ceviche in Miami isn’t the only restaurant to sell burritos
with an octopus filling, but they’re definitely one of the more popular ones. It’s really
shaping up to look like Miami is the place to go if you’re on the lookout for crazy
burritos. Some restaurants, like My Ceviche, go pretty light on the other toppings, with
octopus really being the star of the show. Others, like Coyo Taco (which, surprise, surprise,
is also located in Miami), fill their burritos with less octopus, but include larger portions
of other fillings, such as rice, beans and queso. Another major difference between these
two restaurants is that, while My Ceviche serves grilled octopus, Coyo Taco serves it
fried. Both sound amazing, so you really can’t go wrong here. All in all, the Octopus Burrito
is an incredibly versatile dish, so, as long as you like octopus, you should have no trouble
finding a version of this burrito that you’ll absolutely fall in love with. Borscht Burrito In terms of fusion foods, Russian-Mexican
cuisine probably isn’t the first combination that comes to mind. It seems unlikely that
anyone would even think to combine the two kinds of food, let alone that any fusion between
them would actually be edible. And yet, Sasha Shor, the owner of Tres Carnes in New York
City, made it happen. Borscht is a traditional Eastern European soup made of beetroot, that
can be served either hot or cold. Like the burrito, it has a pretty strong fanbase of
its own, but the idea of fusing the two dishes seems a bit ridiculous. Yet somehow the Borscht
Burrito was born. Even more surprising is the fact that it’s apparently a roaring success.
Tres Carnes is known for having some of the best burritos in New York City, so if anyone
could pull it off, it’s definitely Sasha Shor and her team. What exactly is going on
in this burrito? It contains Russian pilaf style rice, 16-hour smoked brisket, beet pico
de gallo, cabbage slaw, sweet and sour roasted tomato salsa, sour cream, and fresh dill,
all wrapped in a tortilla and fried in butter. That sounds absolutely delicious, so we tip
our hats to Tres Carnes after achieving the impossible with this one, and doing it in
style, because isn’t that just the prettiest burrito you’ve ever seen? Unfortunately if
you want to try this Mexican mash-up, you’re out of luck since the restaurant closed in
2017. But keep an eye out for Sasha Shor’s future projects and possibly the resurrection
of this burrito. Phorrito You know those days when you just can’t
decide between two of your favorite foods? Well if one of those foods happens to be pho
and the other is burritos, the Phorrito makes for the perfect compromise. It’s a very
specific hypothetical situation, but it could happen. This creation came to be in a California
restaurant called Komodo, when, according to the restaurant’s website, Chef Erwin
Tjahyadi got sick of requests for an Asian fusion soup. In his frustration, he developed
the idea for a kind of broth-less pho. This story may be nothing more than a publicity
stunt, but, either way, we like it. As crazy as it sounds, this burrito actually seems
like it would taste pretty amazing. It contains rice noodles, sliced ribeye, Thai basil, jalapenos,
onions, siracha and hoisin sauce. Basically, if you like pho, you’ll probably like this.
By combining soup and burritos, they’ve graced us with the ultimate comfort food. Let’s
take a minute to thank everyone who pestered Chef Tjahyadi for soup, because, while they
got the exact opposite of what they asked for, it turned out to be pretty awesome. Cap’n Crunch-Crusted Tilapia Burrito Brace yourselves for this one. Cucina Zapata,
a famous food truck in Philadelphia, caters to college undergrads. Their menu is incredibly
diverse, including elements of Mexican and Thai cuisine, and, apparently, American breakfast
cereals. Yeah, you heard that right. This burrito, which they’ve been selling since
their opening in 2011, is dubbed the Cap’n Crunch-Crusted Tilapia Burrito, in part due
to the fact that it contains deep fried filets that have been breaded with the iconic cereal.
The remaining ingredients are more conventional, such as red cabbage, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes
and siracha mayo. The key to this burrito’s success (other than the fact that it’s primarily
sold to college students who will eat just about anything) is the fact that they don’t
overdo it on the cereal breading. It adds just enough sweetness and crunch to make things
interesting. Considering the amount of effort that went into developing this burrito, it’s
not surprising that it works so well. A lot of time and energy went into discovering the
perfect funky breading. It took a while for them to land on Cap’n Crunch, and they ran
several trials using the crumbs of other potential candidates, including Doritos, Corn Flakes
and Cheez-Its. In the end, Cap’n Crunch was the one to complement the other ingredients
best, and therefore it came out on top. Ramenrito Like the Phorrito, the Ramenrito is a noodle
soup that has been converted into burrito form. And much like with the Phorrito, we’ve
questioned this decision a lot. What sets these burritos apart is that, while the Phorrito
has a lot of interesting components to it, with the noodles being almost a complementary
touch, the Ramenrito is far less elegant, relying heavily on the ramen noodles, which
make up the majority of the burrito’s filling. Bob Ramen, a Connecticut based restaurant
specializing in ramen, released this innovative burrito as a way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo,
and throughout the day it was given away for free. The initial release of the Ramenrito
was so successful that it was eventually added to the menu permanently. Let’s take a closer
look at what’s going on inside this burrito, shall we? As previously stated, ramen noodles
make up the bulk of the filling, but inside the Ramenrito you’ll also find scallions,
bamboo shoots, nori and garlic paste. You’re also given your choice of protein. Since no
ramen is complete without the broth, you’re given some on the side to dip your burrito
into. The noodles in this may be a pretty terrible yellow colour, but you shouldn’t
judge this burrito based on appearance alone. The Ramenrito should definitely be on every
ramen lover’s bucket list. Doughnut Burrito It might sound like another dessert burrito,
along the same vein as the Deep-Fried Chocolate Chip Burrito — which, for the record, would
have been amazing — but the Doughnut Burrito is actually classified as a breakfast food.
As the name implies, glazed doughnuts are one of the key ingredients, but what is less
obvious is the fact that it contains eggs, salsa and a protein of your choosing. What
they were going for here was a full-scale brunch wrapped up in a flour tortilla, with
the doughnut pieces mimicking the texture of home fries. Maybe that makes sense? However,
it seems like a doughnut would do a better job of replacing pancakes or French toast
than replacing potatoes, especially since it’s glazed, meaning that it would add a sweetness
similar to that of maple syrup. Regardless, an egg and salsa covered doughnut still sounds
a bit like culinary blasphemy. But, hey, when it comes to food, you’ve got to keep an
open mind, and this burrito actually has some pretty great reviews. Despite its less than
appetizing appearance, the Doughnut Burrito might just be the superior breakfast food.
It’s unlikely, but not impossible, so don’t knock it ‘till you’ve tried it. What crazy burrito would you want to try?
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