The late founder of Angela’s Café moved to East Boston with decades of cooking experience rooted in Mexico’s Puebla region, and now her family has two restaurants that showcase her recipes. One of the best expressions of Puebla’s unique flavors is the Pastor Burrito, which features roasted pork and fresh pineapple in a rich adobo sauce. We also love the zesty Poblano Burrito, with chorizo sautéed with peppers and onions; and the chipotle-spiced beef Tinga Burrito.
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It's little wonder that a city known for its college-kid population has a high demand for burritos. Boston delivers with easy-to-eat—and even easier-to-love—tortilla-wrapped meals made with fresh and flavorful ingredients. Whether you're craving carnitas, rice and beans, or guac' that doesn't make you feel extra, check out our favorite spots for burritos in Boston.
Habanero Mexican Grill
The name of this humble Allston spot isn’t for nothing: at Habanero Mexican Grill, burritos go for a spin on the grill for a minute before serving so the tortilla gets a little crispy and a layer of cheese is heated up to a perfect, melty temperature. Our go-to is the Beef Barbacoa Burrito, which mixes slightly tangy, ever-so spicy pieces of carne asada with black beans, rice, pico de gallo, salsa verde, sour cream, and guacamole.
With six outposts in Jamaica Plain and other Boston neighborhoods, Chilacates quickly established a Mexican street food empire of its own. Some of its success can be chalked up to massive Burritos, a popular option on the mix-and-match menu. We love the spicy Chicken Tinga, rich Carnitas, and sweet and meaty Al Pastor, but we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: You really can’t go wrong at Chilacates. Carb avoiders can even opt for a “Naked Burrito” (Bowl).
If you’d rather not mess with airline food, plan ahead before your next long-distance flight out of Logan Airport to visit Taquería Jalisco (it’s just down the street from the Airport stop on the Blue Line). The house-special Carnitas Burrito Grande from this quick and casual East Boston eatery makes for a portable meal that’s super satisfying. Eat-in diners can pick between the three types of homemade salsa Jalisco serves with every meal.
Taqueria El Amigo
Hole-in-the-wall Waltham gem Taqueria El Amigo may be best known for its avocado-topped tacos, but the burritos shouldn’t be overlooked by fans of Mexican food. The fall-apart-tender shredded chicken used in El Amigo’s tacos and enchiladas is expertly seasoned. And the offal is next-level, if that’s your jam: Both the Lengua (tongue) Cabeza (beef cheek) are tender and flavorful. Take them to go if the few seats inside are already claimed.
For more than 20 years, Greater Boston has known authentic Mexican cuisine thanks to Villa Mexico Cafe. This weekday-only shop in the Financial District grills its loaded burritos, which makes the tortillas pleasantly crispy—and imparts a nice toastiness enhanced by Villa Mexico’s smoky, house-made salsas. Pick your preferred protein; when we’re especially hungry, we love the Mole Poblano, a a sweet-and-savory signature with tender chicken.
Jacqueline Cain updated this guide.