By Eric Twardzik
Burrito from Taqueria El Amigo

It's little wonder that a city known for its college-kid population precipitates a high burrito demand. Whether you're craving carnitas or carne asada, the five spots below are our go-to venues for a hearty and authentic take on this Mexican favorite.

Exterior of Taqueria El Amigo

Cash-only Waltham gem Taqueria El Amigo may be best known for its avocado-topped tacos, but its Pollo Burrito shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s made with the same expertly seasoned, fall-apart-tender shredded chicken used in El Amigo’s tacos and enchiladas, only here it’s rolled up in a flour tortilla alongside rice, beans, and sour cream.

Burrito from Angela's Cafe

The eponymous Angela of Angela’s Café has nearly a half-century of cooking experience rooted in Mexico’s Puebla region. 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. While it’s busy by definition, this cafe has two locations in East Boston—one in Eagle Hill, the other in Orient Heights—doubling your opportunities to catch this authentic treat.

Habanero Mexican Grill

Burrito from Habanero Mexican Grill

The name of humble Allston spot Habanero Mexican Grill isn’t for nothing: Burritos are placed on the grill for a minute before serving, heating up their contents to that perfect, melty temperature before serving. Our go-to is the beef burrito, which mixes tender and flavorful pieces of carne asada with pico de gallo, salsa verde, and guacamole.

Exterior of Chilacates

With two outposts in Jamaica Plain, relative newcomer Chilacates is slowly building a Mexican street food empire of its own. Some of that success can be chalked up to its authentic take on carne asada, which comes in a burrito with rice, beans, and pico de gallo. If you’d like to enjoy its grilled, meaty goodness without the double dose of carbs, request your burrito “naked” and get it in a bowl instead.

Burrito from Taqueria El Jalisco

If you’d rather not mess with airline food, plan ahead and visit Taquería Jalisco before your next long-distance flight. The casual East Boston eatery is down the street from the Airport T stop, and its house-special carnitas burrito makes for an ultra-satisfying portable meal. Eat-in diners can take pick between the three types of homemade salsa Jalisco serves with each meal.

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