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Every American city has their preferred way of waking up. As for Coloradans, our early rising, on-the-go lifestyle is often fueled by our favorite bundles of eggs, greasy meat, and fiery green chile—our beloved breakfast burritos.
Scarfing down one of these savory, tin-foil wrapped tortilla treasures is a storied tradition of starting any Mile High morning, and there are countless roadside stands, neighborhood food trucks, and family-run eateries serving up these essential Centennial State bites as fuel with every sunrise. In fact, they’re so ubiquitous, it’s nearly impossible to tread every single breakfast burrito pitstop, let alone narrow down the best burrito of them all. But to help you navigate on your morning (or mid-afternoon) quest for the quintessential munchies, we’ve rounded up (in no particular order) 10 of our favorite, tried-and-true places to grab breakfast burritos that are as convenient as they are downright delicious.
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Editor’s Note: This list of best breakfast burritos, which was last updated on June 28, 2022, only features burritos that are available for takeout/to go. Did we miss your favorite? Email us at email@example.com.
Big Mama’s Burritos
Potatoes are a breakfast burrito staple, so if you’re not into the starchy tubers, you may think the a.m. meal isn’t for you. Big Mama’s Burritos in Westminster, however, is here to make you reconsider: We’d argue that the converted-gas-station shop’s morning eats are actually better when you swap the relatively bland potato for the flavorful (if messy) bean blend. If you don’t like the idea of an intact sausage link, opt for bacon, chorizo, ham, shredded pork or beef, or steak; you can also choose from mild, medium, and hot green chile. Some complain that the sign outside advertising “$2 breakfast burritos” is misleading, since all that gets you is egg inside your tortilla. But we appreciate the plethora of build-your-own options—especially since a fully loaded torpedo will still only cost you around $6. 3190 W. 72nd Ave —Jessica LaRusso
For nearly 20 years, Burrito Express has satisfied visitors to the Alameda Square shopping center in Lakewood with fast-casual Mexican fare. Whether you step foot in the diner-inspired, mural-clad interior or go for the speedy drive-thru experience, you’ll have a menu of eight mouth-watering breakfast burritos to choose from. Opt for the machaca burrito—a tortilla stuffed with northern Mexico–style beef that’s dried like jerky and then rehydrated, ensuring a perfectly concentrated balance of flavors—that is then tossed with green peppers, onions, tomatoes, and eggs. Pair it with a delightfully sweet horchata that is brewed in-house, or choose one of the fruit-forward drinks like the jamaica, a hibiscus flower tea. 12792 W. Alameda Pkwy., Suite A —Barbara Urzua
While changes in ownership can make loyal restaurant regulars nervous, Bonfire Burritos has only improved since four friends and Golden natives purchased the business from the original owner in 2013. What started out as a beloved yellow trailer on South Golden Road has evolved into a charming brick-and-mortar location complete with a sunny patio and a full bar. For a sweet and spicy start to the day, order the Javelina—a giant flour tortilla stuffed with chorizo, crispy hash browns, grilled pineapple, and cotija cheese, and drizzled with green chile and a tangy jalapeño-pineapple crema. Pair it with one of the 20 ales, stouts, or ciders on tap for the perfect start to a bright weekend morning. 2221 Ford St. —BU
Thoughtfully-prepared dishes featuring locally sourced meats are the draw at Blackbelly restaurant and market, and the breakfast burritos are no exception. In fact, the staple is only available Monday through Friday, 7–11 a.m. at the market and is so popular that call-in orders aren’t accepted. We crave the Butchers option, a tortilla-snuggled masterpiece layered with farm-fresh eggs, chef Hosea Rosenberg’s famous house-made green chile (which we also love mixed with his red chile in the breakfast burritos at nearby Santo), tater tots, cheese—and head butcher Kelly Kawachi’s choice of meat. Her past selections have included chorizo, carnitas, bacon, braised beef, sausage, and meat lovers (a holy trinity of beef, pork and lamb). Bonus: Pop by on a Friday morning when fresh-made doughnuts are available to complement your burrito with a sweet treat. 1606 Conestoga St., Boulder —Patricia Kaowthumrong
Every Saturday and Sunday until 1 p.m., this Colorado-based Mexican chain offers its giant build-your-own burritos in breakfast form, wrapped in a fresh tortilla with eggs, greasy country-style potatoes, and your choice of fixings from finely-ground chorizo, crispy bacon, beans, and a veggie medley. Top off your mix with the pork green chile, and determine your level of kick with several house-made salsas—from the milder tomatillo verde to the smokin’ house hot infused with roasted chiles de arbol. If you’re feeling extra saucy, opt to add queso. And don’t be afraid to dream big: No matter how many ingredients you choose, this burrito will be one of the largest helpings you’ll find around the city—and it will actually stay tightly wrapped for mobile munching, too. Various locations —Madi Skahill
The difference is all in the name at this beloved bright red beacon on South Broadway, where its “jalapeño-style” breakfast specials are served all day alongside other smothered lunchtime platters—so you definitely won’t be the only person in their drive-thru lane ordering one of the crave-worthy breakfast burritos come afternoon. For a truly sublime experience for your tastebuds, we recommend upgrading the restaurant’s traditional burrito experience (eggs, potatoes, cheese, and green chile) with its house “jalapeño-style” flair (includes largely diced tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños). Choose from any of the eight protein options, from bacon to ham to steak to “soy-rizo,” but our go-to pick is the carnitas. Or if you simply can’t decide on a meat, opt for one of the specialty breakfast burritos, like the “Mexican Feral”—a jalepeño-style burrito with chorizo, carnitas, and bacon. Whatever you go for, the noticeably fresh ingredients create a perfect morning punch—all made to your preference of heat level: mild, medium, or hot. 3120 S. Broadway —MS
La Abeja Restaurant
La Abeja Restaurant is an unassuming pocket of East Colfax Avenue perhaps only known to Cap Hill regulars. But if you’re on the market for a grab-and-go breakfast along that infamous stretch, the burritos come two ways: smothered under green chile and shredded cheddar cheese, or “handheld.” We like the latter, when the liquid goodness is poured heavily into the steaming pile of potatoes, eggs, and your choice of ham, chorizo, or bacon. The bacon and potatoes—thinly sliced and fried separately—maintain the perfect crisp even after a drowning of cheese and sauce. 508 E. Colfax —Philip Clapham
La Fuente Restaurant
Whether we’re heading west for a hike, a fat-tire trail ride, or a ski day, the promise of a breakfast burrito from La Fuente Restaurant is what motivates us to get out of bed and on the road. The longstanding north Denver staple, located just off Federal Boulevard about a half-mile south of I-70, opens at 7 a.m. and stretches supple flour tortillas around soft chunks of potato, stringy melted cheese, perfectly spicy green chile, and your choice of meat. (We like the extra heat from the greasy-in-the-best-way chorizo.) Call ahead to order one of the hefty handheld beauties—just $5.75 apiece—for pickup from the always-friendly staff. We try to wait until we’re on the highway to peel back the foil and sink our teeth in, but we rarely make it that far. 3023 W. 44th Ave, #1409 —JL
Uptown & Union Station
This eatery may be known for its more sophisticated scratch-made breakfast and brunch offerings, but its burrito isn’t any less comforting than your favorite hole-in-the-wall. In fact, Onefold’s colossal, available-all-day breakfast burrito is basically to die for, wrapped in a handmade tortilla and packed to the brim with eggs, duck fat–fried potatoes, asadero cheese, green chile, and a selection of pork from Denver-based Tender Belly. (Might we suggest their maple or habanero bacon?) The belly-warming pork green chile mixed inside means you can forget any worries of missing out on smothered flavored—but the sheer size also means things get messy quick if you’re trying to eat it handheld, so be warned. For a serious bang for your buck, order during 7 a.m.–9 a.m. “happy hour” to snag the burrito at less than half-price ($6.50). And wash it all down with a cup of their popular Vietnamese iced coffee or iced chai latte. 1420 E. 18th Ave.; 1919 19th St. —MS
Santiago’s Mexican Restaurant
With more than two dozen locations across the Front Range, this local staple has been a Mile High favorite for over 30 years—and when biting into one of their trusty breakfast joints, it’s easy to see why. Stop by to grab one (or several) of Santiago’s cheap, grab-and-go breakfast burritos filled with scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, and the rotating meat of the day (or, for an additional charge, your protein of choice.) Sprinkle in any extras of your liking, from cheese to chicharrónes to guac, sour cream, and beyond. But don’t forget the star of the show: Santiago’s famed scratch-made pork green chile, made fresh with painstaking care early every morning. Various locations —MS
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