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Jul 28, 2008 09:41 PM

Bean and Cheese Burrito [PHX]

Refried beans. Cheese. Tortilla.

The more lard the better.



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  1. Which restaurant in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area serves the tastiest & the best bean and cheese burrito?

      1. re: azhotdish

        There's something wrong, or off, with the refried beans at Ranch Market. It tastes a bit chalky to me for some reason.

        Maybe it's a byproduct of making it in some large, humongous batches.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          It's probably been a couple months since I've eaten there, but I've never noticed that - strange. Sounds like I need to get to Carolina's - still have never been there.

      2. Some of the Food City stores have delis which serve up a pretty good and basic pint of refried beans "to go" for about $1.75. Grab some tortillas, cheese and salsa and make a dozen simple burritos for under $7. For a tad more, you can kick them up a notch with veggies, green chile, etc.

        1. My first thought is Carolina's. Their tortillas are the best in town, and everything else there rocks too. When I go there, I always order WAY more than I could possibly eat and take the rest home for dinner. I don't think I could get a regular bean burro since I've tasted the Oaxaca Special, a burrito filled with refried beans, cheese, potatoes, and chorizo.

          Carolina's Mexican Food Restaurant
          1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

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          1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

            Can't beat Carolina's tortillas. Would definitely concur. I always have to get one with butter just to focus on the tortilla. Always, always, always over-order as well. Can't help it!

            I know Rito's (which I also LOVE) also uses lard in their beans. Super yum!!! Would have to go green chile though. Some folks seem not to be fans but I just don't get it.

            1. re: ccl1111

              I don't agree with the love for Rito's. The touted green chile might as well come from a can -- maybe it does -- and the tortillas? Probably store-bought, in plastic bags. Muy ordinary.

            2. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

              That Oaxaca burrito IS amazing. I'm drawn to it. It's maddening.

              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                I agree, the Carolina's Oaxaca Special is great. Red Chile is great, too. But, I don't think I would ever get a simple bean and cheese at Carolina's. I wish their beans were just a little better. I actually like the beans at my local Los Betos a little better.

                1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                  I grew-up in Phoenix and my family's been going to Carolina's in all its different reincarnations since the early 1970s. We were good friends with Carolina herself, her son Joe and daughter-in-law Phyllis.

                  I have since lived or travelled in 30 countries, and I would have to say that my number one and two cravings, in terms of food, would be Carolina's machaca burritos and Carolina's Oaxaca special.

                  But also the hot sauce. That is a thing of wonder. Over the course of all these years I've converted many people into Carolina fanatics. The food is that amazing. The new one up on Cactus is better IMO.

                  1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                    I actually just tried Carolina's Bean & Cheese burro, because of this post, and it was damn tasty. The beans were flavorful, not at all heavy, the cheese was melted. I usually stick with the Oaxaca and Green Chile, but this is a good back up.

                  2. I have to go with Carolina's also,their "foot long" burrito is beans ,cheese, and chorizo,I have terrible cravings for this one and can't get past it to order anything else.Once in awhile if I'm really hungry I'll add on a taco dorado.
                    Carolina's has it all over Ranch Market in the "Bean and Cheese Burrito" dept. No Contest.