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Best Chile Colorado Burrito?

Moose Feb 5, 2010 10:06 AM

I'm looking for a memorable, even exceptional chile colorado burrito. The kind you never forget and can't get enough of. Sadly, I haven't had one in LA yet, but am open to the possibility. And yes, I've had many a Campos and Tito's burrito. Looking for something better.

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    Clinton Feb 5, 2010 10:29 AM

    I still enjoy the taste of Tito's all meat burrito but just close by on Inglewood and Culver Blvds. is El Abajeno. Their carne burritos for me is just as good or better. I challenge you to finish their El Abajeno burrito which must weigh 5 pounds or better.

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    1. re: Clinton
      Moose Feb 5, 2010 10:50 AM

      Thanks, Clinton. Yes, both Tito's and El Abajeno are good; I'm hoping to find something better.

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        condiment Feb 6, 2010 11:29 AM

        Lupe's #2. The red chile is almost unbearably spicy, but wonderful. Very, very old-school.

      2. re: Clinton
        Hughlipton Feb 7, 2010 12:58 PM

        I had a business partner who I watched kill off a Manuel's burrito in East L.A. and then consume half a Hollenbeck immediately after. You may think I'm kidding, but I'm not, we lost him two days later. Don't do the double dog dares.

      3. Tapeworm Feb 5, 2010 11:24 AM

        I've tried the chile colorado as an entree at Enrique's in Long Beach. Its got a nice smokiness to it that I haven't tasted anywhere else. I ordered it again a few months later at their Bellflower location, but it didn't have the same smokiness to it and not as good.

        6210 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803

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          janetms383 Feb 10, 2010 12:55 PM

          JMHO Erique's is WAY over-rated

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          ronsilverado Feb 6, 2010 07:01 PM

          tacos por favor in santa monica. the pork is very lean, which may or may not be a good thing depending on your taste. but this is my go to item when i am in the neighborhood.

          in somewhat related news, i was watching some show that was visiting el tepeyac, and they revealed that the pork in their "chile verde" (which is inexplicably red) is in fact deep-fried before added to the mix. pondering the caloric/fat content of a hollenbeck is mind numbing. but it might be something to try.

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            la tache burger Feb 7, 2010 09:06 AM

            yes, tacos por favor version is excellent

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            degustateur Feb 6, 2010 08:10 PM

            Intriguing inquiry. I cannot remember the last time that I had, or have even seen a Chile Colorado Burrito. Still, however, there is one from the past that will always come to mind as a favorite of all time – Ramona’s Chile Colorado Burrito - absolutely delicious with a deep, rich flavor. Not the automat or frozen variety, mind you, but the wait in line, made to order one at:

            Ramona's Mexican Food Products
            13633 South Western Avenue
            Gardena, CA 90249-2597
            (323) 321-6041

            The founder, Romana Acosta Bañuelos, has a very laudable biography with an interesting twist on the company name:


            … mmh! Maybe it’s time to go back for a refresher course …

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              Jeryy Feb 7, 2010 12:41 AM

              Panchitos on Lincoln Blvd a few blocks North of Rose has excellent red and green burritos. I also love El Abajeno.

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                DiveFan Feb 8, 2010 04:41 PM

                I'd appreciate a recent report on the burrito (or I'll have to do it myself). I've been going there forever, but have to advise that their crispy tacos have taken a major hit in quality - now using terrible cardboard tasting shells!
                Ms. Banuelos is in her eighties, so maybe some new management is mucking with the recipes....

                16300 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504

                13633 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90249

              2. Dommy Feb 7, 2010 12:16 PM

                My favorite is at Las Trancas in Maywood. I used to eat that Burrito more than I care to admit when I worked in Vernon...


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                  Clinton Feb 7, 2010 05:51 PM

                  When I worked in Vernon many years ago, our lunch wagon at the old Sears plant used to get these burritos from somewhere close by which I can never forget the taste. It was Vern's Lunch Wagon who is probably long gone by now.

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                  LuluTheMagnificent Feb 8, 2010 07:56 AM

                  Try lucy's el adobe IF you are in the area AND have extra $ to blow. I am not sure they make a chile colorado burrito, I tried to google their menu but had no luck. Anyway, I had the chile colorado dinner there and enjoyed it more than campos, el abajeno and tito's. The problem is the dinner was like $18 and for that much money, it wasn't that much better than campos, tito's and el abajeno. It did taste...what's the word... a little more high-end, than the ones I mentioned. But, I am not saying to run out and try it, but do keep it in mind, I'd like to know your thoughts. Report back if you try any of the recommendations on this thread. I'm a chile colorado buritto lover too. I may try tacos por favor and report back as well, since I am working close to it and had planned to visit anyway.

                  1. slowrider Feb 9, 2010 10:03 AM

                    Cuca's on Slauson & Serapis in Pico Rivera.

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                      Neta Feb 9, 2010 07:01 PM

                      Right by the AL 411 and the VFW?

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                        slowrider Feb 10, 2010 06:38 AM

                        I believe so.....I just work in the area...not super familiar w/all that's around there other than food spots.........I think there is a VFW near there.....not sure what AL 411 is.

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                          Neta Feb 10, 2010 09:23 AM

                          Thanx. AL is American Legion

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                        Neta Feb 21, 2010 07:58 AM

                        We just tried Albertos on Slauson just barely east of Rosemead yesterday. The taquitos con guacamole were very very good. 3 taquitos, lots of guacamole, rice and beans for $3.95. Good deal. Tried a potato tacos which was also good. They have ham and eggs for $3.95 which we haven't tried but what a deal if it is as good as the other things we tried. They also feature 10 taquitos with guacamole for $6.95. We aren't talking about the skinny kind with a sliver of meat either. Have you ever tried this place SR?

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                          slowrider Feb 23, 2010 09:16 AM

                          No, I haven't been there yet.......I'll put it on my list. Have you had the potato tacos at El Atacor on Figueroa in Cypress Park? If so, how does Alberto's compare?

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                        Neta Feb 9, 2010 07:00 PM

                        The Mexicatessen on Atlantic Blvd in Monterey Park used to have a great red chile burrito. Haven't been in a while but I know the place still does a good business.

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                        1. re: Neta
                          rickym13 Feb 10, 2010 01:15 PM

                          mexicatessen still makes great all meat red chile burrito

                        2. Servorg Feb 10, 2010 01:58 PM

                          I think Gallegos Mexican Deli does a good one. They also have a killer barbacoa burrito. i like the "all meat" option with just some avocado and salsa added, but YMMV.

                          Anyone had the version at Campos lately? I still go to the location at the corner of 20th St and Pico once in a while for their turkey tacos.


                          Gallegos Mexican Deli
                          12470 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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                            a_and_w Feb 23, 2010 10:37 AM

                            Gallegos is so close to being a truly great burrito. I just wish their pico had a little more kick and that they melted their cheese when they grill the tortilla.

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                            LuluTheMagnificent Dec 5, 2010 11:40 AM

                            Had the Chile Colorado dinner at la serenata de garibaldi yesterday. It was the best I've had yet! $15. If you want rice and beans ask for it, it comes with sweet potatoes and squash. Not the burrito you wanted but maybe they'll make you one.

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