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Feb 5, 2010 10:06 AM

Best Chile Colorado Burrito?

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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  1. 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

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

      1. re: Moose

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

      2. re: Clinton

        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. 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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          1. 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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            1. re: ronsilverado

              yes, tacos por favor version is excellent

            2. 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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              1. re: degustateur

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

                1. re: degustateur

                  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