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Nov 6, 2010 07:34 AM

Taco or burrito - what is your preference?

EVERYTHING else being equal (I've been in enough CH pissing contests), what do you prefer.

I prefer tacos.

For the same number of calories/stomach fullness you can experience a greater variety of flavors (due to relative size) and styles.

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  1. For the most part, I'm a taco person.
    HOWEVER, if I go to one of my taquerias that really specialize in one thing, I'll go the burrito route.Sadly, I live in an area with an absolute ton of taquerias, but very VERY few of them do multiple things really well, IMO. I have a place where the chicken is stellar, but anything else is horrid. A place where the pastor is incredible, but everything else is vile. Only a handful of these places serve carne asada al carbon, so those are my steak joints. I guess I'm lucky to have so many options, but I'd love to have one place that does everything really well.

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    1. re: gordeaux

      For the most part, I too am a taco person, for the same reasons at the OP.
      HOWEVER, a local place, Casa Caliente, serves an amazing chicharone burrito w/ a fresh green chile sauce that has become a recent favorite.
      When we visit our daughter in Austin, Taco Journalism is my bible and taco trucks my place of worship.Praise the Lord, tacos al pastor, here I come!

      1. re: Passadumkeg

        If ever in Austin here's a good link:
        There is also The Taco Bitch in LA.

          1. re: mariacarmen

            Only the select few are in the know.

      1. I prefer a burrito. Crunchy is probably my favorite texture, but the crunch of a taco can be a bit much, since it can break apart the vessel and lead to spillage, not to mention that it can be unruly to hold.

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          1. re: ediblover

            I assumed OP was talking about soft tacos. No? Actually what is the difference between a soft taco and a burrito? I think we do hybrids. Small corn tortilla, open faced (til picked up), but we add rice and beans. Help please.

            1. re: ediblover

              The corn tortillas on tacos have no crunch. Do you mean Taco Bell??? Them's not tacos.

              1. re: Passadumkeg

                I much prefer soft tacos, but there is one locally owned non-chain place that does crunchy tacos. I crave them maybe once a year.

                1. re: Glencora

                  I know when I make tacos myself, I sometime will fry the tortillas a bit on the crunchy side, if there is grease left on the comal. Usually I just heat up the corn tortillas on the hot comal and fill.

                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                    For the last month or so I've been able to get fresh corn tortillas. Hurray! I just put a tiny bit of lard in a skillet. They get the occasional bit of crisp but definitely not so much that it can't be folded for eating.

                2. re: Passadumkeg

                  I mean tacos dorados..thems are tacos and thems have crunch. I like both...just don't fry my burrito. :)

                  1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                    Just checked Diana Kennedy and she shows tacos de papa which is done the way yours are except filled with mashed potatoes! Mmm. She does a couple more fried like that. Definitely a form of taco. Sounds good.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      OMG, tacos de papa either folded and fried and rolled and fried rock. We've got a local place that has one of the best tacos duro de pure de papa that I have ever eaten on either side of the border. Absolutely define. Some of our local taquerias also do 5 rolled tacos (aka taquitos) with guacamole as a lunch special for $2.99 or $3.99. Calorie and fat bombs for sure, but, unforutnately, pretty darn tasty too.

                      1. re: DiningDiva

                        Kinda like a Mexican samosa (?sp).

                        1. re: c oliver

                          No, not really. The folded and fried taco with mashed potatoes is actually more like a regular hard shell stuffed taco (made from a corn tortilla, not a prefab shell)

                          Here's the web site - Even though the tacos in the video currently running on the front page of the site are fish, the Empapapdos look very similar. Tacos are the only thing on the menu here. His grill chicken soft tacos and tacos pibil are also exceptional, but I have a hard time getting past the empapados

                          1. re: DiningDiva

                            I was being a bit tongue in cheek. Or is that lingua? I can get fresh corn tortillas and will be trying this/these.

                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                Sorry, I get my (poor) Spanish and Portuguese confused regularly :)

                              2. re: c oliver

                                Oops, sorry I missed it :-). Electronic media has no nuances <sigh>

                        2. re: c oliver

                          One of my other favorites, after the dorados. I know what I'm having for lunch today.

                    2. re: ediblover

                      I prefer Burrito too- you can add together so many more flavors in a burrito compared to taco's-- and well, one fills you right up!

                      1. re: Boulder_Eats

                        "one fills you right up!"

                        Yes, that's the problem. If I order 2/3 tacos, they can all have different fillings.

                    3. I'm a taco guy (crunchy or soft), but a nice carne guisada burrito is mighty tough to beat.

                      PS--AFAIC, the differences between a soft taco and a burrito are that a burrito is made exclusively with a flour tortilla, while a soft taco can be made with flour or corn; a burrito is folded in a fashion that seals both ends while a taco is simply folded in half; a taco usually included fresh, shredded lettuce and diced tomato while a burrito does not. Inevitably, there are exceptions to the above, but they are, I believe, rare enough not to vitiate the rules.

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                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

                        I'm used to tacos w/out the lettuce and tomato, but w/ onion & celantro. The "salad tacos" are sometimes referred to a "gringo tacos" by Mexican Nationals.

                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                          I don't do lettuce and tomato but do use rice, whole beans (just tiny amounts), sliced avo's if we have 'em and cheese. But it's definitely not folded like a burrito and it's smallish corn tortillas. For lack of a better term, I'm still callin' 'em tacos.

                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                            The tacos I've gotten in Mexico (western Sonora) tend to have cabbage on them, never lettuce.

                            And corn tortillas, otherwise it's a burro IMO

                            1. re: EWSflash

                              I make tacos at home frequently and always use shredded cabbage. Whole pintos, tomatoes from my garden in season, the cabbage, cheese for those who want it, salsa, meat occasionally. Never rice.

                              There is nothing traditional about that combination, though, since cabbage is not native to the Americas and AFAIK there was no pre-Colombian cheese making going on. If anyone does know about that, please post.

                              1. re: susans

                                Shredded cabbage has evolved into somewhat of a standard with fish tacos. In Mexico, sacks of cabbages can be stored for lengths of time at room temp. without occupying scarce refrigerator space.

                        2. You need to be more explicit about the two (or more) types.

                          At the taquerias and taco trucks in my area burritos are of the Mission type - large, filled with meat of your choice, rice and beans. Taco del Mar is larger than the taqueria ones.

                          Tacos, on the other hand, are small, one or two small corn tortillas, with just the meat, and a garnish of chopped onion and cilantro. A typical order would be 3 or 4.

                          Some also have tortas, pressed sandwiches with the same choices of meat.

                          At home, though, I use flour tortillas, wrapped around almost anything (deli meat, cheese, chocolate, etc).
                          I prefer tacos with assorted meats or the torta. Haven't ordered a burrito in years.

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                          1. re: paulj

                            I think the op was explicit and most agree w/ your explanition.

                            1. re: paulj

                              Probably I love carbs and the way I like my burrito is sans meat of any kind but just the refried beans and cheese, scallions with a small ladlefull of red sauce and a couple of black olives. They are dry and stick to your throat my husband always says but hot out of the kitchen,way bigger than I can even think of eating, but I always know half will come home with me for tomorrow. I'm not speaking of enchilada's either that I would say are covered in red or green sauce, just a small amount or even completely dry like featured at Tico's taco's in Simi Valley but I digress......................... < sooooo good and their salsa, stop it!!!