Handheld, filling, customizable and delicious, burritos were invented in Mexico, but they've been adopted north of the border as classic American fare. Whether at a great Mexican restaurant or a cool food truck, every single state in the country has burritos that are inexpensive, but also delicious. Every entry on this list has earned a place both in the bottom two price tiers — one or two dollar signs — and the top two quality tiers — four or five stars — in term of online reviews. Here are America's greatest, cheapest burritos.
ALABAMA: LOS DOS HERMANOS TACO TRUCK
You'll have to brave the Alabama sun to enjoy the culinary heaven served up out of the big, red Los Dos Hermanos Taco Truck — it is, after all a taco truck. But you can rest assured, it will all be worth it. The chicken burritos just might be the best thing to come out of the truck, but for non-meat eaters, the vegetarian burrito is as good as any you'll find in the state.
ALASKA: BURRITO FACTORY
Bacon, reindeer, and chorizo burritos are among the hottest sellers at Burrito Factory. Beloved by locals, the place is hidden away inside of a gas station, which makes it hard to spot unless you're a local in the know or a lucky outsider who happens to stumble upon the place while filling up on gas — then you can fill up on burritos, most of which cost less than $10.
ARIZONA: KISS POLLOS ESTILO SINALOA
You could easily walk right past this small, nondescript shop tucked away in a working-class Phoenix neighborhood — but don't make that mistake. In the world of amazing, cheap burritos, Kiss Pollos Estilo Sinaloa stands out, even in a Latin-infused border state where the locals are spoiled by a seemingly endless selection of great burritos. For $5.25, it's hard to go wrong.
ARKANSAS: TAQUERIA EL PALENQUE
Like so many of America's choicest burrito joints, reviewers expressed hesitation about even walking into Taqueria El Palenque because it looked like "a hole in the wall," in the words of one recent convert. Out of that hole in the wall, however, comes not just some of the best burritos in Arkansas, but arguably the state's best Mexican food in general. Think shrimp burritos under $10.
CALIFORNIA: EL TEPEYAC
It's not that the burritos at El Tepeyac are particularly cheap, it's that they're so big, it generally takes two people to finish one, which makes them half price by default. TripAdvisor fans rave about the size, but also the sheer quality — many call it the best burrito in the burrito mecca of Los Angeles. Manuel's Special Burrito weighs in at over 5 pounds, according to El Tepeyac, but a competitive eating competition that includes the house favorite as a challenge lists the gargantuan delicacy at 4.5 pounds.
COLORADO: TAQUERIA LA FAMILIA
The Taqueria La Familia is known for service that's as good as the burritos — and the burritos are good. This small, no frills restaurant get praise for its low prices, its authentic flavors and its numerous vegetarian options.
CONNECTICUT: RIO BRAVO
If you're ever in Fairfield and you can't decide between fajitas and burritos — don't worry, you don't have to choose. The fajita burritos — both chicken and steak — are among the dishes that garner the most praise at Rio Bravo. Burritos, of course, come first, but if you ever swing back for a return trip, the Marco Polo taco platter is a Rio Bravo signature dish that lives up to the hype.
DELAWARE: EL DIABLO BURRITOS
At Trolley Square, you'll find El Diablo Burritos, and at El Diablo Burritos you'll find the short rib and goat cheese burrito with red pepper walnut sauce — or pineapple-habanero sauce, if you prefer, along with prices starting under $10. No matter what you choose, the price is fantastic when tallied against the gargantuan heft of the portions.
FLORIDA: ANTOJITOS MEXICANOS TENORIO
Like so many great burrito joints, Antojitos Mexicanos Tenorio is tiny, cramped and nondescript. If you're looking for ambiance, there's plenty of that in other parts of Miami — you visit Antojitos for the burritos. They're delicious, enormous and cheap — the locals boast about loading up on a burrito, a taco, chips, and a soda for inside $10.
GEORGIA: TACOS LA VILLA
More than a few locals have reported not being able to finish a burrito that they scored for around $6 at Tacos La Villa. But they're not just cheap and filling, they're cheap and really good. But that could be said for most of the menu, which is why the place is crowded and busy, even though it's tucked away in a strip mall.
HAWAII: THYDA'S TACOS
Some of the greatest burritos in Hawaii are served not in a Mexican restaurant but from a taco truck on Queen Street. According to loyal locals, the burritos at Thyda's Tacos are, in a word, "killer." With fried cheese in the bottom, the burritos are pressed to create a crunchy crust. There are as many options as there are personal preferences, but the jackfruit vegetarian burritos are among the finest meatless Mexican food you'll ever eat.
IDAHO: TAQUERIA LA FLAMA
At Taqueria La Flama, the green salsa is so thick and chunky that you might mistake it for guacamole. The wet chicken burrito is a fan favorite, but it's hard to find a reviewer who claims anything on the menu is less than a five-star experience. When you're looking at prices, keep in mind that one reviewer reminds the hungry masses that "'regular' means gigantic."
ILLINOIS: TACO & BURRITO EXPRESS #3
A family-run business known for its fresh ingredients and friendly service, Taco & Burrito Express #3 is "possibly the best Mexican food in Chicago," according to one Yelp reviewer. The masses seem to concur. A few naysayers judge every burrito they eat by the standard of the burrito mecca of the San Francisco Mission District, but even the burrito snobs gave the place four stars because Taco & Burrito Express is so superior to the regional options.
INDIANA: BURRITO JOINT
The Burrito Joint in Indianapolis is known for hefty burritos and classic Mexican street food. The eats are cheap, which has earned the place a solid stable of regulars. Some reviews on Yelp griped about the fact that the place is cash only, so hit an ATM before you head over.
IOWA: BANDIT BURRITO
The Bandit Burrito boldly declares that "chef Robert Moore prepares over 35 items for you to custom build the best burrito of your life!" Everything, including the meat, salsa and burrito fillings are made fresh in house, and the restaurant asks, "Where else can you get a made-from-scratch family meal for four, for under 20 dollars?"
KANSAS: LOS COMPADRES MEXICAN GRILL
When Wichita locals crave a great burrito on the super cheap, they head to Los Compadres Mexican Grill, although the massive and delicious margaritas don't make the lines any shorter, either. Try the carne asada burritos or, if you roll in on taco Tuesdays, you can gobble down a street taco for just $1.
KENTUCKY: TORTILLERIA Y TAQUERIA RAMIREZ
For reviewers who find Lexington to be a barren desert in terms of good, cheap Mexican fare, Tortilleria Y Taqueria Ramirez is an oasis. Although the carnitas burritos are a hit, carne asada seems to be the biggest crowd pleaser. This humble establishment has even achieved national recognition as a destination for top-notch burritos.
LOUISIANA: ROLLIN FATTIES
The name Rollin Fatties is a classic New Orleans pun, but the rolled fatties they reference are burritos — and fat they are. The Chicken Fattie burrito won't disappoint and for vegetarians and vegans, the Farris is otherworldly. The ingredients are so fresh that even though the portions are huge, reviewers report that you won't leave feeling "like a fattie."
Just because you're in a state associated more closely with seafood than any other in the country doesn't mean you can't score a great burrito without paying lobster prices. At Verve, the Southwest comes to Maine in the form of massive, sizzling hot burritos ($9 or less) made with fresh, local ingredients — the sweet selection of local-brewed beers won't let you down, either.
MARYLAND: MOTHER'S CANTINA
If you're in this beach town — one of the best on the East Coast — and a burrito is calling your name, head to Mother's Cantina, where organic, locally sourced ingredients pack freshness into every bite. You can definitely find cheaper individual burritos, but the $16 full burrito combo platter is hard to beat, considering the size and quality — and Yelp reviewers agree.
MASSACHUSETTS: CHILACATES MEXICAN STREET FOOD
Although it's served out a small restaurant and not a truck as the name implies, Chilacates Mexican Street Food delivers the authenticity you'd expect from a taco cart in East Los Angeles. There are too many burrito options to name, but you'll almost certainly be satisfied with the fish or carne asada, which get high praise from reviewers.
MICHIGAN: BURRITO MUNDO
Grosse Pointe Woods
From the fajita burrito and the maize burrito to the veggie mundo and the pinata, Burrito Mundo offers a unique variety of world-class burritos inside the $8 mark, with many under $7 and none topping $9. The build-your-own burrito starts at $5.29.
MINNESOTA: CATRINA'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT
Maintaining an impressive five-star rating after nearly 300 Yelp reviews, Catarina's Mexican Restaurant serves up massive burrito for less than $8. The fish burritos are among the best items on the menu, but you can have nearly anything you like made to order. No matter what you choose, don't expect to be able to finish it all.
MISSISSIPPI: SOUTH DEPOT TACO SHOP
The South Depot Taco Shop serves up not just burritos that locals flock to the square to sample, but burrito bowls and burrito combos. Fried tilapia, ground turkey, and marinated tofu are just a few of the base ingredients you can choose when building your own burrito, which you can do for $8.
MISSOURI: LOS ALAMOS MARKET Y COCINA
With a 4.5-star rating after more than 110 Yelp reviews, Los Alamos Market Y Cocina has carved out a space as the go-to spot for cheap burritos that are as massive as they are unique. Go for the chile Colorado burrito or try their special breakfast burritos.
MONTANA: EL VAQUERO TAQUERIA
El Vaquero Taqueria can be summed up in the words of one Yelp reviewer who states, "deliciously messy. So much food packed in an $8 burrito, fresh, well done." Vegetarian burritos come in at $5. The bean and cheese Chico burrito is just $4.50.
NEBRASKA: SUPER TACO
"My life will never be the same after eating here." Those were the exact words of just one of the five-star reviewers gushing over Super Taco. Another wrote "Green salsa burrito is so good! And under $6!! Wowza! You gotta get you some of this!!" If you're looking for great, cheap burritos, what else needs to be said?
NEVADA: TACOS HUEVOS
Sometimes it's not what a burrito joint does that makes it great, but what it doesn't do. While celebrating the amazing burritos that come out of Tacos Huevos in Las Vegas, one reviewer commented that they don't overdo it with the "garlic taste that every other wannabe Mexican place in Vegas has just to cover up the fact that they really don't have good food." The burritos you'll find there are fresh, cheap, and packed to the brim.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: DOS AMIGOS BURRITOS
Out of the nearly 20 burritos listed on the Dos Amigos menu, just one tops the $8 mark — tacos start under $3. This Mexican joint is a favorite among locals who rave about the tacos and burritos alike. Unlike many dives with great burritos, the hip, trendy, brick-faced interior is an awesome place to dine with the family.
NEW JERSEY: TAQUERIA MI MARIACHI
If you're looking to spend more than $7 on a burrito, stay away from Taqueria Mi Mariachi. Every burrito on the menu is $6.99 or less. The portions are as big as the prices are low — many Yelp reviewers report going home with burritos they couldn't finish.
NEW MEXICO: EL PARASOL
In a border state that has the word "Mexico" in its name, good burritos are a dime a dozen. But of all the options New Mexicans have, El Parasol in Santa Fe just might be the best of them all. Tiny, but neat and bright, El Parasol dishes out burritos that are bursting at the edges — and you'll get it on the cheap. Try the breakfast burrito even if it's not breakfast time.
NEW YORK: TAQUERIA TLAXCALLI
New York City
Hard to pronounce but easy to love, Taqueria Tlaxcalli stands out even in a city with thousands of burrito joints. Located in the Bronx, the place serves fresh and flavorful burritos that let you know you got your money's worth. Spicy sausage is the burrito they're probably best known for, but the vegetarian option is also arguably the best in the borough — or maybe even the whole city.
NORTH CAROLINA: ANITA'S MEXICAN GRILL
One reviewer said of Anita's Mexican Grill that "the Crazy Burrito was $7.95 and was honestly the largest burrito I've ever seen." The Crazy Burrito is no doubt one of the strongest draws, but if you're hungry, don't be shy about ordering the burrito/enchilada combo.
NORTH DAKOTA: MANGO'S
The Super Burrito at Mango's is a giant, but if you haven't eaten in days — or if you're part of a group that's ready to dig in — try one of the double burrito options. Take your pick between the Burrito Special, Burrito Deluxe, and Burrito Verde if want to park and gorge for a few hours.
OHIO: EL TORITO TAQUERIA
Yelp reviewers waste no time telling the masses about the quality of the burritos that come out of El Torito Taqueria near Cleveland, but the real draw is the variety. Much more than Mexican, El Torito specializes in cuisine from across Latin America. When you finish your burrito, come back for the Colombian arepas or any of the many other international delicacies they offer.
OKLAHOMA: TAQUERIA SANCHEZ
Oklahoma City is a surprisingly strong oasis for burrito lovers, and in the Corbin Hills section you'll find one that towers tall above the rest — Taqueria Sanchez. The tacos are amazing, but even some of their biggest fans say the real lure is the huge, cheap, delicious burritos.
OREGON: TEHUANA OAXACAN CUISINE
Yelp gives Tehuana Oaxacan Cuisine a perfect five-star rating after more than 100 reviews. Diners praise the generous "meat-to-other-stuff ratio" as well as the price. Mostly Portlanders flock there for the predictably fresh and delicious fare, which they say leaves you satisfied with no "burrito bloat."
PENNSYLVANIA: CUCINA ZAPATA
Philly is one of America's great restaurant cities, but the best food in town just might come from a truck. Covered in urban graffiti, the rolling kitchen that is Cucina Zapata serves up favorites you can't find anywhere else like the Cap'n Crunch tilapia burrito, which is delicious, filling and, of course, crunchy.
RHODE ISLAND: TALLULAH'S TAQUERIA
Tallulah's Taqueria is known mostly for its breakfast burritos, burrito bowls and fish burritos, but it's definitely a something-for-everyone type of menu. The portions are big, the burritos are plump and the price is right. Try the carnitas burrito for a carnivore's delight.
SOUTH CAROLINA: THE TACO SPOT
Just three of the burritos at The Taco Spot cost more than $7.75, and none break into double digits. For $7.50, you can score a hefty blackened fish or pan-seared fish burrito. Ditto for roasted chicken, blackened chicken and seasoned ground beef. Only the "all-in" burrito tops out at $9 — and that contains literally everything you want that can fit in a tortilla.
SOUTH DAKOTA: GILIBERTO'S
It's true that some of the burritos at Giliberto's come with double-digit price tags, but consider that one Yelp reviewer stated that they "could easily feed a family of four." Another wrote, "I was looking for the largest burrito in Sioux Falls, and I believe I stumbled across it." Yet another stated "this thing was almost a foot long!" Equally impressive is their selection of more than two dozen kinds of burritos.
TENNESSEE: BAJA BURRITO
At Baja Burrito, the pineapple salsa they've come up with might just be the greatest burrito additive in Tennessee, and, unlike so many other places that hit you with a surcharge, the queso there is free. Also unlike some places, you can customize any way you like. The place, according to one loyal local, "is an institution."
TEXAS: GRANNY'S TACOS
Texas is burrito country, and everyone knows that bigger is always better in the Lone Star State. Big is exactly what you'll get at Granny's Tacos. If you weren't in the know, you could walk right past this nondescript truck, but now that you're privy to the goodness, line up for a burrito that's as good as any in Texas — and big enough to live up to the state's unofficial motto.
UTAH: RED IGUANA
Salt Lake City
Red Iguana has an entire menu section dedicated solely to gourmet burritos — but you won't pay gourmet prices. Sold in pairs, options include two chile verde burritos for $10.69, two carne asada burritos for $11.79, two machaca burritos for $10.49 and the list goes on and on and on.
VERMONT: MAD TACO
Mad Taco offers burritos in the traditional fashion, wet (baked in sauce) or served as a gargantuan family portion fit for four people. You can probably find cheaper burritos in Vermont, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a better value for your dollar in terms of taste, quality, and service. One reviewer raves about "the incredible collection of homemade sauces."
VIRGINIA: BURRITO PERDIDO
Burrito Perdido serves up both burritos and chimichangas that are in the running for the best in Virginia. Located in the same structure as a gas station, the burritos it serves are paired with spicy verde and salsa that locals say are beyond any other in the region. Even the regular size burrito will be a challenge to eat for most.
WASHINGTON: TACOS CHUKIS
Tacos Chukis distinguishes itself by serving "baby burritos" for $3.33. The baby burritos come in all the flavors and meat selections you'd expect from the big boys, but by serving up small-fry versions, they give their customers the opportunity to try several different options all in one visit.
WEST VIRGINIA: BLACK BEAR BURRITOS
Known for "burritos of all ethnic cuisines," Black Bear Burritos is incredibly vegan/vegetarian friendly. Reviewers insist that the creamy guacamole is the best you'll find not only in West Virginia, but anywhere on God's avocado-green Earth.
WISCONSIN: LOS RIVERA'S MEXICAN GRILL
The secret behind the magic at Los Rivera's is family recipes — and that applies not only to their burritos, but to the menu at large as well as the cocktail list. Burrito palenque, burrito fajita, burrito vegetariano, and burrito ranchero are just a few of the options, many of which come in at $10.
WYOMING: THE R&B BREAKFAST CLUB
Burritos are also a breakfast food, and that fact is front and center at the R&B Breakfast Club, which proclaims itself "The Home of the Breakfast Burrito" and features an impressive selection that includes a German sausage version. Diners at the club will also find an equally impressive array of Elvis memorabilia, along with hefty traditional beef, bean, and pork burritos that start well under $10. On Wednesdays, there's also a special with all-you-can-eat breakfast burritos.