Road Food: Burrito Round-Up

Desert ridge in Chihuahua Desert.

Chihuahua Desert

As I’ve mentioned, burritos are not exactly synonymous with Mexican food in my world. That said, Chihuahua is burrito country and I’ve resolved to eat as many as possible as we cross the state’s vast and thorny expanse.

Burrito #1-“RR” Restaurant and Hotel, Jamas, Chihuahua

The classic Chihauhau burrito is long, narrow, loosely rolled, open at both ends, and served without a fork. This fifteen peso ($1.20) chicken burrito filled the bill and was especially satisfying because we were cold and hungry after our arduous descent from an icy pass.

Score: 7

Burrito #2-Vendor at Pemex gas station, Highway 10

I recently tried to duplicate a recipe my dad called “Pemex Gas Station Burritos”, so I jumped at the chance to buy a burrito from a dapper man in a cowboy hat who was selling from a small cooler just inside the door of the gas station mini mart. Ten pesos ($ 0.81) bought me a bean and cheese burrito. I should have bought two. Perfectly soft and chewy with a slightly charred and smoky tortilla, this was the perfect breakfast snack to fortify us for a long day of driving across interminable scrub deserts.

Score: 8

Burrito #3-“El Campo”, Meoqui, Chihuahua

Thirty-two pesos ($2.60) bought us two pork and salsa roja burritos and a small bottle of coke at a colorful roadside stand ruled by a rotund woman with red cheeks and startling green eyes. My mouth waters just thinking about this prime example of northern road food: generous portions of succulent pork nested in smoky red sauce and blanketed in a tender flour tortilla. By far the best yet.

Score: 10

12 Responses to “Road Food: Burrito Round-Up”

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  1. Lorena says:

    You never know what tasty morsel is lurking in a bucket, covered with a clean cloth, at the Pemex gas station. Carl and I look forward to more tales of you and Rich eating your way through Mexico.

    • churpa says:

      Gracias, Lorena!

      • -El Codo- says:

        Passing through one tiny “población” in Chiapas, the first halt at a tope brought forth young girls wielding piping hot tamales in a bucket. The second tope had young men selling elotes with mayonnaise and chili powder. The third tope was dessert, take your pick, flan or mango on a stick. By then I was flabbergasted. That didn’t stop me from buying an agua fresca de melon at the last tope! After the feast I chuckled all the way to Ocozocuautla! Total bill was forty some odd pesos!

  2. Maybemayhem says:

    Gives “road food” a whole new meaning. If only traveling in the US brought as many culinary delights along the interstate. Wish I’d thought to have sent you guys off with a couple of bottles of Poblano hot sauce. Shame on me.

  3. rich says:

    Those burritos at “El Campo” in Meoqui might be the best food I’ve had so far.

    • Rich says:

      I’m with you there, though the Milanesa sandwhich in Zacatecas is a close second. The three fancy meals we’ve eaten were great, but they don’t even come close.

  4. Gabino says:

    Mmmm. Tamales in a bucket. I’ll take a bucket. Little girl selling tamales may have saved my life one hammock-ey day in a fishy sleeping village. Yum!

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