Okay, not everyone is going to be happy with this list – but I stand by it. Let’s just get on with it – here’s our favourites…
Grilled Steak Burrito (with Salsa Verde)
Directly opposite other burrito specialists Changos, Chilango not only has a similar name but the concept is pretty much exactly the same too. Choose from a selection of bases (tacos, nachos, burritos), then choose a filling, beans, salad and additional extras, let them roll it up for you and then enjoy. I must admit to having a particular soft spot for their steak filling, which has a very distinctive chilli rubbed on it before it gets grilled. Perfect alongside some really hot salsa and some cooling cheese.
Chilango, 50 Oxford St, Manchester M1 5EJ
0161 393 3922
The Little Donkey
On a menu that’s packed with an array of stacked burgers, Dive NQ’s burritos could very easily be overlooked. You certainly shouldn’t ignore them though because there’s some serious beauties on there including the excellent ‘Buffalo Bill‘ which comes loaded with buffalo chicken, Frank’s hot sauce and all the trimmings. If you’re serious about burritos though, you’re certainly not going to want to miss The Little Donkey which comes in at £30. It’s a HUGE monster of a dish that’s packing pulled pork, beef chilli, buffalo chicken, jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, guacamole and rice – all on a bed of fries. Finish it in 30 minutes and it’s FREE.
Dive NQ, 12 Tib St, Manchester M4 1SH
0161 826 3080
Luck Lust Liquor & Burn
Well Fit Burrito Supremo
The pinnacle of the ‘dirty’ burrito, it must be said that there’s not much Mexican in the food at Luck Lust Liquor and Burn but don’t for one-minute think that that’s a bad thing. The menu takes much of its inspiration from Cal-Mex – a hybrid that takes the best of Mexican (the dishes) and merges it with the best of America (cheese, meat, portions). As such their ‘Burrito Supremos’ are massive and if you’re going to do it properly then you should go for the ‘Well Fit’, a burrito stuffed to breaking point with chicken, crispy beef, tater tots, nacho cheese sauce, avocado and all the trimmings.
Luck Lust Liquor & Burn, 100-102 High St, Manchester M4 1HP
0161 244 9422
Changos Burrito Bar
Chilli Beef Burrito
Okay so here’s where things get serious. The war between the ‘Oxford Road Burritos’ rages on after years of fierce in-fighting, overrun lunch breaks and excessive queueing. Is a Changos burrito better than a Chilangos? Well, yes it is. By a rather large margin too I say. Changos just seems to have ‘it’ when it comes to their burritos – helped by a wealth of options and some seriously large portions. Splurge on a large at lunchtime and you won’t need any tea (or breakfast the day after) and if you’re being serious about this whole thing – it’s all about the Chilli Beef.
Changos Burrito Bar, St James Bldg, 91-93 Oxford St, Manchester M1 6ET
0161 228 2182
Picante Lamb Burrito with Chipotle Chilli Salsa
Certainly the most authentic Mexican joint in the whole city, Pancho’s Burritos on Chester Street (and in the Arndale Market) is by far the best burrito experience in Manchester and I challenge anyone who disagrees with me to a no holds barred Lucha Libre wrestle in Piccadilly Gardens. The whole menu will make you feel like you’re in the middle of some little Mexican town and every chow down on one of their massive pillowy burritos is an absolute pleasure. You can have pretty much any of their creations and be enamoured – but their Picante Lamb is a clear winner for the greatest burrito in the city. Pair it with a bottle of Dos Equis for the perfect Mexican treat.
The Quadrangle, 1, Chester St, Manchester M1 5QS
Arndale Food Market, 49 High St, Manchester M4 3AH