Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Burritos are the most important culinary innovation of the last 1,000 years (no arguing!). Therefore, it's imperative that you're familiar with Denver's best breakfast burritos. You never know when you may need one.
They seem to do just about everything well, so it isn't surprising they'd nail the burrito. It's bursting with eggs, green chile, hash browns, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and house-made chorizo, then smothered with more green chile, cheddar, and sour cream. Luckily, it never comes off the menu, so even if your hangover persists until dinner it remains an option.
Home of the $1.50 breakfast burritos, Araujo's is the spot for a quick and filling burrito on the go. Or four of them. They're filled with a textbook lineup of scrambled eggs, potatoes, green chile, cheese, and a protein selection that changes daily. For a little extra, have it covered with lettuce and tomato to get your obligatory veggie serving for the day.
Sam's is known for a massive selection of comfort food and equally massive burritos. Though there's a whole page dedicated to them, the meat-tastic Kitchen Sink burrito is the top draw, enough to feed two or three normals or one you. It has four eggs, bacon, sausage, gyro, onion, pepper, tomatoes, and mushrooms. And of COURSE it's smothered in green chile. It will simultaneously cure your hangover and put you back down for a nap.
This small but mighty family-owned operation serves breakfast all day, which means you can be incredibly slow moving and still land their simple yet hearty and flavorful burrito. It's filled with rice, beans, eggs, and a choice of bacon, ham, chorizo, or potato. Green chile optional. You will probably take that option.
If you don't have a lot of time but want to do better than McDonald's, go to one of the several Denver Santiagos' for these $2 delights. They're filled with eggs, potatoes, and chef's choice of meat, depending on the day. Pro tip: get the green chile INSIDE the burrito for extra spice and portability. They have surprising curative powers despite their relatively skinny stature.
Uber has an expansive breakfast, lunch, and dinner selection, but we're talking about breakfast here. The most popular is the Southwest Wrap (who are we kidding, it's a burrito), which has two scrambled eggs, green chili, bacon, corn, black beans, tater tots (!), and pepper jack cheese. Tater tots should be inside more foods just as a general rule.
The build-your-own breakfast burrito option is hard to beat, and Illegal Pete's does it right with plenty of house-made ingredients to choose from. They pack the burritos close to bursting (mixing all the ingredients together before assembly, which is always appreciated) and wrap them in foil so they're hot and ready.
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Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, stop by Araujo's for some authentic mexican cuisine, $1.50 breakfast burritos, and $2 Modelos anytime.
Steuben's, an old-school diner with sophistication, serves good ol' American comfort food in Uptown Denver. Class it up with a cayenne etouffee or get down and dirty with some gravy fries.
This quintessential Mexican dive attracts everyone from local regulars, to out-of-town travelers to its diner-like space for the most authentic versions of all the Mexico City classics, like chilaquiles, tongue tacos, and smothered chile relleno burritos. There's not much more than few plastic booths indoors, but anything smothered in the fresh green chile is likely better enjoyed in the breezy outdoor patio.
The sausage standout Uber Sausage's second outpost is way bigger, meaning that you'll be way bigger after eating their delicious sausages, burgers, and tots. Get your belly-growing on early with their breakfast menu, the Southwest Wrap (slang for breakfast burrito) is a great place to start.