burritos(credit: Araujo’s Restaurant menu)

Denver is big on breakfast burritos. Portable, made to order, slathered with sauce or pre-stuffed and microwaved, breakfast burritos are America’s oversized version of a French omelet wrapped tightly in a soft tortilla. These ridiculously large torpedoes of taste with eggs, green chiles, shredded browns and beans are the perfect cure for a morning-after hangover, a late wake-up or an a.m. gut pleaser that stays with you past noon.

571 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 534-5004

Santiago’s is the best deal in town for all things Mexican, that’s especially true for breakfast burritos. Two bucks is all you need to get a morning burrito of eggs, potatoes and choice of meat (ham, bacon, chorizo or sausage). If you have an extra few dollars in your pocket, ask for the smothered  (green chile) or the deluxe breakfast burrito for $3.50 and $4.75 respectively. Expect a line on the weekends at any of the 21 Front Range locations as this is a Colorado icon.

La Fuente Restaurant
3023 W. 44th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-5501

Wake up late? No worries. Breakfast is on the menu all day at La Fuente. This smothered plate stand-by in Denver has different breakfast burritos for every day of the week and then some, 10 in all. Start with soft scrambled, browned potatoes, beans, bacon, ham, sausage, steak, chorizo and roasted chilies. La Fuente smothers breakfast burritos with a generous ladle with hot or mild green chile.

El Valle Restaurant
2925 W. 38th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 975-6456

This family-owned Mexican restaurant has a loyal following for Mexican breakfasts including huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos. For something truly authentic, try the burrito de machaca ala Mexicana. Machaca is made from shredded spiced beef or pork slowly cooked to a meltingly nice heap of meat, eggs and chiles tightly stuffed in a tortilla.

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Araujo’s Restaurant
2900 W. 26th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-3866

For early morning commuters who cruise along Federal, there is no easier or more affordable breakfast burrito spot than Araujo’s. Beginning at 6 a.m. sharp, it offers a special breakfast burrito of the day for $1.50. It’s filled with scrambled eggs, green chiles, potatoes and the burrito maker’s meat choice for the day – bacon or sausage. Other morning menu items include chilaquiles, fried tortillas softened in red or green chile sauce and topped with chicken, sour cream eggs and beans. Breakfast is served until noon daily.

2524 N. Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 964-9544

For take-no-prisoner eaters, Jack-n-Grill has a seven-pound burrito that could feed a family of 10 or one adventurous, extreme eater, with five pounds of potatoes, 12 eggs, a half pound of ham and cheese, onions and your choice of chile. Of course, Jack-n-Grill will take your picture and make you famous (and sickly full) if you can eat all seven pounds. For more moderate eaters, try the carne adovado and eggs or the chile relleno burrito. Jack-n-Grill has a new third location in Westminster.

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Kimberly Lord Stewart is a food author and journalist for CBS Denver local, Organic Food Reporter for Examiner.com, and the Food, Wine and Spirits editor for Denver Life magazine. Her book, “Eating Between the Lines” tells readers about the truth and myths of food labeling. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards for food news reporting and the Jessie Neal Business Journalism award. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.