Welcome to the delicious world of the California Burrito—a mouthwatering fusion of Mexican and American flavors that has won the hearts of food enthusiasts everywhere. Originating from San Diego, the California Burrito is a beloved staple of Mexican-American cuisine, known for its hearty ingredients and satisfying taste. Unlike traditional burritos, this variant includes French fries, making it a unique and indulgent treat.

California Burrito


Before diving in, gather the following ingredients:

For the Burrito:

  • 1 lb of Carne Asada (marinated steak) - Look for a premade marinade or make your own!
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 2 cups of French fries - Freshly cooked or store-bought.
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese - Cheddar or a Mexican blend.
  • 1 cup of guacamole - Homemade is best!
  • 1 cup of salsa fresca (Pico de Gallo)
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream

For the Marinade (if making your own):

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Step 1: Marinate the Meat

  1. Prepare the Marinade: In a bowl, combine olive oil, lime juice, minced garlic, ground cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Marinate the Carne Asada: Place the steak in a resealable bag or shallow dish and pour the marinade over it. Ensure the meat is evenly coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight for maximum flavor.

Step 2: Cook the Carne Asada

  1. Preheat Grill or Skillet: Heat your grill or a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook the Meat: Remove the steak from the marinade and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until it reaches your desired level of doneness.
  3. Rest and Slice: Let the cooked steak rest for a few minutes before slicing it into thin strips.

Step 3: Prepare the French Fries

  1. Cook the Fries: If using store-bought fries, follow the package instructions. For homemade fries, cut potatoes into thin strips, season with salt, and bake or fry until crispy.

Step 4: Make the Guacamole

  1. Mash the Avocados: In a bowl, mash ripe avocados with a fork.
  2. Add Ingredients: Stir in chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste.

Step 5: Make the Salsa Fresca (Pico de Gallo)

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a bowl, mix chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeños, lime juice, salt, and pepper.


Step 1: Warm the Tortillas

  1. Heat Tortillas: Warm the flour tortillas in a skillet over medium heat for about 30 seconds on each side, until soft and pliable.

Step 2: Layer the Ingredients

  1. Start with Carne Asada: Place a portion of the sliced carne asada in the center of the tortilla.
  2. Add French Fries: Top the steak with a generous handful of French fries.
  3. Add Cheese: Sprinkle shredded cheese over the fries.
  4. Add Guacamole and Salsa Fresca: Spoon guacamole and salsa fresca evenly over the cheese.
  5. Add Sour Cream: Finish with a dollop of sour cream.

Step 3: Fold the Burrito

  1. Fold and Roll: Fold the sides of the tortilla over the filling, then roll from the bottom up to enclose all the ingredients securely.


Step 1: Heat the Burrito

  1. Optional Crispiness: For a crispy exterior, place the assembled burrito in a hot skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Serving Suggestions

A California Burrito is a meal in itself, but if you want to elevate the experience, consider these serving suggestions:

  • Sides: Serve with a side of Mexican rice, refried beans, or a light salad.
  • Beverages: Pair with a refreshing drink like horchata, a cold cerveza, or a margarita.


And there you have it! Your very own California Burrito, ready to be devoured. Feel free to customize the recipe to suit your taste—add some jalapeños for extra heat, or swap out the carne asada for grilled chicken or veggies.

Enjoy your culinary creation and share your experiences with fellow food lovers. Let's keep the love for this exceptional fusion dish alive!

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