Buc-ee’s is serving up a variety of beefy burritos – mySA

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When thinking of eating burritos out here in Texas, I never thought I would be rating a burrito from a gas station, yet, here we are. And before you start throwing stones, this is not a normal gas station, this is Buc-ee’s. I can’t help but think the gas station is trying to cater to the out of state shoppers or they just randomly added the entrees. One thing I do know is if you need a quick bite to eat, stop here and try something besides the brisket.

What I look for in a burrito

Before I begin, here are a few ways I judge a burrito. Does it taste good? Is it worthy enough to go into my burrito rotation? Is it cooked? How does it stack up? How is the service? (I understand there is a staffing shortage, so I won’t go too hard on this one for now). Is it worth the price of admission? How is the salsa for the burritos? Every question is crucial to providing my rankings.

The beef burrito.

The beef burrito.

Photo by Gabriel Romero

Buc-ee’s

There are over 55 Buc-ee’s locations, but the closest one to San Antonio is located at 2760 Interstate 35, New Braunfels, TX 78130. When I first moved here in 2016, this was one of the places my wife and I stumbled upon. Ever since then, it’s been a must-see for any family members that come to visit. I have tried almost every sandwich and treat here, for research purposes of course. 

Buc-ee’s has a red and green chili, they aren’t hot at all, so definitely bring your own, unless you want to add some of their own hot sauce that can be purchased like the Carolina Reaper sauce (I’ve eaten it and it’s one of the hottest sauces I’ve ever tried.). These burritos were not small like I thought they were going to be, two hands will be needed when eating these bad boys.  

The beef burrito

Now if you are from California or just the West Coast in general, this burrito will taste very similar to a popular restaurant, Del Taco. This burrito tastes just like a combination burrito, minus the red or green sauce. The ground beef has been diced so finely that it is almost a paste, which spreads evenly in every bite. The beans are okay at Buc-ee’s and there could have been a more generous handful of cheese, but there is a lot to love here. 

The chicken burrito.

The chicken burrito.

Photo by Gabriel Romero

The chicken burrito

The chicken burrito packed with so much flavor. The chicken fajita, bell pepper, onions, rice, black beans, and a creamy spicy sauce. The chicken was a little bland and could have used a little more seasoning. There was a healthy amount of corn, peppers, and black beans in the burrito. There could have been more chicken inside this one and it would have put it over the top. But of the three burritos I’ve tried, this one was the one I’m most likely to try again.    

The Texas cheese steak burrito.

The Texas cheese steak burrito.

Photo by Gabriel Romero

The Texas cheesesteak burrito

So, a few weeks ago I tried a Philly cheesesteak burrito from Texadelphia and it was incredible. This one is was far behind the Texadelphia version. This one had steak, peppers, and cheese. It was packed with meat, so much meat that it overpowered the other ingredients. It is pretty basic, but if you want to switch up the normal burrito rotation, then this is a nice change of pace. I probably won’t pick up this burrito again because I know where I can get the same thing, better and closer to home.

Rating: 7 out of 10 chilies 

If you feel like your favorite burrito place should be adored by all, then hit me up and I will venture to wherever those burritos may take me. Email me at gabe.romero@mysa.com or on Twitter @romeroreports.

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