Fajita Express’ stuffed barbacoa burrito melts my tastebuds – mySA

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Fajita Express Mexican Grill in Leon Valley and its Jalisco style barbacoa burrito. 

Fajita Express Mexican Grill in Leon Valley and its Jalisco style barbacoa burrito. 

Photo by Gabriel Romero

Is it time to eat another burrito already? One of the best parts of the work week is finding these places. This week I actually needed to grab a quick bite since I stare at this computer for 12 hours a day. Sometimes, most of the time, I forget to eat. This was one of those days, they are usually the days that end with a y.

Fajita Express is a place I’ve driven by countless times and didn’t give a second thought. Today, was the day all that changed. In fact, I think it will be a burrito spot, you should check off your list.

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.

Fajita Express Mexican Grill in Leon Valley and its Jalisco style barbacoa burrito. 

Fajita Express Mexican Grill in Leon Valley and its Jalisco style barbacoa burrito. 

Photo by Gabriel Romero

Fajita Express Mexican Grill

This burrito can be found at 7247 Bandera Road, Leon Valley, TX 78238. The restaurant is open everyday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. There is another Fajita Express Mexican Grill on Culebra. The restaurant got its start when a group of friends from Mexico wanted to serve real Mexican food at affordable prices with exquisite flavors, according to the Fajita Express Mexican Grill website. Since I got a gravy covered burrito I didn’t try the salsa. Sorry about that. The restaurant was pretty empty for 7 p.m., so people are missing out on this spot.

Fajita Express Mexican Grill in Leon Valley and its Jalisco style barbacoa burrito. 

Fajita Express Mexican Grill in Leon Valley and its Jalisco style barbacoa burrito. 

Photo by Gabriel Romero

Jalisco Style barbacoa burrito

They have burritos that include shredded chicken, picadillo, guisada, beef, barbacoa, asada, pastor, carnitas and chicken fajita. For $1 more, you can make it Jalisco style, which comes with gravy and shredded cheese on top. If you’ve read any of these burrito bites, you know how I’m a sucker for cheese. I never had a barbacoa burrito before, so this was the time.

Burritos have tomato, lettuce, and beans to go along with the choice of meat. I have to be honest, I forgot what else came in this burrito because there was so much meat. The barbacoa was soft and juicy without making the tortilla chewy. Even though I couldn’t see the ingredients, I could taste the beans, and somehow still cold lettuce. The burrito was topped with gravy, which paired so well with the barbacoa and the cheese.

It was a savory tasting gravy on the seasoned meat. It was a really good size too for $9. I think rice would have been really good inside the burrito too, but I’m not going to knock a burrito that is jammed with meat. Give this spot a try and get it Jalisco style.

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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