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20 Hunger-Busting Bean & Cheese Burritos in Los Angeles

Sometimes, simple is best.

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Bean and cheese burritos are more than just the simple distillation of Mexican/Tex-Mex food, poured into a pliant flour wrap. They’re practically a cuisine unto themselves, with nearby fan favorites offering starkly different takes on the sturdy mix. What do they all have in common? Flavor, and price point.

For around $5 (and often much less), bean and cheese burritos are a built-in satisfier, hitting every density and flavor metric possible. Outside of the ubiquitous $1 taco, there are few greater options for dining so cheaply, and so well, in Los Angeles.

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Al & Bea's Mexican Food

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A burrito from Al & Bea’s has become the standard-bearer for bean and cheese excellence; they’re always lush and comforting, and remain one of Los Angeles’ most iconic burrito forms. So much so, Nate Silver’s recent FiveThirtyEight burrito bracket named the cheesy concoction the best burrito in all of L.A.: period.[photo: flickr/t.tseng]

Dante's Mexicatessen

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Rivers of cheese flow from Monterey Park’s Mexicatessen, be it over their enchiladas or from inside a styrofoam container loaded with a “wet” burrito. For a little freshness to counterbalance all that lard and fat, opt for a side of the exceedingly thin avocado salsa.

Casa Vega

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This classic Valley sit-down spot will happily concoct a bean and cheese burrito for customers, but beware: it’s a monster — especially when ordered oven style, covered in salsa and, yes, more cheese.[photo: Wonho Frank Lee]

Casa Vega dining room, dimly lit with customers sitting at tables.

Tere's Mexican Grill

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This Melrose classic has nearly 15 years in the game, serving simple Mexican favorites to a not-so-discerning local crowd. Still, the bean and cheese is a highlight at $5, and can be made all the better with some DIY salsa bar action.

Poquito Mas

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This Southern California chain has ten locations and thousands of loyal followers, many of whom call ahead during the week for a simple bean and cheese burrito order. There’s nothing fancy about eating beans in your cubicle, but at least the burrito is delicious.[photo: Facebook]

J&S No. 3

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At well under $5, this bean and cheese legend is the gift that keeps on giving. Whipped beans synergize seamlessly with the melted cheese inside, creating something much more magical than just its simple ingredients.

Lupe’s #2

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Beyond Al & Bea’s, Lupe’s is likely the most-talked about bean and cheese in town. Laced as you wish with red or green chiles, this East LA walk-up stand is still worth the hype.

La Fogata Mexican Restaurant

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From the light-up menu with the backlit food photos to the hefty burrito plates poured over with a dichotomy of salsas, Sherman Oaks’ La Fogata does easygoing comfort Mexican right. It’s easy to see why, then, their regular bean and cheese gets so much attention.[photo: Yelp]

Don Ruben Mexican Grill

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Don Ruben doesn’t just make loads of wonderful bean and cheese burritos fresh daily, they also cater ‘em. That means your next party could be made all the better with a few boxes of bean and cheese burritos, sold by the dozen. They’re sure to be a fan favorite.

Taco Nazo

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Though mostly known as an early entrant into LA’s ongoing fried fish taco wars, Taco Nazo is quietly considered a destination for bean and cheese burritos as well.[photo: Yelp]

La Azteca Tortilleria

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This tortilla-making favorite is most well-known for its chile relleno burrito, but don’t let the regular bean and cheese sneak past you. It’s the same perfectly-realized tortilla wrapping up the ingredients, and the family behind the longstanding name doesn’t cut corners when working up a batch of beans, either.[photo: Facebook]

Tito's Tacos

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This Mex-American classic goes heavy on the shredded neon cheese for all of its meals, but offers an especially dense melt of the stuff inside their bean and cheese burritos. Prepare to get messy with this one, particularly if you’re interested in pouring on the thin, watery salsa.

Las Fuentes

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Simple Mexican food dominates the Valley, which makes Las Fuentes stand out all the more. Outlandishly colorful and impossibly big, this Reseda spot for oversized burrito plates manages to land a crowd favorite bean and cheese — thanks, in part, to its hulking size.

El Albajeño

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Messily wrapped, as big as a small dog, and oozing with rich beans — El Abajeño’s burritos are massive (and massively popular), perhaps as much for their scale and their salsa accompaniment than anything else.

El Indio Mexicano

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Don’t let the bars around this Roscoe Boulevard spot fool you; El Indio in Northridge is absolutely open for business (24 hours, in fact), eager to serve post-drinking crowds their hearty blend of bean and cheese, wrapped in a pliant tortilla.

Yuca's Taqueria

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Hardliners debate the use of American cheese inside their burrito, but there’s a reason that Yuca’s has retained its longtime title as reigning hangover-solver for the Los Feliz area. Cheese, in any form, will always win; especially when paired up with some creamy beans from Yuca’s.

Taco Lita

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Fallen SoCal mini-franchise Taco Lita still has a location in Arcadia, and it’s just about the best bean and cheese option that a’way. The no frills fast food space whips up fresh beans daily, and apparently goes through a million packets of their house-branded hot sauce every year.[photo: Facebook]

Fiesta Martin Mexican Grill

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A simple Inglewood Mexican destination serving margaritas and more, Fiesta Martin has become known for their stuffed burritos. Opt for the creamy beans and layer it with salsa and more cheese on the outside (if you wish).

Ramona's Mexican Food

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Forget the frozen Ramona’s bean and cheese you might have seen in the grocery stores around town. At Ramona’s in Gardena, the real deal option comes to life spectacularly, with a perfect balance of the three necessary ingredients.[photos: Yelp]

Lucy's Mexican Drive-in

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This Mid-City all-the-time spot is perfect for a late-night bean and cheese drive-thru. Or, you can examine the spare side patio as you mow down on the delicious gut bomb.[photo: Yelp]

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Al & Bea's Mexican Food

A burrito from Al & Bea’s has become the standard-bearer for bean and cheese excellence; they’re always lush and comforting, and remain one of Los Angeles’ most iconic burrito forms. So much so, Nate Silver’s recent FiveThirtyEight burrito bracket named the cheesy concoction the best burrito in all of L.A.: period.[photo: flickr/t.tseng]

Dante's Mexicatessen

Rivers of cheese flow from Monterey Park’s Mexicatessen, be it over their enchiladas or from inside a styrofoam container loaded with a “wet” burrito. For a little freshness to counterbalance all that lard and fat, opt for a side of the exceedingly thin avocado salsa.

Casa Vega

Casa Vega dining room, dimly lit with customers sitting at tables.

This classic Valley sit-down spot will happily concoct a bean and cheese burrito for customers, but beware: it’s a monster — especially when ordered oven style, covered in salsa and, yes, more cheese.[photo: Wonho Frank Lee]

Casa Vega dining room, dimly lit with customers sitting at tables.

Tere's Mexican Grill

This Melrose classic has nearly 15 years in the game, serving simple Mexican favorites to a not-so-discerning local crowd. Still, the bean and cheese is a highlight at $5, and can be made all the better with some DIY salsa bar action.

Poquito Mas

This Southern California chain has ten locations and thousands of loyal followers, many of whom call ahead during the week for a simple bean and cheese burrito order. There’s nothing fancy about eating beans in your cubicle, but at least the burrito is delicious.[photo: Facebook]

J&S No. 3

At well under $5, this bean and cheese legend is the gift that keeps on giving. Whipped beans synergize seamlessly with the melted cheese inside, creating something much more magical than just its simple ingredients.

Lupe’s #2

Beyond Al & Bea’s, Lupe’s is likely the most-talked about bean and cheese in town. Laced as you wish with red or green chiles, this East LA walk-up stand is still worth the hype.

La Fogata Mexican Restaurant

From the light-up menu with the backlit food photos to the hefty burrito plates poured over with a dichotomy of salsas, Sherman Oaks’ La Fogata does easygoing comfort Mexican right. It’s easy to see why, then, their regular bean and cheese gets so much attention.[photo: Yelp]

Don Ruben Mexican Grill

Don Ruben doesn’t just make loads of wonderful bean and cheese burritos fresh daily, they also cater ‘em. That means your next party could be made all the better with a few boxes of bean and cheese burritos, sold by the dozen. They’re sure to be a fan favorite.

Taco Nazo

Though mostly known as an early entrant into LA’s ongoing fried fish taco wars, Taco Nazo is quietly considered a destination for bean and cheese burritos as well.[photo: Yelp]

La Azteca Tortilleria

This tortilla-making favorite is most well-known for its chile relleno burrito, but don’t let the regular bean and cheese sneak past you. It’s the same perfectly-realized tortilla wrapping up the ingredients, and the family behind the longstanding name doesn’t cut corners when working up a batch of beans, either.[photo: Facebook]