I’m so excited to be sharing my California Burrito Recipe with you! Have you tried a California Burrito? This humongous burrito is filled with cubed Carne Asada, hot french fries, creamy guacamole, Mexican salsa, and more!

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What is a California Style Burrito?

Although it’s known as the California Burrito, the only place you can get your hands on one is in San Diego.

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My neighborhood is littered with taco shops, but Estrada’s is my favorite! They make a mean California Burrito!

Sure, Montana has a lot to offer, Mexican food is not one of them. With this in mind, I decided to deconstruct the California Burrito. My goal was not only to figure out how to make one but to perfect the recipe.

Guess what? I believe I’ve done it! If your upcoming travel plans don’t include San Diego, it’s ok. Just follow my easy California Burrito recipe. It’s sure to be a family favorite!

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How to Make This Recipe

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There are many components to making a California Burrito. It’s easier to make some of these components ahead of time. This includes guacamole and salsa.

Creamy Guacamole

Prepare guacamole using my creamy guacamole recipe. Set aside until needed.

Carne Asada

Begin by marinating the Carne Asada for three to four hours. Dice marinated meat and cook in a heated pan, over high heat, until cooked and slightly charred on the outside.

You can also skip the marinated meat if you’re in a hurry and season some diced sirloin instead. See recipe notes for more information.


Deep-fry the fries in 375-degree F. oil until golden brown.

How to Assemble A California Burrito

To start, you need an extra-large tortilla, something comparable to the one pictured below. The approximate size is 12″.

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Spread the large tortilla with some creamy guacamole and sour cream.

Add cooked, diced Carne Asada, and a handful of hot, just-fried french fries.

Top with shredded Mexican cheese, salsa, or pico de Gallo. Finish off with cilantro and diced onions, if desired.

Microwave for one minute and roll tightly into a burrito (or roll first, then microwave).

Dig in!!!

Recipe FAQs and Expert Tips

  • For a quicker option, use diced sirloin, seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder instead of marinated Carne Asada.
  • If you’re watching calories, cook the french fries in the oven, according to directions on the bag instead of frying them.
  • To cut down on calories, use can also use smaller tortillas or use low carb tortillas instead.
  • I recommend softening the tortillas first by charring them quickly over a stove-top.

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