Not all burritos are created equal—just ask Nate Silver. Before the statistician accurately predicted the last two presidential elections, the self-described “burritophile” attempted to find Chicago’s best burrito—but Silver quit before completing his quest.

Then, Silver brought back the Burrito Bracket early this year, setting his sights on a far bigger goal: crowning a national burrito champion.

On his website, FiveThirtyEight, silver evaluated 67,391 burrito-selling establishments with the help of food experts, and selected 64 of the nation’s top burritos to compete in the search for America’s best.

Since then, journalist Anna Maria Barry-Jester (the Bracket’s taster and official burrito correspondent) has traveled more than 20,000 miles around the United States and eaten 84 burritos in two rounds. Tough life.

So, who took the title of America’s Best Burrito? None other than La Taqueria in San Franciscos Mission District.


We appreciate the FiveThirtyEight team’s determination to declare the best burrito in America, but we have to ask: Why do they cut burritos lengthwise? It’s monstrous.

Plus, it kind of looks like…well, we’ll let BuzzFeedFood editor Rachel Sanders say what we’re all thinking.

Here’s a video of the FiveThirtyEight burrito correspondent describing the “juicy but not messy” ingredients found within the La Taqueria burrito. “It’s a technical masterpiece,” says Barry-Jester.

Head to FiveThirtyEight to see videos of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place burritos, which can be found at: Delicious Mexican Eatery in El Paso, TX; Al & Bea’s in Los Angeles, CA; Taqueria Tlaxcalli in Bronx, NY.

[via FiveThirtyEight]

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