(Lakewood, Colorado): Rain or shine there’s always a line at Tamale Kitchen on South Kipling and Belleview in Jefferson County. It might very well be due to the ever tasty and always filling breakfast burritos. For as long as anyone can remember there have always been breakfast burritos in Colorado. So it’s little wonder why Jeffco’s favorite stop for breakfast burritos prompted us to do a little research into who actually invented this delicacy.
Cloud Pick: Tamale Kitchen in Jeffco
The Cloud salutes this savory creation that begins with these key ingredients and ends with a nice warm tummy. First, creamy rich chili, gently whipped and scrambled fresh eggs, nicely diced and roasted potato, shredded monterey jack cheese, all delicately wrapped in a warm fluffy flour tortilla. At this point of culinary bliss your only real dilemmas: red or green chili, smothered or wrapped in foil.
Happy Mother and Daughter at Tamale Kitchen
Tamale Kitchen is a Colorado treasure. As winter’s alpine season finally begins, its every snow ski or boarders first stop (perhaps after Starbucks). On warmer days in Jeffco its also the first stop (okay, maybe second after Starbucks) of every golfer and mountain biker in the Colorado. You have not loved and lost until one of the many pesky magpies at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Jefferson County steals your breakfast burrito on the number one tee.
Historical accounts of the breakfast burrito point far south of Belleview Avenue.
In Santa Fe, New Mexico, Little William Harm’s Burrito Shack, claims to have invented the original breakfast burrito in 1975, filling a rolled tortilla with bacon and potatoes, served with chili and cheese. Other aficionados believe the creation was a little to the north in Taos, New Mexico. Where Michaels Kitchen created a breakfast dish with both red and green chili that same year. That colorful creation became the Christmas Burrito (red + green).
But long ago, right here in Colorado, the original La Hacienda in Five Points may have beat out both.
In 1950 Salvador and Esther Mackintosh founded the now gone La Hacienda in an old church at 3090 Downing.
The Mackintosh Family story is one of Denver legend.
According to that legend, the breakfast burrito was born when young Esther began work at the restaurant in the early morning hours. In order to keep her many children and now growing staff fed at that hour? You guessed it. Every morning Esther Mackintosh simply rolled a warm fluffy flour tortilla, gently whipped farm fresh eggs and cheese from the original Royal Crest Dairy, with her legendary green chili pork gravy.
I think we are going with Esther’s legend from a historical perspective and Tamale Kitchen today.
Now, that’s a wrap.