Fresh, salty chips, burning hot salsa and maybe the best vegetarian red chile in Denver -- these are just a few of the reasons that I frequent Taqueria Patzcuaro at 2616 West 32nd Avenue. An even bigger draw, though, is the chile relleno burrito, an absolute genius invention that starts with a tortilla, piles on a heaping spoonful of vegetarian refried beans, throws in a soft, Mexican-style egg-battered chile relleno, and wraps it all up into one perfect package.
This huge concoction usually comes smothered in a spicy green chile that many of my carnivorous friends rave about, but for vegetarians, the red chile has a nice spice and plenty of flavor.
The chile relleno platters that I grew up with in New Mexico had their charms, and I'm still partial to that style of crispy fried relleno, but it was just so hard to get a perfect bite. Not so with this burrito: Every taste ensures a bit of rich red chile, tortilla, beans, pan-fried egg batter covering a spicy green chile, and melted Monterey jack cheese. Sometimes I even order a side of sour cream or guacamole (or both!) just to see how many of my favorite Mexican staples I can cram into my mouth at once.
The food at Patzcuaro has a good heat, and since servers aren't stingy with the free chips and salsa refills, you'll probably need to order one or two of the huge margaritas to wash everything down.
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Patzcuaro has been serving up muy autentico Mexican food at the same location since 1978; next summer, it hopes to add a big covered patio to help hold the ever-growing throngs of fans.