A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 25, 2007
Green Chili Burrito “Saddle Style”

The green chili burrito “saddle style” is a specialty of Yuma, Arizona’s Mexican restaurants. The “saddle style” is similar to what’s called a “wet burrito” or a “burrito enchilada style” in California, Michigan, Texas and other states. The burrito is topped (on the outside of the tortilla) with green chili and sometimes cheese.


YAHOO! Local (La Casa Gutierrez, Yuma, AZ)
User Rating: Good
a Yahoo! Local User
11/06/2004
Good Value Mexican Restaurant: This popular Yuma restaurant located in an old house on Orange has been serving basic Mexican food, Yuma style, for years. The menu is limited, but the prices are great. The green chili burrito saddle style -while not as overstuffed as at other places - is a classic version of this Yuma favorite made with a wonderful flour tortilla filled and covered with ground beef and fresh green chilies in a light chili sauce. 

YAHOO! Local (El Charro Cafe, Yuma, AZ)
November 28, 2004
Popular Old Yuma Mexican
By Ed
Pros: big portions
Cons: the salsa

El Charro is the most popular of the old school Yuma Mexican places and has been in business for nearly 60 years (though not always in the same location). The portions are ample, and no one should leave hungry. Their green chile burrito saddle style is a true Yuma treat.

Chowhound - Typical Foods of Every State/Region
Here in Yuma (SW AZ) the local dish would have to be green chili burrito saddle style (also called a wet burrito or burrito enchilada style). The traditional, old school dish has green chili made from coarsely ground beef cooked with chopped mild green chilies, some sliced onions, and bits of tomato wrapped in a large flour tortilla and then topped with more of the green chili mix and yellow cheese. Yum.

Common variations include using more standard style of green chili or another type of burrito filling and covering with enchilada sauce instead of some of the wet filling.

Clearly this is knife and fork food.

ed
May 13, 2006 01:16PM

Chowhound - Yuma Mexican Restaurants
I’m also fond of the green sauce, which makes a fine topping for enchiladas or wet burritos. The green and red chilies are both cooked until the meat has shredded and are very tasty.
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You also should try Chretin’s, Yuma’s oldest Mexican restaurant, now relocated to a big new space at Arizona and 16th. Their take on Mexican food reflects the restaurant’s 1940s and 1950s origins (very different from the style at Los Manjares), but the place has really come alive since it relocated. The green chile there is nothing like anywhere else, and isn’t even green. A green chile burrito served enchilada style (also called wet or saddle style) is a true Yuma experience.
Ed Dibble Jul 24, 2007 09:31AM

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