A Burrito in Your Hand

How burritos got their name

The word burrito translates from Spanish as “little donkey” and may have come about as being a sidekick to the original donkey of Juan Mendez, a food cart vendor from Chihuahua in the early 1900’s. In a popular story it is said that for convenience, Juan Mendez used to wrap his food in a tortilla both to keep his food warm and make it easier to manage. This new convenient ‘burrito’ became popular during the Mexican Revolution with people finding it handy food to eat on the go.

burro and burrito

The Tex-Mex Burrito

The burrito first appeared on United States menus during the 1930’s. The Tex-Mex form of the burrito has a lot more to offer than its traditional Mexican counterpart. Rice, vegetables, beans, meat, and cheese make up many burritos across the United States and around the world. It is common to get these served with beans, rice, and a salad made of lettuce and tomatoes on the side. Guacamole and sour cream are also popular to add on to enhance the flavor. Classic sauces you will see include red, green, sour cream, tomato, and queso. There is a combination of flavours for almost everyone, which is one reason why this dish has become so popular.

Burrito’s – What you may not know?

You might be surprised to learn that burritos are not so widely consumed in Mexico as compared to the USA. These days, burritos are much more popular in the U.S. and the northern part of Mexico than they are in Mexico as a whole.

If you fry a burrito, it becomes a chimichanga!