Burritos


Burritos

For decades burritos have been a favorite and a staple of Mexican and Tex-Mex food. They are a portable lunch, with a filling wrapped inside a large wheat tortilla and then rolled up with the ends closed. Sometimes the chef will steam the tortilla a little before rolling so that it is easier to work with and less prone to tearing.

 

History

the true history of the burrito isn’t clearly known, as there are conflicting reports of where the burrito was originally created. Suffice it to say, it probably got its origin because of the need of workers to be able to take their meals with them into the field. In Spanish, “burrito” means “little donkey”. There are some theories that burritos were originally sold from a vendor with a donkey, hence the name that they were given.

 

Regional Varieties

As with any food whose recipe is open to interpretation, burritos vary in how they are made across countries. In Mexico they usually only have one or two ingredients, as opposed to San Diego where they are stuffed to the brim with more ingredients. In San Francisco, burritos usually come wrapped in foil to keep them warm and pliable. With the popularity of restaurants like Taco Bell, the true recipe of burritos has changed and is now something you can make to taste for yourself.

 

Breakfast

Breakfast burritos are becoming more and more popular in the United States. They consist of eggs, meat, and cheese wrapped in a large warm tortilla. For some people these are a quick and easy way to eat breakfast on the go. Another type of burrito is known as the “wet burrito”. This consists of a burrito smothered with sauce and cheese. It is eaten with a fork and knife and is not as portable as other varieties.

 

Similar Foods

Due to people’s concern with counting calories and wanting their food to be as healthy as possible, burrito bowls are now quite common. They consist of all of the ingredients that would go in a typical burrito, but served over rice. Chimichangas are burritos that have been deep-fried and are typically covered with a sauce or cheese. They are poplar in Tex-Mex cuisine and some parts of Mexico.

 

As you can see, there are a lot of different options open to you when you are craving a burrito. The next time you want one of these delicious foods you can try something a little different!