What's the best part of a burrito


When you think of inexpensive, typically Mexican-Mexican food, the first thing that comes to mind next to the taco is the burrito - our word of the day today. Apart from the fact that it is a popular late-night snack after a few too many drinks and can also be prepared in the microwave if you really need something to eat quickly, most certainly don't waste too much thought on the burrito. But if you consider that the burrito inspired its own legendary creation, the resulting subculture and its following, then it deserves a closer look at this point.

Burrito is not an ordinary food, nor is it an ordinary word. In fact, the only thing we know for sure about the origin of the word is that a donkey is involved. Linguistically speaking, the word means “little donkey, donkey” in Spanish, probably as a reference to the rolled blankets and bundles that donkeys carried. But there is another story, according to which the name is derived from the idea that the end of a rolled burrito looks like the bent ear of a donkey. And then there is the completely made-up story of Juan Mendez, who sold "rolled tacos" (to keep the filling warm) that were transported by his donkey in El Paso at the time of the Mexican Revolution. Whatever the source, it has been established that Mesoamericans have eaten a rolled dish that looked very much like a burrito for hundreds of years.

Burrito origins and history

From many possible origins in the 1800s to their first appearance on the menu at El Cholo restaurant in Los Angeles in the 1930s and to this day, burritos have been and are more than just street food. Today, not only are burritos differentiated according to their fillings, for example Mexican or how they are prepared in San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, but they are also available in less traditional variants such as breakfast burrito or gratinated burrito, also known as enchilada. While it's nearly impossible to estimate global burrito sales, you only need to look at the Chipotle Mexican Grill numbers to see the popularity of this dish: their number of outlets has increased fivefold over the past decade, and so have they The chain's sales have increased by at least 20% annually - not bad at all for a little donkey.

The first known use of the word in the English language comes from Erna Fergusson’s Mexican Cookbook (1934), in which she writes: "Burritos (Little donkey). Mix up a tortilla mixture, but pour a little more batter into the pan than usual. Make a recess in the middle and put Chicharrones in it. " A few decades later, in 1962, different variants began to develop, such as Mulvey & Alvarez in Good Food from Mexico Explain: “Burritos are very different in northern Mexico and southwestern United States. A very popular dish today in many restaurants and taco takeaways in California and Texas are the burritos from the north. These consist of a tortilla made from flour, in which you wrap a small amount of baked beans, seasoned with chilli to taste. " Aside from quotes from history, perhaps the best quote is a more modern one from Jarod Kintz's 2011 book This Book is Not FOR SALE, in which, as a burrito fan, he makes the following philosophical consideration: “What do you call half-time with a burrito? Sadness."