Burritos Galore


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A burrito is a Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla folded over fillings such as meat, refried beans, lettuce, cheese, and salsa. In Today I Found Out’s The History of Burritos, Emily Upton says, “…We can’t be sure exactly how burritos got their name. Some people believe that it could simply be because burritos look a bit like a donkey’s ears or the rolled packs and bedrolls often carried by donkeys…”

How Burritos Earned World Fame

Some believe that the burrito was an innovation that appeared in Chihuahua. In “In the beginning, there were burritos”, Morgan Lamborn shares a widely accepted narrative of how burritos first appeared in the food scene. “Mexican popular tradition tells the story of a man named Juan Mendez who used to sell tacos in a street stand, using a donkey as a transport for himself and the food, during the Mexican Revolution period (1910-1921) in the Bella Vista neighborhood in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. To keep the food warm, Juan had the idea of wrapping the food placed in a large homemade flour tortilla inside individual napkins. He had a lot of success, and consumers came from other places around the Mexican border looking for the “food of the Burrito,” the word they eventually adopted as the name for these large tacos.”

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