The History of the Burrito

The History of the Burrito

A burrito is undoubtedly one of the most popular Mexican food items. Not only do they taste fantastic, but they can be a healthy, on-the-go item to consume, making them a hit among people of all age.

Burritos are classified as part of the Tex-Mex culinary specialties. Tex-Mex refers to the dishes created by Mexican families living in Texas. According to, burritos are mainly eaten in Chihuahua in Mexico and in the United States. Traditional Mexican cuisine includes food items such as enchiladas, tacos and chili, but many Mexican restaurants offer burritos on their menu.

The name

In Spanish, a “burro” is a donkey. The word “burrito” means little donkey. This meat has never been an ingredient in the tortilla wrap, so where did the name come from? There are a few common stories that are told about the origin of the name. One story claims that a man travelled called Juan Mendez travelled on a donkey and wrapped his food supplies in a  tortilla to keep it warm. The word has been in the Spanish dictionary since 1895, which was before Juan’s time, which makes this tale unlikely though.

Since 1900, Americans have been enjoying burritos. One of the first mentions of a burrito on a local menu was at a Los Angeles based restaurant called El Cholo Spanish Café in the 1930s. In America, the Mission burrito – which refers to a burrito that is wrapped in aluminium foil – is arguably the most popular burrito style.

At Ramonas restaurant, we offer a variety of frozen burritos that you can purchase to enjoy at your leisure. Choose from our shredded beef, potato, cheese, mild green chile, and pinto bean options to stock your freezer with the best burritos in town.

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