Burritos: History in the Making

October 12, 2018


Our customers are always delighted by our burritos. We pack them with delicious pork, chicken, chorizo or beef, beans or refried beans, rice, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, fresh vegetables, house-made sauces, and we make them BIG to satisfy every appetite. Chef Ricardo provides endlessly creative and delicious touches to his ingredients and presentation.


Since you love burritos as much as we enjoy making them, we thought we’d dig into the deep past to find out more about them. You’ll be surprised by what we’ve found out!


We don’t know why, but the literal translation of “burrito” is "little donkey" in Spanish. The theory is it got its name from the appearance of bedrolls and packs that donkeys carried. The word first appears in recorded history in the “Dictionary of Mexicanisms” of 1895, as a term used in the regional area of Guanajuato to describe a "Tortilla rolled, with meat or other food within.”

Some say burritos were a war food, brought into America during the Mexican/American strife of the early 1900s. Once established in America, farmers working the fields of California’s Central Valley agricultural products would prepare lunches in the fields consisting of homemade flour tortillas, beans and salsa picante or hot sauce.

You may be interested to know Mexican don’t consume that many burritos. The dish is traditional to some areas in the north, but in the south of Mexico it exists almost exclusively for tourists.

Genuine authentic Mexican burritos are normally small and thin with only one or two ingredients: some form of meat or fish, potatoes, rice, beans, asadero cheese, chile rajas,or chile relleno. Burritos are a traditional food of Ciudad Juárez, a city in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, where they are sold at restaurants and roadside stands. Northern Mexican border towns, such as Villa Ahumada, are also well known for serving burritos.

While we love to cook and serve authentic Mexican foods at Rica Salsa, we don’t stand on tradition when it comes to the burrito. Real Mexican or not, we make sure ours are stuffed full of delicious ingredients, and really good!


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