Burritos have been a staple of Mexican food and the American diet for many years. What is not to love about a plethora of your favorite flavors mixed and packed together by a perfectly rolled tortilla? In our last blog, we talked about 8 signs that you may be obsessed with burritos. To find out how obsessed you are with burritos, read this blog post. One sign that we would add to the list is that you know all there is to know about burritos: their history, the various types of burritos, and even when they have disrupted a film set. Feeling a little shaky about your burrito knowledge? Keep reading and learn a little more about the beloved burrito.

They’re named after donkeys.

That’s right! Burrito is actually the Spanish word for “little donkey.” Why? Because burritos look roughly like little donkeys. If you look at your burrito carefully, the ends look like the ears of a donkey. Burritos could also be named for the little bed rolls that were often packed on donkeys. Whatever you think your burrito looks like, this is the origin of the name.

“Burrito” was first seen in 1895.

The word burrito first appeared in print in 1895. However, the actual date of origin of our beloved burritos isn’t quite as clear. It is speculated that burritos were created for the convenience needs of farm and field workers who usually left their home and stayed on the farm or in the field all day. Like we mentioned before, burritos essentially are convenient little packages of heaven that can be easily eaten on the go.

Burritos are different in Mexico.

Like the age old debates about authentic Mexican food and their American counterparts, burritos in America are slightly different. Burritos made in Mexico are smaller and simpler, often only containing two ingredients—meat, potatoes, rice and beans, cheese or chile relleno. Also, burritos are more of a northern Mexico thing. Burritos in southern Mexico are called tacos de harina (wheat flour tacos).

Thanks Mission District!

So where did our giant burritos originate from? The Mission District is responsible for giving us the iconic hefty American burrito. The “super burrito” was created by Febronio Ontiveros at El Faro in San Francisco and became incredibly popular in San Francisco’s Mission District during the 60s and 70s. Rice, sour cream, guacamole, meat, cheese, and beans made up the contents of the super burrito.

That concludes our blog about fun facts about burritos. However, stay tuned for our next blog to learn more about burritos and keep your obsession going strong!

Are You Hungry Yet?

We are getting hungry just talking about burritos. If you live in the Monterey area and are in need of a burrito or other tasty Mexican cuisine, stop into El Charrito! We are serving up fresh eats all day long. Come for one of our breakfast burritos or stop in for lunch or dinner and get some tamales, one of our burritos, tortas, or plates. We always serve fresh salsa and are passionate about good food. Stop in today and enjoy food that will fill you up and feed your soul!