The History of the Burrito

After our famous tacos and margaritas, the burrito is a favorite at our Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. While the exact origin of the burrito is a bit hazy, there are a few interesting pieces in its long history. Mexicali Blues took a look a the possible history of this now American favorite, the burrito!

The Word Burrito In Spanish

While burritos are a fan favorite at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant, anyone who knows a little bit of Spanish may raise an eyebrow at the name. The word "burrito" derives from the Spanish word "burro," which means donkey. "Burrito" actually means "little donkey." How did this delicious item get named after a donkey, though? For that answer, we need to dive into the history. 

 The Origin Of The Name Burrito

Like many other dishes and cocktails, the history of the burrito is highly disputed. There are quite a few stories about how the burrito got its name, but little in the way of documented evidence backing them up. However, one of the most popular stories is of a man named Juan Mendez from Chihuahua, Mexico. He used a donkey to carry around his supplies for his food cart. To keep the food warm, he would wrap it up in a big homemade flour tortilla. Around the time of the Mexican Revolution in the early 1900s, this fast and easy food item quickly became popular. The theory is that the concoction got its name because it was sold out of a donkey cart. 

The Burrito Came To The U.S.

In the 1900s, the burrito made its way into the U.S. The first mention of the burrito on a U.S. menu was in the 1930s at the El Cholo Spanish Cafe in Los Angeles, however, burritos most likely had already been making its way around the states. Once the burrito made its way into the U.S., it quickly took off. California made its own Mission burrito in San Francisco, and it is one of the most popular styles of burritos.It's wrapped in a tortilla and then again in aluminum foil. The burrito has also crossed cultural boundaries, and there are now burritos made with Thai chicken or Chinese pork. In 1975, the breakfast burrito, which is a tortilla stuffed with eggs, potatoes and bacon, found its way into mainstream fast food restaurants. 

If you're now craving a delicious burrito, you're in luck! At our Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have a bunch of different burritos for you to chow down on. From our Mexicali burrito that's stuff with refried beans & meat and smothered with enchilada sauce and cheese to our surf & turf burrito with steak and shrimp, rice and beans and topped with enchilada sauce, cheese, lettuce, sour cream and green onions, there is something for everyone! Hurry on over to Lake of the Ozarks' best Mexican restaurant!
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