Thank Goodness Someone Invented the Burrito!

A very popular item at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant is the meal that comes all wrapped up in a tortilla - the burrito. As with most food history stories, the origin of the burrito is a bit hazy, but we've gathered some information about it for you to consider. It will give you something to think about the next time you enjoy a burrito at Mexicali Blues

Burrito History
Going all the way back to 10,000 B.C., Mesoamerican peoples in Mexico wrapped foods in corn tortillas, with fillings like chili peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, squash, and avocados. Pueblo peoples in the Southwestern U.S. were also known to fill tortillas with beans and meat sauce a long time ago. These resemble the delicious burrito that we know and love today, but their versions are considered to be more like our modern-day taco instead. 

An old piece of folk history claims that Juan Mendez used a donkey to transport himself and the tacos that he sold at a street stand in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez during the Mexican Revolution. He would keep the food warm by wrapping it in large homemade flour tortillas placed under a small tablecloth. People began looking forward to his "food of the burrito" (or "food of the donkey," since burrito means little donkey in Spanish) and after a while, they simply started referring to his food as burritos for short.     

Our Burritos
We don't use a donkey to get the fresh ingredients to our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant, but how the food gets here doesn't really matter. What matters are the fresh, savory ingredients that we use to create the burritos we are proud to serve at Mexicali Blues. We've come up with some delicious varieties for you to give a try. Most of them are available in either regular or large size.   

Mexicali - A flour tortilla stuffed with refried beans & meat, smothered with enchilada sauce & cheese, then topped with lettuce, sour cream & green onions. Fajita chicken or steak can be added for a small additional charge. 

Bean -  A refried bean burrito topped with enchilada sauce, lettuce, cheese, sour cream & green onions.

Chili Con Queso -  A ground beef & bean burrito smothered with chili con queso, topped w/ lettuce, sour cream & green onions.

El Zapatista - A flour tortilla filled with fajita chicken or shrimp, rice, grilled onions & peppers, smothered with cream cheese sauce and topped with lettuce, pico de gallo & cilantro.

Surf & Turf - Steak & shrimp, rice & beans, topped with enchilada sauce, cheese, lettuce, sour & green onions.

Pancho Villa - A large tortilla stuffed with black beans, rice, pork, chicken & beef, then smothered with enchilada sauce, chili con queso & queso blanco. It's all topped with lettuce, sour cream, guacamole & green onions.

Deep Fried Burrito - This one's stuffed with meat, beans & rice and then deep-fried and topped with enchilada sauce, melted cheese, lettuce, sour cream & green onion.

Chipotle - A large burrito stuffed with beans, cheese & chipotle sauce, topped with cheese & sour cream with grilled onions & peppers on the side.

Bet you're craving a burrito about now! With all of the delicious varieties we serve at Mexicali Blues, there's sure to be one that will tickle the taste buds of everyone. Of course, if you don't happen to be in the mood for a burrito when you come in, we have a menu full of the best Mexican food at the Lake of the Ozarks for you to pick from. Add one of our famous margaritas to the mix, and that's a meal to get excited about!
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