Celebrate National Burrito Day at the Lake of the Ozarks

The first Thursday in April is set aside on the calendar to celebrate one of our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant's most popular dishes - THE BURRITO! National Burrito Day is happening on April 4 this year, so Mexicali Blues decided that today's blog would be the perfect place to sing the praises of this delicious delicacy.  

Another great place to brag about it is right here, in person, at our Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. That way, rather than just talking about it, you can actually enjoy eating one as well! The origin story of the burrito is a bit hazy, but we've pulled together some information about it that will help you better understand this favorite food.  

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. 

The Many Burritos of Mexicali Blues
A donkey will not be delivering the food to your table at Mexicali Blues, but instead, one of our friendly servers. How the burrito gets to you isn't really the important part though. It's the fresh, savory ingredients used to create the burritos that truly matter. 

Our talented chefs have come up with some amazing burrito combinations for you to try when you visit our family-friendly restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. Most of these listed below are available in both regular and large sizes. You'll also find a tasty burrito as a choice for our combo meals and a child-sized version on our kids' menu.   

A flour tortilla stuffed with refried beans and meat, smothered with enchilada sauce and cheese, then topped with lettuce, sour cream, and green onions. 

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

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

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

Surf & Turf
Steak, shrimp, rice, and beans on the inside topped with enchilada sauce, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and green onions on the outside. 

Pancho Villa 
A large tortilla stuffed with black beans, rice, pork, chicken, and beef smothered with enchilada sauce, chili con queso, and queso blanco. This is all topped with lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, and green onions.

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

A large burrito stuffed with beans, cheese, and chipotle sauce and topped with cheese and sour cream with grilled onions and peppers on the side. Available with fajita chicken, fajita, steak, or shrimp. 

With all of the amazing combinations of fillings we use inside the burritos at Mexicali Blues, you're bound to find one that's perfect for everyone at the table. Of course, if you don't happen to be in the mood for a burrito, there are lots of other amazing choices for you to pick from on our menu too. Add one of our famous margaritas to the mix and you've got a meal to get excited about!    

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