Mexican Food Explained: Behind the Burrito

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At one time or another, we have all crossed paths with Mexican food. Although the term categorizes a broad range of food selections, there are a few staples that every Mexican Restaurant in New Hampshire offers.  For instance, the modern day burrito is an offering dating back to the early 1900’s yet readily available when dining out. At California Burritos, we take pride in honoring history by offering authentic Mexican cuisine made to order.

From burrito bowls to fresh pineapple Pico de Gallo, Mexican food has never tasted better. But for now, we’re sticking to the burrito.


The Origins


During the Mexican Revolution, a tale of a man named Juan Mendez arose.  The story goes Mr. Mendez sold tacos on the streets of Ciudad Juarez.  During this time transportation was limited.  Thus, while using a donkey as his primary means of transport, Mr. Mendez would wrap his food in large homemade flour tortillas to keep his meals warm.  As the “food of the burrito” or “food of the little donkey” grew in popularity, “burrito” was eventually adopted as the name for these tacos.



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Journey to America


Because Ciudad Juarez is located in Northern Mexico, boarding El Paso, Texas, the journey into the United States was only a matter of time.

The first Mexican restaurant in the United States to offer a modern-day burrito dates back to 1961. 

The small store in San Francisco is said to be the first to incorporate the added ingredients that many of us have come to love and expect today.  With the addition of rice, guacamole, and sour cream, the burrito developed into what was known as the “San Francisco style,” or “mission-style” burrito. Further cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego heard of the trend and began exploring and creating their own unique take on the Mexican offering.


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The Makings


Authentic Mexican burritos consist of two thin flour tortillas filled with a variety of ingredients.  Although the ingredients can be as creative and unique as one’s imagination, a traditional burrito is filled with meat, vegetables, and beans.  However, rice and guacamole are two very common additions.

Whatever your palette prefers, the key to a burrito is the flour tortilla. 

Perhaps you prefer a corn tortilla, that’s fine, no judgement here.  However, now you’re talking about an enchilada. (Mind blown, you’re welcome).





Next time you’re in the mood for Mexican food, stop into California Burritos.  With three convenient locations in New Hampshire, we offer only the freshest ingredients that will have you coming back time and time again.

Visit our menu online and make California Burritos your go-to Mexican restaurant in New Hampshire.



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