In the decades since it became mainstream in the United States, Mexican food has become increasingly popular. In fact, as of 2021, Mexican restaurants were the third most popular among American diners. Only traditional American fare and Italian cuisine beat it out. And it’s really no surprise. Mexican food is versatile, delicious, and appeals to nearly everyone. Within Mexican cuisine, there are also particularly popular foods. One of the most popular is the burrito. What’s more, National Burrito Day just passed on April 6th.
One of the reasons the burrito is such a popular Mexican food is that it’s so versatile. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular burrito fillings.
First, we start with the basics. There are some fillings that no burrito is complete without: rice, beans, and meat. Some people prefer to leave the rice out of their burrito, but we think that it’s the essential base of any good burrito. When it comes to the beans and meat, however, you do have some options. The most common choices for beans are black, pinto, and refried. Each brings its own texture and flavor to a burrito. Next, your other protein choice. What’s your go-to? There’s really no wrong answer here. Whether you like chicken, beef, pork, or carne asada, you’re in for a good meal.
Top it off.
This is where your real burrito freedom lies. There are so many things you can put on a burrito. Vegetables like tomatoes, onions, peppers, and lettuce are welcome additions to the flavors and textures of a burrito. Many people also like to add guacamole and sour cream to burritos to help blend all the ingredients together. And, of course, you can’t forget the cheese.
Spice it up.
Mexican food is famous for its spice, and burritos are no exception. You can add all manner of spicy ingredients to a burrito, but the best way is with salsa. Go for medium salsa for a little kick, or crank it up with hot salsa. Every restaurant and taqueria will have their own levels of spice, so you should always ask how hot their hot salsa is if you’ve never tried it. If you really like the heat, you can add some jalapeños.