What You Need To Know About Mexico’s Favourite Burrito

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Burrito is one of the first things that come to mind when we say Mexican food. This tasty and healthy snack has become the crowd’s favourite in many parts of the world, especially in Western countries. This chunky wrap comes in numerous flavours. Since it is the crowd’s favourite, there have been new variations adding on now and then.

 

If you are a fan of Burrito or you want to try out this delicious snack, read on to find out more about how it came about, and some fantastic recipes that you must try.

 

What Is A Burrito?

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Burrito is a famous Mexican dish. It consists of flour tortilla with different stuffings such as meat, vegetables, and sauces. The tortilla is in a cylindrical form to make a wrap. Although the precise origin of this delicious snack is not known, it is a dish that has Northern Mexico origins.

 

You may be surprised to know that burritos are not as famous in Mexico as it is in Western countries. They are actually not sold outside of the northern parts, and earlier in the days, these wraps were made of cornflour rather than the wheat flour that they are now.

 

In the central parts of Mexico, they are called tacos de harina, which means wheat flour tacos in English. This Mexican delicacy slowly started to get out of Mexico to the other countries and has become more prevalent in other parts of the world than it is in Mexico itself.

 

Burritos can be served in different ways, and one of them is burrito in a bowl, which is pretty much having the same fillings in a container without the tortilla wrap.

 

How To Fold A Burrito?

How To Make, Burrito
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Making a burrito at home is extremely easy. All that you have to do is make a tortilla wrap which can be done by rolling a wheat flour dough and cooking it on a pan. Prepare a set of some of your favourite fillings such as rice, meat, vegetables, and some cheese. Spread out the tortilla wrap and put all the fillings on it. Now use the techniques here to wrap your sauce so that it does not spill out:

 

Take the bottom half of the wrap and join it with the top half.

Now pull the filling back with the one end that you have held so that the mixture comes to one side.

Fold one side of the wrap and then do the same with the other side. Hold the cover with both your hands.

Now roll the rest of the burrito to make a cylinder.

Wrap it up in a foil, and you are good to go!

 

Top 8 Types Of Burrito

 

The combination of fillings can differ from person to person. Therefore, there are countless types of variations available. Here are the eight most opted for burritos that you can find around the world.

 

1.

Mexican Burrito

Mexican Burrito
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The Mexican Burrito or the classic traditional burrito is the first on our list. The burrito is wrapped in a tortilla and has meat and refried beans filling in it. This is the representative form that you will have and should be the choice when you want to taste some authentic Mexican flavour.

 

2.

California Burrito

California Burrito
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Another prevalent type of burrito is the California one that contains grilled beef or chicken, cheddar cheese, salsa fresca, guacamole, and the signature French fries. As it is carb-loaded, this variation is a perfect lunch option!

 

Fun fact: California is actually a heaven for burrito lovers. Thanks to its proximity to Mexico, you can find different Californian versions over there!

 

3.

Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito
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The Breakfast Burrito is for the perfect start of your day with the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. You can prepare it simply using a tortilla wrap, filled with eggs, potatoes, onions, avocado, chorizo, cheese, and some chilli sauce. Or you can find it easily in fast food restaurants during breakfast hours. 

 

4.

Sushi Burrito

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A unique style of type that is gaining popularity as one of the healthiest is the Sushi Burrito. Instead of using a tortilla wrap, it is served with a Japanese twist of seaweed wrap. It comes with rice and fish filling with some radish pickle seasoned with sesame sauce, combined into a big sushi roll. The sushi burrito in itself is another type that has a lot of flavours to choose from.

 

5.

Smothered Burrito

Smothered Burrito
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The Smothered Burrito is another type that comes dipped in cream, cheese, and sauces. This contains meat filling along with rice, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, cheese, and sour cream. Covered in a red enchilada sauce and melted cheese gravy, it also earned itself the title of Wet Burrito.

 

6.

Chimichanga

Chimichanga
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The Chimichanga is not your usual kind of burrito. It is actually a deep-fried burrito, stuffed with a meat filling, refried beans, onions, tomatoes, bell pepper, and cheese. These fillings are wrapped in a flour tortilla, before frying in a pan. As the legends have it, the Chimichanga was discovered accidentally when the owner of El Charro Cafe inadvertently dropped a burrito in a deep fryer. He liked the taste so much that he put it on the menu and it is now one of the most popular flavours.

 

7.

Mission Burrito

Mission Burrito
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The mission burrito is perfect for the days when you are feeling extra hungry, or when you have an increased appetite. This is a jumbo-sized wrap that comes with meat, rice, cheese, beans, guacamole, vegetables, sour cream, and salsa filling. All of this is wrapped in a giant tortilla skin and served.

 

8.

Kogi Burrito

Kogi Burrito
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The Kogi Burrito also called the Korean style burrito, which consists of kimchi as the primary flavouring agent. The tortilla wrap is filled with meat, eggs, hash browns, onion, lettuce, kimchi, sesame chilli salsa Roja, and cheese. Just like the sushi burrito, Kogi is also one of the modern varieties. Invented in 2008, it has now become one of the most famous variations, not only in America but also in other parts of the world.

 

After reading all of this new information about the delicious burritos, surely you are interested in having one yourself. Try out one of the varieties above, and we can assure you that this Mexican dish will become one of your favourites in no time. For those who cannot handle the spice, do remember to advise the chefs to hold on the red chilli sauce! 

 

Here’s an insider’s guide on how you can identify authentic Mexican food, or try some burritos the next time you visit Mexico

 

* This article was contributed by Akshay Sharma.

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