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06.23.23 in Popular Mexican Dishes

Why Are Burritos So Popular In California?

Why Are Burritos So Popular In California?

You may be familiar with our Burrito Compuesto and Burrito Asada Steak, as they are some of our most popular menu items. As Mexican-American cuisine, burritos are a staple in almost all Mexican restaurants and many homes.

This traditional Mexican food’s origin started in Northern Mexico. But the father south in Mexico you venture, the fewer traces of burritos you will find. One reason for this is because wheat was only grown in Northern Mexico after it was introduced to Mesoamerica in post-Columbian times.

However, burritos could have made its debut in America as war food during the Mexican Revolution in the early 1900s. While ancient Mexicans had tortillas and ate food similar to modern tacos and enchiladas, the burrito differs as it is made with a wheat tortilla instead of a corn tortilla.

Why Are Burritos Are So Popular

Burritos are popular because they are delicious, portable and versatile meals good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Albeit most people aren’t interested in the origin of this delightful food, the burrito’s history is worth knowing. For example, the first mention of a burrito in a U.S. menu was in the 1930s at a Spanish cafe in Los Angeles.

The Burrito Combines Old World and New World Flavors

Another reason why burritos are popular is that it can be filled with various types of traditional meats and beans. Or filled with guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, cheese, rice, salsa and many other popular ingredients.

At Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant, we have several options for burritos, including our breakfast burrito and Burrito California. In essence, anything wrapped in a flour tortilla can potentially be considered a burrito. And this is why burritos are so popular because they are extremely versatile.

The Tx-Mex fad started in the U.S. during the 1970s, which is also another reason why burritos are popular. Although the burrito is widely found in the U.S. and Northern Mexico, the rest of Mexico doesn’t consider the burrito as a tradition Mexican food.

In fact, in Southern Mexico, you’ll only find them in tourist areas. There, they are made especially for Americans and their burrito-obsessed palates.

Next time you’re craving a burrito, which we know will be very soon, get your fix at Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant!

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