A burrito, or taco de harina, is a type of food found in Mexican and Tex-Mex
cuisine. It consists of a flour
tortilla wrapped or folded around a filling. The
flour tortilla is usually lightly grilled or steamed, to soften it and make it
more pliable. In Mexico, refried beans, Mexican rice, or meat are usually the
only fillings and the tortilla is smaller in size.
Left: A burrito.
In the United States,
however, fillings generally include a combination of ingredients such as Mexican
rice, beans, lettuce,
salsa, meat, avocado, cheese, and sour cream, and the size
varies, with some burritos considerably larger than their Mexican counterparts.
Burritos enjoy an immense following that rivals those of hot dogs, hamburgers,
pizza and other fast, convenient foods.
The word burrito literally means "little donkey" in Spanish, coming from
which means "donkey". The name burrito possibly derives from the appearance of a
rolled up wheat tortilla, which vaguely resembles the ear of its namesake
animal, or from bedrolls and packs that donkeys carried.
One very common enhancement found in
the United States is the wet burrito (also called an
burrito), which is a burrito smothered in a red chile sauce similar to an
enchilada sauce, with shredded cheese added on top so that the cheese melts.
Left: Wet burrito style.
This type of burrito is typically placed on a plate and eaten
with a knife and fork, rather than being eaten while held in hand.