On the first Thursday of April, National Burrito Day celebrates one of North America's favorite Mexican foods. The dish, which consists of a corn tortilla filled with a combination of delicious ingredients, is something that appeals to anyone, whether they like chicken, beef, or prefer vegetables, which explains its popularity. Burrito lovers will be happy to know that many restaurants offer National Burrito Day deals and discounts, so you can commemorate this day by having a burrito for every meal if you feel like it!
History of National Burrito Day
There is no information about who invented National Burrito Day, or when they did it. But the history of burritos as a dish, and its arrival in America is well documented.
Although burritos have likely existed for longer, the first mention of this dish appeared in the Dictionary of Mexicanisms in 1895. Burrito in Spanish means "little donkey", and it is believed that burritos were given their name because when they are rolled they look like the bedrolls that donkeys would carry on their backs at the time. A burrito was defined as being a "rolled tortilla, with meat or other food inside." and was very popular in Guanajuato and Guerrero, in Mexico.
Although Mexican migrant workers brought their love for burritos into California in the early 20th century, burritos weren't popular with the American population until the 1930s, when restaurants began serving their own version of the burrito.
While Mexican burritos have only meat and beans as fillings, Americans reinvented the burrito to include many ingredients such as meat, cheese, salsa, vegetables, and of course, controversially, rice. The first American restaurant to sell burritos was the El Cholo Spanish Cafe in Los Angeles.
From Los Angeles, the burrito became popular across the entire country sometime around the 1950s, and it became even more accessible to families when the frozen burrito was invented in 1964. There are now many variations of the burrito, such as fried burritos, breakfast burritos, and the endless possibilities of fillings mean that this is a dish that can be enjoyed by everyone.
How to Celebrate National Burrito Day
This is one of those holidays you are sure to enjoy celebrating because all it takes is for you to enjoy a delicious burrito. With so many different ingredients and the existence of the breakfast burrito, you could even have a burrito for every meal.
Many restaurants and fast-food chains, such as Chipotle, offer special deals and discounts on National Burrito Day, so you can take advantage of that and treat yourself. Or you can support your local Mexican restaurants and go for the real deal.
Your other option is to make your own burritos. Buy your favorite ingredients and get to work. Invite some friends over and have a do-it-yourself burrito bar so everyone is happy and has their burrito how they like it.