Thursday, March 19, 2009

what is a burrito - to you?

based on my dining experience this evening, and the great responses i've received on twitter so far, i ask you....

what is a burrito?

i'm interested in the idea of what a "burrito" is from people all over the world... go!

16 comments:

John Zyski said...

Burrito: The Mexican hotdog.

alx said...

The good burrito is the one I miss when I'm away from home.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

A burrito, to me, is a flour tortilla with meat and cheese inside of it, possibly with rice or veggies, sour cream or salsa or guacamole.

Chipotle makes the best.

Melanie Hewitt said...

If you peradventure into my current neck of the woods, a burrito could be many different things. There are the regular sized hand-made flour tortilla variety stuffed with meat, beans, cheeses and, if you don't want to get bonked on the forehead, a light tossing of tomatoes and lettuce. However, if you are brave enough to step through the doors of the lesser known mom and pop restaurants you could be faced with what we call "the burrito what gives you the Bu": it is the greased mass produced flour tortilla dripping with juices, overly stuffed with overly seasoned meat, a few beans, and if you're lucky some cheese that will keep you crying from the throne in your bathroom because you won't be able to leave it. So pretty much the burrito is like playing Russion roulette: if you're lucky you may still be alive at the end of it.

Kana said...

My burrito? a soft flour tortilla with meat,beans, cheese, with tomatoes and lettuce optional. topped with sour cream and/or salsa!

Eva said...

Ok, now I feel like I have to make a PR campaign.

A tex-mex burrito, is what all of you have described above. A Mexican burrito is a reasonably sized flour tortilla filled with one dish. They are at most an inch thick, but often they are thinner. The most typical dishes are: skirt (meat) with red pepper salsa, pork meat with green salsa, refried beans and cheese (mixed into one lump), a stuffed pepper (the best IMHO), or scrambled eggs with dry meat. One needs to be in northern Mexico, or grow up with northern Mexican parents, or get very lucky in the southern US to eat these.

There.

Rik Gern said...

A burrito is:

1) One of the reasons I moved to Texas

and

2) Something I shouldn't have ordered in Australia.
(Hint-Velveeta cheese for starters.)

astropixie said...

very interesting. thanks for the mexican perspective eva! even after living in texas, my idea of burritos continues to be something much bigger than one inch thick!

i should never have brought this up, because now i'm really craving a burrito!!! i know what i'll be attempting to make this weekend. i've never tried to make tortillas at home, but tasty tortillas are hard (impossible?) to find in the stores i've checked in england. also, salsa.

i miss queso, too.

rik - yuck!

Clara said...

For me a "burrito" is a little donkey- I`m portuguese by the way- , or a traditional mexican spicy "tortilla".

Action Wolfe said...

There is two ways, from my perspective, of what burrito means. One is a Mexican food - a tortilla with filling. The other is a phallic euphemism... which is like year 5 but me and my friends still pull the piss with it.

xx Action Wolfe
actionwolfe.blogspot.com

Jeff said...

No salsa in the UK. bummer.

Double-Dolphin said...

err...Mexican fast food thingy??

PHILosopher said...

I'm an individual of simplicity.
A Burrito is simply a tortilla wrapped completely around (if not wrapped completely it becomes a taco)a variety of Mexican foods of your choosing.

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

A burrito, a REAL one comes from the privately owned Super Taqueria in Wastonville, CA., where you don't neccesarily have to speak Spanish, but it helps and I've learned enough to place my order. Its at least 4 inches FAT, and 12 inches long (I can't eat a whole one, but I put it in the fridge... warmed up next day its just as good) ... flour tortilla, beans - (and not just any beans - a special pinto bean recipe which they will not divulge), rice - more from the special recipes file, meat-of-your choice, cheese, avocados, and a red or green sauce (yep, another special). Once you've had one, no other burrito measures up.

Anonymous said...

Whatever it is, a burrito is NOT a foodbomination from 7-11 with a no-positive-id-possible-or-advisable mixture of mashed meat-like substance with mashed bean-like substance jammed unwillingly into a flour tortilla-thing from beyond the dawn of time itself.

Lady P said...

In SF, where I used to live - a burrito was what anyone could afford to eat anytime of the week, day or late night, because they were for sale in every neighborhood. And, they were a huge LOG of beans,meat of choice (or veggies/tofu -it was SF after all!)rice,cheese and pico de gallo, plus guac and sour cream, if you wanted. And many places had hot pickled carrots,peppers, homemeade salsas and green verde sauce on the side that you could pack up and take with you, if on the run, or slather on at will yourself. I miss it incredibly - nothing like it - Southern Cal - yum!