Let’s Pay Culinary Homage to the Humble Burrito on Its National Day of Celebration

Humble ‘Mexican’ meal gets its due every April 1
By CYNTHIA YANG, Weekendr Staff Writer
Published on Apr 1, 2021

Every day is something, as we have long learned, and today, besides being April Fool’s Day, is “National Burrito Day.” Seriously.

The origin of the humble burrito has long been disputed. Some say the rolled and filled flour tortilla (which is what they call an “omelet” in Spain, for some reason),  resembles the folded ears of a young burro. Others say it resembles the rolled sleeping roll often carried on the backs of burros by travelers.

According to the Diccionario de Mexicanismos, a burrito is a “rolled tortilla with meat or other ingredients inside, called ‘coçito’ in Yucatán and ‘taco’ in the city of Cuernavaca and in Mexico City.”

The Encyclopedia of Latino Culture offers a few theories: People from Sonora, a northwestern Mexican state,  invented the burrito because it was easy to travel with. The name “burrito” may have come from heretofore noted connection to the  donkey. Another theory is that the burrito came from Chihuahua, during the Mexican revolution in the 1910s. As one story has it, a vendor wrapped his food in a flour tortilla, and then transported his new creation on a small donkey.

There is also the idea of  Spanish origins, which is always a good answer for anything Mexico-related. Suffice to say that the burrito has become as American as Pollo Loco, and now feeds millions of people in North America every day, with a wide range of fillings and even toppings. (The burrito, not the people.)

These days few burritos are found in Southern Mexico. They’re tourist food sold near the US border and in tourist destinations.

Thus vaguely explains such monstrosities as the frozen burrito,  reportedly invented in California in the 1960s,  and the breakfast burrito, “invented” in a food lab in the 1970s.

Which brings us to 2021, and something called “Burritos or Bitcoin,” a Burrito Day game concocted by Chipotle, which is a Colorado-based company founded by Steve Ells, of which the McDonald’s Corporation is a major investor.

Chipotle and Stefan Thomas, the Founder and CEO of Coil, will launch a new interactive game called “Burritos or Bitcoin.” In a playful ode to Thomas’s experience losing the login to his hard drive that stored $387 million in Bitcoin, Chipotle is encouraging fans to carry out a mock “chiptocurrency” rescue mission and crack the code on its digital wallet.

Each player will have ten (10) tries to guess a valid six-digit code for a chance to win a free burrito or up to $25,000 in Bitcoin.

We’re still trying to figure out the burrito connection ourselves.

Meanwhile, if your desire is to simply locate a burrito for your own culinary homage, here is a list of every Mexican restaurant in Pasadena. Chances are very bueno that each offers a burrito. You’re welcome.

•Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant
1076 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena , CA 91106
(626) 577-1307


•Anaya’s Restaurant
630 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 460-8893


•Cabrera’s Mexican Restaurant
655 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 795-0230


•Chipotle Mexican Grill
246 S Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 229-9173


•Chiquita Bonita
3565 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107-3817


•El Cholo Cafe Pasadena
300 E. Colorado Blvd, Suite 214,
Pasadena Ca. 91101
at Paseo Colorado
(626) 795-5800


•El Metate
12 N Mentor Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 229-0706


•El Matador Authentic Mexican Food
1806 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 314-3449


•El Portal Restaurant
695 E. Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 795-8553


•El Torito – Pasadena
3333 E Foothill Blvd,
Pasadena, CA


•IxTapa Cantina
119 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, Ca 91105


•King Taco
45 N. Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, Ca 91103
(626) 792-0405


2383 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 795-3499


•Maestro Restaurant
110 E Union St.
Pasadena, CA 91103


•Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
155 S Rosemead Blvd, Pasadena CA 91107
(626) 449-4193


•Mercado Pasadena
140 S Lake Ave Suite 101
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 345-5778


•Mijares Mexican Restaurant
145 Palmetto Dr, Pasadena, CA


•Salsa Picante Pasadena
1251 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena, California 91104,


•Rubio’s Coastal Grill
330 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101


•Urbano Mexican Kitchen
147 W. California Blvd.
Pasadena, Ca 91105


•Yahaira’s Cafe
698 E. Colorado St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 844-3254


•Yuca’s Pasadena
1075 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

3 Comments to: Let’s Pay Culinary Homage to the Humble Burrito on Its National Day of Celebration

  1. Bernie

    April 1st, 2021

    You forgot my long time favorite. Rosarito Restaurant is at 2237 E Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91107.

  2. ML

    April 1st, 2021

    How could you leave off Burrito Express?!!

  3. Eric

    April 1st, 2021

    La Estrella? Three locations on Orange Grove (2) and Fair Oaks.


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