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National Burrito Day

Date When Celebrated : This holiday event is held on the first Thursday of April

It's a Wrap!! Move over tacos. Burritos are a very popular sandwich or wrap. If you are a fan of Mexican or Tex-Mex cuisine, you certainly have had your share of burritos. Today is your chance to enjoy even more burritos, as it is National Burrito Day.


What's in a Name? Burritos originated in Mexico, a Spanish speaking country. In Spanish, burro means "donkey", and burrito means "little donkey". So, how did this delicious wrap earn the name "burrito"? Thankfully, the ingredients of a burrito have never included little donkeys. Whew, that's a relief!


That question, of how the burrito got its name goes back to one of several Mexican stories about it's creation. According to the most popular folk legend, burritos were first made by Juan Mendez around 1910 during the Mexican Revolution. Mendez wrapped food in flour tortillas to keep it warm. He carried them on his little donkey. His customers referred to them as "donkey food". Hence, they were named "burritos. The problem with this theory, is the burritos appeared in the "Dictionary of Mexicanisms" in 1895, 15 years before the Mexican Revolution. Whatever and however they were first created, I'm sure you'll agree with me that were all so thankful for their creation.   


The first burrito recipe was just beans and rice with a sauce, wrapped in a flour tortilla. Over time, various burrito recipes called for meats, cheese, tomatoes, vegetables, sauce and spices. Burritos are a good example why you can't keep a good thing under wraps. Burritos became popular all over Mexico. By the 1920s, burritos were quickly becoming popular in the Southwestern U.S. and Texas. From there, its popularity spread across all of the U.S. and internationally, too.   

Today's Quote: "If one morning I walk on top of the water across the Potomac River, the newspaper headline that afternoon will read 'President can't swim'." - - President Lyndon B. Johnson  

History and Origin of "National Burrito Day":

Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.

This is referred to as a "National" day. This requires a presidential proclamation or an Act of Congress. We did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.

We did not rule out the possibility that this is a Mexican "National" day. We have limited ability to search Mexican sources and references.


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