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This week’s recipe is… Breakfast Burritos!
Fun Food Facts!
BREAKFAST BURITTO HISTORY
Burritos are a traditional food in many cities in Mexico. You can find them at restaurants and at stands, or cooking vans. Usually, authentic burritos are small and thin and contain only one or two ingredients. However, this dish, similar to Italian Stuffed Shells, is the perfect canvas for a cook.
Several ingredients that are used in burritos are some form of meat or fish with rice, beans, cheese, and peppers. These aren’t even including all the other ingredients commonly used such as mole, refried beans, or flank steak which has many names such as deshebrada or aranchera (commonly known in the United States as Carne Asada).
San Francisco is the home of the Mission burrito. It originated in the Mission District Taquerias in the 1960s and 1970s. This burrito is different from other burritos because it contains many ingredients, and is usually created on a steam table assembly line. You can usually identify a Mission burrito by the aluminum foil it is wrapped in and topped with sour cream, onions, and guacamole.
The first retail burrito in San Francisco was claimed to have been offered by Febronio Ontiveros in 1961 at El Faro, also known as The Lighthouse, which is a corner grocery store on Folsom Street. These retail burritos contain many ingredients, most commonly rice, sour cream, guacamole in addition to the standard of meat beans and cheese.
What does “buritto” mean in Spanish?
Little Donkey! Burro means donkey, and “burrito” is the diminutive form of burro!
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