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What exactly is a burrito?
Don't panic: there is no strict science to the art of the burrito! However, a few basic rules will help you to find super tasty and authentic burritos to prepare.
A burrito is delicious Mexican staple food with humble beginnings and has spread from its likely origins in Mexico to all parts of the world. There are no limits to the burrito filling: whether it's chicken, pulled pork or beef - whatever tastes good is allowed. But in essence, the burrito remains true to its beginnings.
Who invented the burrito anyway?
The word Burrito comes from Spanish and literally means little donkey!
Legend has it that Juan Mendez, a street vendor from Mexico, used a donkey to carry his supplies. To keep the food warm, he wrapped it in a large wheat tortilla. So the burritos we know today found their origin on the back of Juan's beloved donkey, which helped him deliver them. Back then, these “packages” were small and light, filled with meat and other ingredients.
What can you fill your burritos with?
Traditionally, the ingredients for a burrito consist of wheat-based tortillas, a meat filling, (fried) beans and a salsa or hot sauce. So much for the traditional recipe. But there isn't a strict list of ingredients that must be included in a burrito. You can let off steam! Bring in some non-traditional elements. Some common ones are cheese, sour cream, guacamole, rice, chili peppers, and other vegetables. The 7SPICES version contains, for example, guacamole, red onions, spaetzle cheese, feta, jalapeños and fresh coriander.
Now what's the difference between a burrito and a taco?
There isn't much of a difference in terms of the filling. The main difference between a taco and a burrito is size - and therefore the amount we can eat of it.
Tacos are usually small, so you can make several to fill you up. Traditional tacos are made from corn flour. A burrito wrap, on the other hand, is made from a large wheat tortilla.
There are other varieties of burritos and tacos too: fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas, and tostadas - all different ways to serve and enjoy similar Mexican fillings.
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The most important thing in making burritos is using the right amount of filling. You'll need to wrap it tightly to hold the filling inside without tearing the wrap. And don't be embarrassed: blobs and drips are part of eating a burrito!
While wrapping a burrito can be pretty tricky at first, it is well worth practicing. Plus, it's a fun and tasty activity to involve the kids in.
That's how it works:
- Heat the wraps in a pan or microwave for a few seconds per side.
- Place the warm tortilla on a cutting board and add a spoon of your main filling - it can be pulled pork, chicken, rice, or beans.
- Now add all of your ingredients: guacamole, grated cheese, red onions, coriander, jalapeños, etc. But be careful: Not too much, otherwise the wraps would tear when rolling.
- Fold the edges on each side, just enough so that the filling doesn't come out between the edges.
- Then start rolling up the burrito tightly from bottom to top, making sure to keep the edges folded.
- Cut the wrap in half.
- Now there is only one thing left - namely enjoy!
If you're a real pro, you can sauté the edges of the burrito to seal it. This is ideal if you want to prepare it now and enjoy it later.
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