The world has many exceptional, fantastic, and delicious types of food. Few are as perfect and versatile as American-style burritos.
At a glance, a burrito isn’t much more than a mishmash of regional ingredients stuffed inside a tortilla. Yet, like any good food, variety is what make a burrito exceptional. The burrito can be anything you want it to be.
You have the traditional burrito, with is small and thin. It contains just a couple of ingredients, usually a protein, with rice or beans. From there, you may add in some peppers, but it’s generally best kept simple.
Alternately, you can go for the “San Francisco” style, which is a much larger burrito stuffed to the brim with various fillings including meat, rice, beans, sour cream, cheese and more, then wrapped in aluminium foil. This is is certainly the most marketable approach, as we’ve seen this style explode into the fast casual scene with the likes of Mad Mex and Guzman Y Gomez.
Then there’s the “California” burrito which typically comes with carne asada, french fries, cheese, sour cream and guacamole. The sushi burrito features sushi classics like tuna and cucumber wrapped inside a tortilla. The classic bean-and-cheese burrito is a favourite among fast-food chains. You can order a burrito enchilada-style so its covered in enchilada sauce. Even better, you can order your burrito “wet” so its covered in red or green sauce.
Finally, we have the breakfast burrito, which is simultaneously a perfect hangover remedy and an excellent pre-workout meal. You can stuff it with eggs, tofu, bacon, sausage, or potatoes, and while on one hand you’ve hit your daily calorie limit in the first meal of the day, you’re also ready to conquer the world.
It is acceptable to eat a burrito for all three meals of the day. It is easy to make at home, yet also cheap at restaurants and food stands. It can be as healthy or as unhealthy as you want it to be. A burrito is perfect before or after exercise. It is great before or after a night of too much drinking.
Frozen burritos are cheap, but they’re even cheaper if you make them yourself. A burrito is good on dates or to eat solo. You can eat it standing up or sitting down. A “make your own burrito” station at a company pot luck is infinitely better than Sue-from-accounting’s weird meatball plate. Burritos are perfect for camping, road trips and hikes.
Even the fundamental design of a burrito, a cylinder shape enclosing various fillings, is exceptional for its versatility. From start to finish, the design of a burrito is perfect for experimentation and iteration, only asking you roll-and-fold, yet allowing for countless iterations in the ingredient listing. There are no limits here.
If you haven’t had a burrito recently, go ahead and treat yourself. Find a good one nearby, make one yourself, or just grab any random burrito from the frozen food section at your grocery store. Even the worst burritos outshine most other options.