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The 10 Most Important Burritos in Burrito History 

Burritos have been on my mind as of recent, and not just because of the whole pendejada involving Chipotle putting short stories by authors on its cups and bags...none of whom are Latinos. I'm doing something with burritos that will come out...soon, and I think I'm going to have one tonight at 2 a.m. just for the hell of it.

But back to the Chipotle mess: while America loves to gorge on the cylindrical gods, they seem to not care about its past, its history, its pioneers (a topic I cover ad nauseum in my book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America). So let's rectify that, shall we? In no particular order, behold the 10 most important burritos in burrito history!

Written by Gustavo Arellano.
See Also:
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A cylindrical god
While America loves to gorge on the cylindrical gods, they seem to not care about its past, its history, its pioneers. So let's rectify that, shall we? In no particular order, behold the 10 most important burritos in burrito history!
Not the space burrito in question, but intergalactic enough
"10. The Intergalactic Breakfast Burrito:
Taco USA begins with the amazing scene of America's astronauts enjoying breakfast burritos in outer space. Astronauts have been eating Mexican food up in the heavens since the 1980s, and wha
Fergusson's recipe
9. The Earliest-Ever Burrito Mentioned in English:
Burritos are only recent immigrants to the United States. The earliest mention dates back to Erna Fergusson's 1934's Mexican Cookbook. Notice how Fergusson describes them as "little burros," a
Another random burrito
8. The Burritos that Fed Braceros:
Burritos did not start getting eaten en masse until the late 1940s and early 1950s with the advent of the bracero program, the joint U.S.-Mexico agreement in which Mexico agreed to subject its citizens to ch
Mission Inn
7. The Frozen Burritos of Riverside:
Gabachos making fortunes off burritos would become a trend, and the best non-Chipotle example is with OC resident Duane R. Roberts. In 1964, he released the first frozen burrito, eventually making millions
History-making bastards!
6. Chipotle:
As much as Chipotle is annoying me right now, I'm also not going to deny their pioneering status--they're the Rick Bayless of burritos. For it was Chipotle CEO Steve Ells getting "inspired" by San Francisco's Mission-style burrito
"Where's my burrito?! Where's my burrito?!"
5. The Burrito that Gave Homer Simpson a Scar:
Only fictional burrito allowed, because, hey: it's The Simpsons! Just further proof that it's the most-Latino show
The finest taquería in the Mission
4. The Mission Burrito: No way I'm going to let Chipotle be on this list without the tradition they ape besting it. The ovesized tortilla stuffed with most everything, prepared on a counter, and wrapped in a foil is how they've eaten burritos in S
3. The Burrito That Proved a Burrito is Not a Sandwich:
Qdoba is one of the largest Mexican food chains in the United States, earning its millions by selling burritos. It was also the subject of a lawsuit in Massachusetts after trying to open
Photo by The Mexican
"2. The Del Taco Bean-and-Cheese Burrito:
I've gone on record multiple times proclaiming my love for the Del Taco half-pound bean-and-cheese burrito that costs $1.08 with taxes, and not just because it's so delicious. Eating this burrito is co
No pictures of Jesus on a tortilla in our archives, so this
1. The Burrito That Made Jesus Appear on a Tortilla:
Everyone has heard the story about how Jesus appeared on a tortilla in a southeastern New Mexico town long ago--how Maria Rubio set up a folk shrine that attracted tens of thousands of pilgr
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A cylindrical god
While America loves to gorge on the cylindrical gods, they seem to not care about its past, its history, its pioneers. So let's rectify that, shall we? In no particular order, behold the 10 most important burritos in burrito history!
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