Are Burritos Mexican? The Truth About Mexican Burritos

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Todos Santos, Mexico

If you had asked me a few weeks ago I would have laughed. Somehow our warped perception of what Mexican food is means people don’t understand the difference between tex mex and Mexican.


For clarification chimichangas aren’t Mexican but tacky tex mex.


But on the bus to Todos Santos a vendor climbed on selling tortas (delicious sandwiches on a toasted bun) and burritos?? Mexican burritos??

This was not a tourist bus so I knew something was up, did Mexicans finally cave to crappy tex-mex?

Turns out there are burritos on the West Coast but far from what you see above, there’s no rice or veggies just some meat, onion and poblano pepper wrapped up for a quick meat snack.

But it’s still delicious.


 Disclaimer: I just trashed tex mex but secretly I enjoy it.


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  1. Well, as you know I live in Colorado, and there are lots of “genuine” Mexicans here. And I’m just a few hours away from New Mexico. The “Mexican” food available in NM is dramatically different than Texas, CO, or even the Cancun area. The absolutely best “mexican” food I’ve ever eaten was in a hole-in-the-wall place in Las Vegas, NM. And the best Spanish food I have eaten was in Santa Fe.

    None of which diminishes the convenience of a burrito!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      So tell me then, did you think burritos were Mexican?

  2. Thank you for sharing that with the world. I know so many people believe the Mexicans invented the burrito and well sadly we didn’t. My mom never cooked it at them at home until we were way older when Tex-Mex really hit the scene in Texas. As for chimi-changas I know they are horrible, but they are delicious…lol, don’t hate on them. It’s funny though how many things have been created in the US and many think are Mexican.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I think I need to look into the burritos I saw in Baja, maybe they are a newer invention.

  3. Burritos aren’t Mexican?! We’re from California.. they had us fooled. I do enjoy a chimi-changa now and then though.. lol

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      And nachos of course.

  4. Yes, people tell me all the time that burritos are not mexican. Now I can tell them they are wrong. 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      You get the last laugh!

  5. Stephanie - The Travel Chica says:

    You should be ashamed for drinking Corona. Dos Equis is the real beer of Mexico!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Well my favourite is Modelo – although that photo is from London.

  6. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures says:

    I’m not even joking I’m eating a burrito right now haha!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      They are pretty tasty.

  7. Jonathan Look, Jr. says:

    Burritos all over the place here in Chiapas. Whatever you call them, done right, it is the perfect food.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Were they small with just meat in them like they are in Baja?

  8. I don’t care where they’re from, I just care that burritos are delicious 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Indeed they are.

  9. Well, I’ve always been under the impression that burritos are from northern Mexico. Just like I understand that flour tortillas are more commonly eaten up north, but if you don’t give a Yucateco his corn tortilla, he is NOT HAPPY.
    And since Mexican food is so varied by region, just because one person’s mamita never cooked it at home, doesn’t mean that it’s not Mexican. 😉

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      That is what I am starting to hear as well. But I think even in the North they are very different than what we would see in the US and Canada.

  10. Elle of Solo Female Nomad says:

    Living on the Mexican/Californian border I got quite used to eating Mexican food, and loved it However, I was also fooled on the burritos! Now someone is going to tell me that Taco Bell isn’t authentic Mexican food 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Oh I won’t burst that bubble.

  11. Mark Wiens says:

    Haha, Tex-Mex can be good sometimes too, but nothing compares to the real thing. I used to go with my Mexican friends to very northern Mexico where burritos were very common, but like you said, they were basically larger tacos but wrapped. Just meat, onions, and salsa.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Agreed if you look at my disclaimer you’ll see I secretly love it. Well maybe not love, but I do enjoy nachos…

  12. Why is Tex-Mex “crappy” and doesn’t even deserve to get capitalized by you?

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      It’s just inferior to the real deal, although check out my disclosure, you will find I’m a closey tex mex (sorry Tex Mex) lover.

  13. Lauren, Ephemerratic says:

    I’ve heard it told that burritos are a Mexican invention — just an immigrant one. Something to do with needing to bring a large meal out to the fields to keep one full for a long day of hard labor. As a 12+ year San Francisco Mission District resident, I know “California burritos” as well as anyone I like to think. They’ve become so popular that, like how sweet and sour chicken has filtered from the U.S. to China, I wouldn’t be surprised to see California burritos head south of the border!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Interesting. The ones I saw in Baja were smaller, like an unfried flauta. I prefer the texmex kind anyway.

  14. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family says:

    What!?! Burritos aren’t Mexican!?!?

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Well in the end I guess they are, just not the way you think they are.

  15. Wow, who knew? And I’ve been preaching to the people back home that burritos are definitely *not* Mexican.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I’m surprised you haven’t seen them. I heard they were more common in the North.

  16. Chompchomp says:

    We really have a long way to come over here in Perth…..Im pretty sure most of our Mexican restaurants dont know the difference between real Mexican food and tex mex. I did find one locally to us called “that little mexican place”….Im thinking this was a bit more genuine?

  17. Tacos y Garnachas says:

    Hey Anyelina, we love this post. We just recommended your blog on our Facebook page. Felicidades.

  18. estas loca. i’m a texicana (mexican who grew up in texas). my parents are from san luis potosi. no, burritos aren’t mexican food, its a white folks thing. and tex mex is badass, not tacky or crappy, but yes it’s different than authentic mexican food. i’m living in san diego now and the “mexican” food is gross but people get real defensive here when you say that bc we’re so close to the border. authentic mexican food is very fresh, not super greasy and buried in cheese like in a lot of the border towns in multiple states. def questioning ur credibility as a food critic.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Before I saw them for myself I would have agreed with you. Burritos in Mexico aren’t the same as what you see in Canada or the US but indeed there are burritos in Mexico.

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