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El Compadre Mexican Restaurant - Origin of the Burrito

Updated: Jan 11, 2021

Here’s a riddle for you: what do a donkey and a burrito have in common? Well, everything, because burrito translates to ‘little donkey.’ And no, it has nothing to do with donkey meat, so settle down.



Burrito is Spanish, and one of the most accepted stories of the word’s origin is that a man who hailed from Chihuahua in Mexico sold food carted by a burro (a small donkey). The man was called Juan Mendez, and because he wrapped what he sold in flour tortillas (thin, Mexican bread), it made his food convenient to hold and eat, particularly during the Mexican revolution. This, in turn, made his food more popular than what his competitors sold.


Other theories have popped up attempting to explain the burrito’s origin, some claiming a rolled tortilla can be likened to a donkey’s ears or perhaps the rolled packs that donkeys carry.


Take all these stories with a grain of salt because we can’t affirm or deny their veracity, but regardless of how you look at it, we have donkeys to thank for the origin of the word burrito!



· It seems like it came from Mexico; how did it get to the United States?

One would think the burrito was initially an American dish, for how engrained it now is in American culture and diets, but it isn’t. The dish was introduced to the country in the 1900s, and the first recorded reference to the food was a café in Los Angeles called El Cholo Spanish Café.


Granted, we’re sure that’s not the first time the dish was made because it’s likely many eateries across the United States had already been serving it. Nonetheless, California is still known for its excellent burritos, and so is Castle Rock thanks to El Compadre Mexican Restaurant!



· Burrito here, burrito there, burrito everywhere!

There’s little wonder why so many places and cultures have embraced burritos. You’ll now see different variations of it in Korean, Chinese, and Thai dishes.


The super burrito at the El Compadre Mexican Restaurant is filled with rice, cheese, chicken, or beef, garnished with fresh lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and guacamole.


Castle Rock locals love all the dishes on the El Compadre Mexican Restaurant’s menu. From the super nachos to the quesadilla and the bean and cheese burrito, there’s always something for everyone...and now you can have there food delivered!


Simply click here, and place your order. It’s that quick and simple!


We deliver to everyone in the 98611, 98649, 98593, 98645, 98626 zip codes.







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