National Burrito Day

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If you're the kind of person who wakes up and immediately starts thinking about lunch, pull up a chair, we have a day for you. Let's wrap up the mystery and binge into the mouth-watering treat: National Burrito Day! Yes, you heard it right, a whole day to celebrate, adore, and devour our favorite Mexican delicacy.

When is Burrito Day?

It's national burrito day on the 5th April.

A Glimpse Into Burrito's Delicious History

The word 'burrito' literally translates to 'little donkey' in Spanish. The origin isn't because someone thought donkeys tasted particularly good, but from the habit of Mexican mule drivers wrapping their food in flour tortillas to keep it warm during their long journeys. Convenient, delectable and transportable, these burritos didn't take much time in spreading and capturing taste buds around the world.

Heartening Emergence of National Burrito Day

Like burrito filling wrapped in a warm tortilla blanket, National Burrito Day wrapped its flavorsome fervor around the internet in recent years. Digging into our database at, we detected 13,568 mentions of the day online with a majority of those tasty mentions springing forth on April 5, 2018. That's a lot of love for tortillas!

Celebrating National Burrito Day

Our heroic burrito deserved a national day, which is annually celebrated on the first Thursday of April. As a tradition, many restaurants offer deals on their delicious burritos to celebrate. But if you ask us, the best way to celebrate is by attempting to craft your personal best burrito at home, slathering on the guacamole, and inviting your loved ones over for a burrito bonanza.

Wrapping Up

Mexico gave us the burrito, and the internet gave us National Burrito Day. When you next bite into that deliciously messy medley of ingredients, give a little nod to the mule drivers who started it all, and to the internet day that celebrates it.

History behind the term 'Burrito'


The Origin of the Term 'Burrito'

The term 'burrito' originated in Mexico in the year 1895. The word itself means 'little donkey' in Spanish, which is a reference to the shape of the rolled tortilla that resembles the ears of a donkey. It is believed that the term was first used in the state of Guanajuato, where farmers would wrap their food in tortillas for easy transportation.


Introduction of Burritos to the United States

During the 1920s, burritos began appearing in the United States, particularly in the southwestern states with large Mexican immigrant populations. However, it was primarily limited to Mexican communities and did not gain widespread popularity.


Rise of the Burrito in California

In the 1960s, the popularity of burritos surged, particularly in the state of California. This can be attributed to the growing popularity of Mexican cuisine and the influence of the Mission-style burrito, which originated in the Mission District of San Francisco. The Mission-style burrito is larger and typically includes a variety of fillings such as rice, beans, meat, cheese, and salsa.


Fast Food Chains Embrace the Burrito

During the 1970s, fast food chains like Taco Bell and Del Taco capitalized on the growing popularity of burritos. They introduced their own versions of the burrito, making it more accessible to a wider audience. The convenience and portability of the burrito made it a popular choice for on-the-go dining.


Burrito's Global Popularity

In the 2000s, burritos gained global popularity. They became a popular street food in many cities around the world and Mexican-inspired restaurants started popping up in various countries. The versatility of the burrito, with its endless possibilities for fillings and flavors, contributed to its continued popularity and adaptation in different culinary cultures.

Did you know?

Ever wondered why burritos are called 'burritos'? It's due to the comparison of the bedroll and packs that donkeys carried to the rolled tortilla filled with goodies. How cool is that?


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First identified

30th March 2015

Most mentioned on

5th April 2018

Total mentions


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