Taco or Burrito?

 

Bajadock:  This topic arose while guests visited from Colorado in February.  My version was that the taco was simply an open face sandwich.  A burrito was engulfed entirely by the tortilla.  Not much difference.  Here is an evaluation beyond my simple, gringo taco feast acumen:

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Burrito

User Rating (97):

  • 3.67/5

Burrito

Taco

User Rating (111):

  • 3.53/5

Taco

Wrapper Flour or Corn tortilla Flour or Corn tortilla
Origin Twentieth century, Mexico Much older, Mexico
Garnishing No specific garnishing Salsa, sour cream sauce, onions, cilantro
Purpose Full meal Light snack
Main ingredients Tortillas, refried beans or meat. Cheese is often added, especially in the U.S. Tortillas, meat, vegetables, cheese.
Size Large Small
Style Mexican food Mexican food
Filling type Meat, beans, veggies, rice, etc Only single variety of meat
Filling quantity Double Single

Contents: Burrito vs Taco

A taco

A taco

The nomenclatures too are pretty intriguing. The word “burrito” literally means “little donkey” which in turn comes from the word “burro” meaning “donkey”. The dish probably got its name because a finished wrapped up burrito remotely resembles a donkey’s ear or the bedrolls that they carried. In comparison to the burrito, the taco has a far more reasonable name to it. The word “taco” means “light snack” which quite explains it. Because of their vaguely similar appearance and structure, the taco and the burrito are often confused with each other. However, there are distinctive differences between the two. Some of them are listed below:

A burrito

A burrito

Origin

The taco is a more of a traditional and ethnic snack whereas the Burrito is a twentieth century innovation.

Differences in Size

Essentially, the burrito is never considered to be a light snack. The size of the burrito is much larger than that of a taco. Whereas the former is eaten more as a whole meal, the latter is simply a snack and you need to consume several of them to substitute for full meal. Hence, there is a distinct difference in the size.

Ingredients and Recipe

The basic constitution of both the taco and the burrito is roughly the same. They are both made up of fillings wrapped up in tortillas. However there are distinct differences in both these constitutive parts:

  • The wrap: A taco is smaller and trimmer in size, and will have a soft corn tortilla for the wrap. The burrito on the other hand is much thicker and larger; therefore a corn tortilla will not serve the purpose. Corn tortillas are soft and tender and are liable to crack due to chunky double fillings. Thick flour made tortillas are used for burrito wraps instead. They are also often flavoured, like tomato, spinach etc. The tortillas in a burrito are often so large that they almost substitute for a plate.
  • The Filling: The filling of both the taco and the burrito are essentially different. Firstly the quantity of stuff that is wrapped differs. The taco is essentially a single filling item making it a truly light snack to munch on. The Burrito is a whole meal supplement and provides huge double fillings massy enough to completely fill up the large wheat tortilla. The ingredients of the filling are also essentially different. The taco generally has some kind of a meat filling, wrapped up in a warm corn tortilla. There could be pulled pork, or chicken or anything else, but it’s essentially only one kind of meat. The burrito on the other hand offers a healthy mix; there can be rice, beans, meat, vegetables, cheese, all wrapped up in a huge flour tortilla.
  • The Garnishing: The taco is often garnished with onions, cilantro, salsa, sour cream and other sauces. The burrito has no such apparent garnishing.

Though, both the taco and the burrito are similar in the way they are assembled (fillings wrapped in tortillas), the differences are too many for any confusion to arise. You can never mistake one for the other.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Aaron Reich
    Posted March 5, 2015 at 07:47 | Permalink | Reply

    Ok – so now lets talk about the top 3 places for Tacos AND the top 3 for burritos in ENS 🙂

    • bajadock
      Posted March 5, 2015 at 08:21 | Permalink | Reply

      I can’t think of anywhere to get a burrito in Ensenada. Tacos rule. Anyone?

  2. Posted March 5, 2015 at 08:37 | Permalink | Reply

    in Chile, a taco is a traffic jam!

    • bajadock
      Posted March 5, 2015 at 13:34 | Permalink | Reply

      No me gustan estos tacos de carros, gracias.

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