What exactly is a Mexican burrito?

Many Mexican restaurants in Las Vegas serve a burrito, but just what is it? A burrito is a dish that consists a variety of different ingredients all wrapped up in either a flour tortilla or a large corn tortilla. The typical ingredients that go into make a Mexican burrito are rice, beans, peppers, salsa and cheese. These are typical fillings that are then accompanied by a protein; usually chicken, beef and pork. All of these ingredients are put into the tortilla and wrapped up, thus allowing the burrito to be consumed with no need for any utensils. As toppings, Mexican restaurants in Las Vegas offer the customer his choice of toppings; sour cream, guacamole and hot sauce being the favorites.

The wrapper of the burrito is one of the main ingredients, it is usually a flour tortilla but in some Mexican restaurants in Las Vegas, a large corn tortilla will be substituted. There is nothing like a homemade tortilla, if you cannot do this at home you can usually find them fresh made in Mexican markets and bakeries.

Two of the staples of Mexican cooking are rice and beans. When making a burrito, the beans can be mashed, refried or whole and they are usually liberally seasoned by the cook. A basic version of a burrito is nothing more than these staples wrapped in the tortilla. Most burritos are made with protein of some sort, beef, chicken or pork is most often used. The meat is always well seasoned and most often it has been marinated before cooking so that it gives the maximum flavor. The meat that goes into a burrito can be fried, broiled, baked, roasted, grilled or boiled, once again all depending on the meat and the cook.

These ingredients form the basis of a basic burrito but for extra flavor, other ingredients are often added. The more common flavor enhancers are onions and tomatoes as well as chili peppers, perhaps jalapenos or habaneras. The addition of these peppers gives the burrito the kick that so many people enjoy. To top it all off, you can add liberal lashings of sour cream, guacamole and salsa.

A well made burrito is eaten as the main course; a Mexican burrito is a meal all in itself.

Of the many Mexican restaurants in Las Vegas, Roberto’s Taco Shop stays true to its roots; fresh, authentic and simple Mexican food sold at modest prices and portions. Click here for more details.

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