Here at Casa Sol y Mar—your one-stop destination for great catering and Mexican food in San Diego—we specialize in a vast array of delicious Mexican cuisine, from fish tacos to enchiladas.
Among our delectable offerings are a whole slew of burritos, those tortilla-wrapped treasures packed with seasoned meat, beans, cheese, salsa, and other ingredients, depending on the style.
The history of the burrito (Spanish for “little donkey”) is a fascinating one, although much of it is obscured in myth and legend. The geography and timeline of its origin are not entirely clear. One widespread theory suggests the earliest burritos were the invention of vaqueros in northern Mexico, who packed shredded beef into flour tortillas for easier transport on horseback. (Flour tortillas, popular in the U.S. Southwest-Mexico borderlands, are less perishable than the indigenous corn tortillas so associated with tacos.) As Eric César Morales and Julián Antonio Carrillo note in their burrito entry in Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions, this cowboy backstory suggests the “little donkey” moniker stemmed from the burrito’s “sidekick” status to the vaqueros’ mounts.
That creation story isn’t the only one, certainly; others credit various street vendors in Ciudad Juárez with the invention of the burrito at different periods in the early 20th century. The exact details of the burrito’s emergence, however, don’t really matter all that much, especially given this is a food that has adapted itself to many different regions and many different cultural stylings.
California is as integral to the burrito’s development, for example, as Mexico. Some of the most well-known styles of the “little donkey” emerged here in a fusion of American and Mexican influences.
Our home base of San Diegohas made its own indelible stamp on the burrito tradition. The city is particularly associated with Carne Asada Burritos and the 1980s invention known as California Burritos, which add French fries to the usual mix of meat, cheese, sour cream, guacamole and other condiments. Casa Sol y Mar is now serving this fan-favorite at our restaurant!
There’s no better place for a Mexican dinner or catering in San Diego than Casa Sol y Mar, and we invite you to celebrate all the historical and culturaldimensions of the burrito with our kitchen’s unbeatable variety. Among them you’ll find the Burrito Carne Asada, Burrito Pescado, Burrito de la Casa, Grilled Carnitas Burrito, Achiote Vegetable Burrito, Grilled Chicken Ensalada and Avocado Burrito Wrap, and the Grilled Chicken Mango and Avocado Burrito.
Do we have your mouth watering yet? Stop by Casa Sol y Mar for a taste!