The California burrito is a notoriously scrumptious and mythical burrito found strictly in hole-in-the-wall Mexican joints across southern California. Also known as the Cali Burrito, this culinary delight contains carne asada, cheese, and French fries all in a warm flour tortilla. Its origins are shrouded in mystery, much like the secrets of the ancient Mayans and Aztecs, but one thing is clear: At some point, a crazy Mexican sonofabitch/genius decided to put French fries in a Carne Asada burrito, thus changing the landscape of Mexican food in Southern California forever. Let’s just say, the world would never be the same again. The burrito’s popularity caught on as fast as a spreading herpes outbreak, and it did not take long for this item to become a staple on the menus of Mexican eateries all across SD.

 


JT AULTZ SMITHGRIND

 

 

 

 

 

 

For some curious reason, the more alcohol one drinks throughout the course of a night will intensify the flavor of a Cali burrito. For example, if I was a little tipsy then I would describe that burrito as, “pretty damn good,” but if I was blackout drunk that burrito would be, “the mother fucking bomb” or, “the greatest invention of all time.” This is just another curious facet of the Cali burrito phenomenon and its impact on our lifestyle here in San Diego. Note: Please exercise caution as excessive consumption of Cali burritos can lead to later blowouts, stomach aches and feelings of euphoria.


Many San Diego natives base their whole existence around Cali Burritos, and have been known to drive great distances for that perfect Cali. When speaking with non San-Diegans, the concept of the Cali may seem far fetched and ridiculous, but once that red salsa goes on top and the first bite is taken you have got yourself a firm believer in the magical powers of the Cali burrito. History has shown that both men and women have been known to suck dicks, beg, borrow and steal just to get their hands on a California burrito. So, if you are ever in San Diego do yourself a favor and find the cheapest, dirtiest Mexican joint you can find and order up a Cali burrito asap!

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