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National Burrito Day – 1st Thursday in April – Try These Burrito Recipes

The first Thursday in April is observed each year as National Burrito Day.  I doubt that anyone needs an excuse to try a burrito recipe, but if you do, today’s the day! 

This national day is your opportunity to sample one of America’s favorite Tex Mex meals with a choice of dozens of tasty burrito recipes.

April is a month full of national days devoted to all sorts of food. Check out the full list of April national food days here.

A hand holding a breakfast burrito with red peppers and broccoli.

Burritos are a delicious Mexican concoction that features a tortilla that is wrapped around a tasty combination of meat, cheese, tomatoes, rice, vegetables, beans and sauce. 

The meat is normally shredded but I’ve also made burritos with ground meat as well as chunks of meat.

The combination is popular at fast food restaurants.  For another fast food day, check out McDonald’s day on April 15.

Beef, chicken,  and pork are commonly used to make burritos, but the sky is the limit with protein choices, or go for a meatless version and highlight the beans instead.  

For another Mexican inspired national day, be sure to check out this post on National Chili Day – The last Thursday in February.Dozens of Tex Mex Burritos recipes text overlay above the photo of a burrito bowl next to blue patterned napkins.

I love to use cumin and chili powder as spices to give my burritos a smokey and spicy flavor.  All sorts of beans can be used from black beans to refried beans.

Fun facts about burritos

This tasty national day is full of the influence from our Mexican neighbors. Here are some facts about burritos that you may not know.A burrito with its contents overflowing on a cutting board next to ingredients in bowls with a text overlay that says "fun facts about burritos for National Burrito Day - 1st Thursday in April".

  • Did you know there is a Dictionary of Mexicanisms? The word “burrito” first appeared in it in 1895!
  • The traditional food of the City of Juarez in Northern Mexico is the burrito.
  • Burrito means “little donkey” in Spanish.
  • Chimichangas are burritos that have been deep fried for a crispy taste and texture.
  • Compared to the USA creations, burritos made in Mexico are normally thin and made with just one or two ingredients!
  • One of the first burritos was made in the USA in 1930 at the El Cholo Spanish Café in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Many restaurants offer free burritos on National Burrito Day. Be sure to check to see if your local Tex Mex spot does.
  • The Oxford Dictionary introduced the word burrito in 1958.

Celebrate Burrito Day by heading to your favorite Mexican restaurant, having a party or cooking up one of your favorite burrito recipes. And be sure to tag your social posts with the hashtag #NationalBurritoDay to spread the word. 

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Best burrito recipes to celebrate National Burrito Day

If you ask around your office for the best recipe for burritos, I guarantee you that you will get dozens of opinions. Should burritos have rice or does rice make them bland?

Is it even worth calling it a burrito when it is vegetarian or vegan?  Should the beef be shredded or ground?  No matter the question, the opinions will abound. 30 Burrito Recipes text overlay in a collage of four different images, a breakfast burrito, sushi burrito, tacos, and a burrito bowl.

But really, when you think about what a burrito is, there should be no real argument. Burritos are basically your favorite food choices wrapped in a blanket of carbs.

That being the case, there is no perfect burrito. They are infinitely able to be customized to your personal tastes. 

No matter what goes into them, I think we can all agree that they taste great! I’ve put together a collection of burrito recipes from some of my blogger friends.  You’ll be sure to find your favorite among them!

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Breakfast burrito recipes

Burritos are not just a lunch and dinner time option. There are lots of ways that you can incorporate breakfast food into them to make them a great grab and go breakfast idea.Four different breakfast burritos, one on a plate, one being hand held, and two on cutting boards.

Try these tater tot and bacon breakfast burritos that use just a few awesome ingredients to get your weekend off on the right foot.  

These freezer vegetable breakfast burritos are so convenient for busy mornings! Reheat them in your microwave for a very quick  and filling breakfast! 

Wake up to the amazing flavor of these delicious and easy to make spicy egg and potato breakfast burritos!

You can make these freezable low carb breakfast burritos in just minutes. They make a delicious low carb breakfast on the go

All your breakfast favorites are wrapped up into this breakfast burrito collard wrap, that uses collard greens in place of a tortilla for extra vitamins and minerals!

Burrito recipes with beans

Beans have traditionally been used in making burritos. From black beans, through to re-fried beans, white beans, navy beans and garbanzo beans, these recipes have the beans as the star of the burritos.

The photos of three bean burritos recipes side by side.

These bean burritos with vegetables use both kidney beans and pinto beans with robust spices for a great Mexican flavor.

Looking for a protein packed bean burrito? Try this sweet potato black bean burrito recipe. It is full of sweet potatoes, black beans, cheese and rice. 

It’s copy cat Taco Time with these crisp bean burritos that are ready in just 30 minutes

These slow cooker black bean burritos are easy to make and have a spicy taste with lots of texture.

Refried beans are combined with pumpkin or sweet potato puree and taco seasoning for a healthier spin on a classic bean burrito in these easy bean burritos with veggies

Beef burrito recipes

Most of the Tex-Mex restaurants feature burritos with beef.  Whether it is ground beef, shredded beef (my favorite) or chunks of tender beef, nothing adds a robust flavor to a burrito like a big ole helping of beef.Beef burritos recipes text between a mojado burrito image and the image of a steak burrito in foil.

Try this one-skillet beef burrito dinner that is ready in 30-minutes, and combines all your favorite Mexican flavors!

This instant pot beef burritos recipe is filled with beef, rice, onions, tomatoes, beans, corn and cheese.  They are simple, FAST,  packed with flavor!

Wet burritos are all the rage lately. These smothered wet beef burritos are topped with a red sauce and cheese and filled with all your favorite tastes.

Packed full of delicious beef, rice, black beans, pico de gallo and Cheese, this braised beef nacho burritos recipe will have you skipping take out and making your own!

Got 15 minutes? Make these beef, beans and corn burritos.  Dinner will be ready in a flash!

Chicken burrito recipes

Don’t want the heavy taste of a beef burrito? Try subbing out the meat with chicken instead.  The flavor it great, but you’ll save on calories and fat, as well.Three images of different chicken burrito recipes, side by side horizontally.

This baked chipotle chicken burritos recipe is so smoky and bursting with flavor. The burritos are easy to assemble ahead of time and taste just like at your favorite Mexican restaurant offering!

Who doesn’t love orange chicken burritos? Sneak in some veggies, and add a tortilla and you will soon have an easy to make and delicious family favorite.

These chicken and black bean burritos are stuffed with chicken and oozing with cheese and beans for a tasty Tex Mex experience.

With a name like roasted chicken southwestern baked burritos, you know you are in for a spicy treat!

The perfect easy meal for a Cinco De Mayo party or Mexican Fiesta are these chicken con queso burritos. Why wait? They are good anytime of year!

Burrito bowl recipes

A recent craze is using the flavor of burritos by skipping the carbs by leaving out the tortillas. These breakfast bowls are healthier but still have the same amazing burrito taste that we all know and love.A collage of three different burrito breakfast bowl recipes, one in meal prep containers, one in a white bowl, and one in a clear bowl.

These chicken burrito bowls are a fresh, inexpensive, and healthy dish with an easy meal prep. Ready in under an hour, and both Paleo and Whole30 approved!

Try these instant pot beef and brown rice burrito bowls for the perfect way to stay on track with your healthy eating resolution while still satisfying that burrito craving!

Make some veggie burrito bowls with Sweet Potato Noodles for a healthy vegan, and gluten-free meal. Add your favorite toppings to make them your own!

These Chipotle-inspired, meatless burrito bowls are the perfect healthy Mexican dinner or lunch. You can make them ahead of time and they are fast and fresh, and gluten free.

Try these lean turkey black bean quinoa chipotle burrito bowls. They are just the ticket for a loaded Fresh-Mex bowl that is high in protein and lean on fat,

Healthy burrito recipes

If you are following a special diet, such as Whole30, Paleo or Vegan, this does not mean that you have to forget about eating burritos. There are lots of ways to make your favorite Mexican meal fit into your diet plan.

The text "healthy burrito recipes" above a burrito bowl with black beans, quinoa, avocado, and peppers.
These quinoa burrito bowls are easy to make and delicious to eat. Cilantro lime quinoa, seasoned black beans, cherry tomato pico de gallo, and diced avocado come together in a tasty Tex-Mex meal that’s vegan, and gluten-free.

Leftover quinoa, black beans, yellow potatoes, bell peppers, onion, and tomato sauce make up these copycat Amy’s vegetarian burritos that are ready in just minutes.

Every bite of these Greek vegan burritos will bring you amazing memories pf a traditional Greek meal, even through this is a meatless version. 

These savory and sweet vegan black bean burritos are loaded with black beans, fried plantains, guacamole, and rice. Even though this is an easy weeknight meal, it feels more like an indulgence.

If you are looking for an unusual burrito recipe, try these fully loaded vegan sushi burritos. They are stuffed with air fryer tofu, mango, avocado, and even more!

One of my favorite things about a burrito is that no forks are needed.  Being dignified isn’t the first thing on my mind when there is a delicious cheese filled beef burrito just waiting for me to take a taste!

Burrito seasoning recipe

One of the beauties of burritos is that they are super easy to make.  Just heat up some wraps, add a few cooked veggies and some protein and a healthy dose of Mexican spice and you are good to go.
A veggie based burrito cut in half on a square white plate.

I have a taco flavored spice blend recipe that is perfect to use when you are making burritos. I keep a jar of it all the time. See this taco seasoning recipe here.

What is your favorite burrito combination?  Please share in the comments below!

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