The Origins Of Mexico's Colossal Burro Percheron

If you're a burrito fan, you've likely tried a few of the popular variations available across North America. Many of the traditional versions originated in the Northern regions of the country and have a simple ingredient lineup of refried beans and cheese wrapped in a warm tortilla. However, the growth of Tex-Mex (and Cal-Mex) has inspired dozens of delectable variations. From tasty avocado-filled breakfast burritos to vegetarian and Asian-inspired renditions, creative burritos have long been popular across the continent.

One of the most jam-packed flavorful burritos out there is the famed Mission-style burrito, originating in none other than San Francisco's Mission District. This burrito lacks nothing, as it is filled to the brim with every Mexican condiment you can think of along with plenty of beans, rice, meat, and cheese. At nearly a foot long, many may assume that this burrito is the best out there in terms of sheer size.

However, possibly one of the biggest burritos you can get is called burro percherón, and it is likely the size of your own forearm. And, contrary to popular American stereotypes, this giant version did not originate in the States.

Gargantuan burritos are not new in the city of Hermosillo

The tasty burro percherón is both meaty and creamy, hitting the spot for any Mexican food lover. Its thin yet large tortilla is packed with chopped meat — usually carne asada — along with mozzarella cheese, diced tomatoes, and avocado pieces. Mayonnaise or crema can also sometimes make an appearance inside.

Many traditional Mexican burritos were first invented in the Northwest region of the country, and the burro percherón is no different, originating from the city of Hermosillo. While you may have thought that Mission-style burritos were the largest variety around, burro percheróns can reach 20 inches in length.

You may assume that this huge burrito was created in the modern-day, curated to be the next Instagram trend, but it turns out that many Hermosillo residents have been pressing tortillas big enough for this burrito's near-two-footer size since the 18th century.

So, the next time you get a hankering for a giant meat-packed dish, make sure to consider ordering the colossal burro percherón for dinner.