On the surface, the burrito is a fairly simple idea: a bunch of meat, rice, beans, and toppings rolled inside a flour tortilla for optimal chowing. But as the burrito has grown in popularity over the years—catapulting chains like Chipotle, Qdoba, and Taco Bell to fast-food stardom—the classic Mexican dish has inspired countless innovations, homages, and modifications across different countries, cultures, and cuisines. As the food world continues to diversify, there has perhaps never been a better time to be a burrito-lover in America.
Still, in 2016, the vast array of burritos available on the market can be overwhelming. If you don't know the difference between a chimichanga and a Mission burrito, or how Tex-Mex food started intermingling with Korean barbecue, you can end up feeling lost when it comes time to order. Luckily, Fairmont, a San Francisco-based hospitality company, has put together a handy guide to lead you to tortilla-wrapped paradise.
Perhaps one day we’ll finally get the burrito history month we deserve. But until that day comes, check out the infographic below to make sure you don’t embarrass yourself the next time you order lunch.