Two burritos on a plate, one topped with with grated cheese, 1998. (Photo by Tom Kelley/Getty Images)
Here's What Makes 'Wet Burritos' Unique
By Lauren Wood
Tex-Mex has become one of the largest food categories in America, with restaurants like Taco Bell, Del Taco, and Chipotle at the forefront of the scene. If you’re a fan of Tex-Mex, you’ve likely gorged on crunchy tacos, burrito bowls, and quesadillas, but if you haven’t tried the wet burrito, you’re missing out.
According to ABC 13, this burrito was first created in 1966 at the Beltline Bar in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when the Tex-Mex restaurant mistakenly received an order of too-large tortillas. With the owner out of town, the manager decided to run a special that featured an unordinary burrito.
The burrito was essentially flipped inside out, with seasoned ground beef, refried beans, and vegetables wrapped inside a flour tortilla, slathered in a bed of melted cheese and enchilada sauce. It also required a fork and knife rather than two hands, and by the time the owner returned, the Tex-Mex industry had changed, all thanks to the wet burrito.