December 19 is Burrito Day in Los Angeles. Officially. It all began in 1983 when Brother Matt, a DJ on Loyola Marymount’s college station, KXLU created a holiday to celebrating the meal you can put in your pocket and announced it on the air. December 19 became a search for the best burrito in Los Angeles for KXLU listeners. Two years later then-mayor Tom Bradley declared December 19 officially Burrito Day. Burrito Day got more notice when, in 1987 an ex-KXLU staffer ended up working for Voice of America and got word to President Reagan about the holiday. Reagan had burritos flown into the White House to celebrate. Hail Eris, fnord! Seriously.

Burritos have evolved into “wraps” often involving weirdly colored flat breads flavored with basil, sun dried tomatoes and other no-longer exotic flavors. They are stuffed now with any number of multicultural ingredients (duck, creme fraiche, and white beans, with mango salsa!) and can be found in fast food joints and in upscale casual dining establishments. The burrito is ubiquitous. Thank you Bro Matt!

Basic burrito:

Flour tortilla

Beans (black, refried, pinto or whatever)


Salsa and/or picante sauce





Avocado or guacamole


Sour cream

Warm tortilla. Spoon contents on the center in a line, leaving at least an inch at the ends of the line. Fold those inches over the contents. Fold the closer side over the filling, the fold the far end towards you.

Me, I am going to head out to one of my local burrito stands and snag on fine example of regional cuisine.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.