How to Draw a Burrito

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Do you like to eat burritos? Many people across North America enjoy burritos. For centuries, people across South and Central America have wrapped various foods in corn or flour tortillas, or similar breadings - they call these dishes tacos, quesadillas, pupusas, tamales, tostadas and empanadas. The burrito, though, has a relatively modern history.

One story suggests how the burrito gots its name. In the early 1900s, it is said that a taco vendor began wrapping his food in large tortillas to keep it warm as he carried it from his home. Since he traveled on a small donkey, or burro, the food he sold came to be called burritos, or "little donkeys."

Another story holds that burritos originated with cowboys called vaqueros. It might have been called a burrito because it could carry many toppings or fillings, just as a donkey can carry many things. Either way, by 1923 the burrito appeared on the menu of restaurants in America, and it has been a favorite "Tex-Mex" food ever since.

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Beans, rice, and seasoned meets are common fillings for burritos. Similar foods are enjoyed throughout the Americas. In some regions, burrito like dishes are called flautas, meaning "flutes," due to their shape. In other places, burritos are referred to as burro percheron, burritas, chivichanga, or chimichangas. In the United States, "breakfast burritos" often contain eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and cheese.

Would you like to draw a delicious burrito? Now you can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use colored pencils, crayons, paints, or markers to shade your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Burrito

How to Draw Burrito: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a long, curved line that doubles back upon itself. Notice that the curves of the line form rounded "corners" as if you are drawing an irregular rectangle. Leave the shape open at the end. It should resemble an upturned cup, as if pouring something out.

How to Draw Burrito: Step 2

2. Draw a long, "C" shaped line crossing into the shape and back out again. This forms the folded edge of the tortilla.

How to Draw Burrito: Step 3

3. Draw a long, nearly straight line connecting the two ends of the "C" shaped line just drawn. Extend the line just beyond the edge of the "C."

How to Draw Burrito: Step 4

4. Erase the guide lines from the burrito, leaving a clean outline.

How to Draw Burrito: Step 5

5. Enclose the end of the burrito, outlining the lettuce and other fillings at the same time. Use a long, curved line, zigzagging back and forth in an irregular pattern.

How to Draw Burrito: Step 6

6. Continue with the wavy, zigzag line. Form a circular shape, enclosing the end of the burrito.

How to Draw Burrito: Step 7

7. Detail the burrito's fillings. Enclose rounded shapes, and draw swirls within them. Draw irregular shapes of various sizes.

How to Draw Burrito: Step 8

8. Continue to detail the fillings with wavy lines, short lines, and ovals.

How to Draw Burrito: Step 9

9. Detail the tortilla. Enclose circles, ovals, and irregular rounded shapes on its surface. What kind of burritos do you like to eat?

How to Draw Burrito: Step 10

10. Color the tortilla and burrito filling to match your favorite meal.

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