Are Burritos Supposed to Explode?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And can you call Mexican women tortas?

DEAR MEXICAN: In the past, you have defended illegal immigrants by arguing they (paraphrasing one of your previous columns) will do the jobs gabachos won't do for the same wages. I agree. I have a white-collar job, so I'm totally content to benefit from the low prices brought about by an uneducated underclass unprotected by American labor laws, content in the knowledge that no Mexican will ever take mi trabajo. But now this DREAM Act comes along, encouraging them to go to college, and my job's up for grabs, too? I already have enough competition from the Chinese and the Indians! What possible benefit could this legislation have for a guy such as me? (And you know they're just going to spend 95 percent of their time in school chanting, "Sí, se puede" anyway.)

NIGHTMARE Act Is More Like It

DEAR GABACHO: I'd rather have college kids chant, "Sí, se puede" than join a pointless fraternity/sorority or get blotto at said pointless fraternity/sorority parties. All that said, though, you don't have to worry about DREAMers taking your job—you'll continue to have your middle-class lifestyle as these DREAMers catapult over you and become your boss because they all possess the drive, ambition and talent that gabachos used to exhibit in college before it became finishing school for high schoolers. Better learn how to grovel to el jefe in English and Español, chulo!

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DEAR MEXICAN: I have noticed Mexican women will put up with being called a ruca, heina, vieja, "my old lady," even sometimes such culinary terms as "My little pupusa" or chimichanga. But when you call her a "torta," you are in one major fight. Why? What is so bad about tortas?

Don One-liners


DEAR GABACHO: You're calling her "fat." Tortas are fat Mexican sandwiches made on French rolls. Want to culinarily woo her? Go old-school and call her a "hot tamale," or go postmodern and deem her your memela—TRUST ME.

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DEAR MEXICAN: Sometimes when I'm eating a burrito, the bottom end becomes saturated with moisture, so the tortilla breaks and stuff falls out. Is this the result of a lack of burrito-eating skill, an improperly made burrito, or just the way it's supposed to be?

Chipotle Chingón


DEAR NEIGHBOR OF MEXICANS: Don't be a Mexican and accept the world the way it's supposed to be, ESPECIALLY the art of the burrito. Gabachos are so clueless they think burritos are supposed to vomit out their contents as though they are coeds in pre-narco Acapulco—¡que pendejos! A true burrito is an immaculate cylindrical god, wrapped up as tight as bacon around a hot dog, its structure so sound you can throw it through the air in a spiral, and it won't explode. This isn't even a question of size, of beans and rice erupting out of the flour tortilla because there's simply nowhere else to go: The largest burritos on Earth are those made in the Mission District in San Francisco (where Chipotle's founder found his "inspiration" for the chain's burritos), where the Mission burrito is a way of life, larger than bricks, wrapped tight in foil, and never explodes (and a shout-out to my favorite taquería—that's what burrito emporiums are called in San Francisco—in the Mission, El Castillito!). If a burrito gets so soggy at the bottom it disintegrates, then the maker either put too much salsa/guacamole/sour cream in it, or the meat's so damn greasy it's not worth eating. If your burrito disintegrates, demand a refund—or, better yet, sue the business owner for defaming the burrito's good nombre.

 
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El-vago-trago
El-vago-trago

If you don't unwrap the burrito all the way, it won't fall to pieces.  The end of the burrito is the best part due to all the good jugo that settles to the bottom.  gustavo, please don't get all chubbed out because I wrote "jugo" and "bottom".

denniscmcgrath
denniscmcgrath

Oh, god. The San Francisco burrito. El Faro. I can't stand it. I must have one NOW.

LatinoLinuxUser
LatinoLinuxUser

Big and Nightmare you guys are totally ignorant. First of the STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are mostly asian, white, indian students here in America, while latinos are make up 16% of the population but around 5% of the engineering and science workforce. So you dont have to worry, unless your in psychology or chicano/latino studies. Trust me I am the only  hispanic at our software engineer company. H1B visa workers will always be chosen over dreamers or americans cause it comes down to dollars and corporations rather exploit foreigners then hire talent from here. 

tread57
tread57

Gustavo, anyone ever point out that your bit is the same as the old Phil Hendrie Show character/immigrant booster Raj Faneen (although he hailed from the southwest of another continent)

whhackett3
whhackett3

This is why I wholly support restoring the pre-1848 borders.   Especially, if you REALLY want to see the negative impact the round eyes have had on Califas.

BiggusDikkus
BiggusDikkus

Yeah, I just love the $60,000 in parent student loans I have and the fact the Dreamers get grants. So special kids born in the Yucatan won't be saddled with debt while American kids and their parents get too. Wonder how Gus would feel if 500 million peasants came here from india/china/africa and took away the Yukatan grants. 

DikkusIkkus
DikkusIkkus

@BiggusDikkus Americans dont even appreciate the education they're getting might as well give it to those who want to be educated

BiggusDikkus
BiggusDikkus

@GustavoArellano @BiggusDikkus WOWOOWWWWOWOWOWOW!!

I am officially a Level 2 troll....Gus responded to me!!! This is better than a Dungeons and Dragons game in the middle of Comicon!!!!


mark747
mark747

@BiggusDikkus @GustavoArellan

 
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