Taco USA author Gustavo Arellano shocked his readers recently with a defense of Tex-Mex in which he wrote: "I am Tex-Mex's most arduous non-Texan defender." One of his "15 Signs You Grew Up Eating Tex-Mex Food" involved the differences between Texas breakfast tacos and California breakfast burritos:
A story that I tell whenever I lecture on Taco USA is the comedy of errors that happened when my hungover friends in San Antonio tried to take my hungover ass to a Tex-Mex breakfast. They had to explain to me what breakfast tacos were; I had to explain to them what breakfast burritos are. A verbal fight ensued.
The incident happened about five years ago; since then, breakfast tacos have trickled into Southern California, and breakfast burritos are slowly getting into Texas. But this might be the biggest rivalry between our two states outside of our highway system. Californians; breakfast tacos are delicious. Texans; breakfast burritos are delicious. To paraphrase Crosby, Stills and Nash: Everyone's right if nobody's wrong.
Accepting Gustavo's challenge, I sampled a breakfast burrito this morning from the Breakfast Burrito Anonymous Truck that was parked outside of Inversion Coffee House. (So civilized to drink a quality cortado with your breakfast.)
From the laundry list of ingredients, I chose scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon mix, Cheddar and jack mix, black beans, green chiles, and "Volcano" jalapeño salsa. The result, wrapped in an oversize flour tortillas, was quite tasty—and thanks to the green chile and salsa combo, muy picante. The truck also sells breakfast tacos for those who still regard burritos with suspicion.
Owner and head chef Jimmy Ruckman is a Houstonian who says he worked at Mission Burritos after graduating from culinary school and decided he could build his own burrito empire.
He seems to be off to a good start.