Authentic mexican tacos are only served with soft tortillas (flour or corn). The only variation using fried crispy tortillas are called “Tacos Dorados” (glistening tacos). If you are thinking hard shell tacos, that only exists in the US mainly introduced by Tex-Mex cuisine (Taco Bell). So if you talk to people in Mexico about tacos they will automatically think of normal tortillas. period.
Born in Northern Mexico, this dish became widely popular in the US. In Mexico, burritos are not a national dish they are more like regional; cities like Sonora, Cuidad Juárez & Chihuahua are known for selling burritos, however, Mexican burritos are often filled with one or two filling. Here in the US, burritos are way larger and have many fillings, but generally they will include rice, beans, lettuce, sour cream and the meat of choice. Again, not all burritos in the USA are created equal, they vary by region there are the Southern California Burritos and the more recognized San Francisco style burrito.
These are not tacos. “Fajitas” is just the name for the cut of the meat (stripes of meat) so you can have chicken, pork, beef fajitas. Fajitas in spanish means girdle or belt (now you can make the correlation between the name and the long stripes of meat)
The cuts of meat are often served with grilled onions and bell peppers, with sides of rice, beans and warm tortillas so you can make your own tacos.
From US origin, non existent in Mexico and I believe not part of Mexican cuisine.
Similarities and Differences
- Uses crispy fried tortillas, although there are soft-shelled variants
- Filled with meat, cheese and various vegetables
- Uses soft tortillas wrapped around the filling
- Filled with meat, lettuce and tomatoes
- Often filled with re-fried beans
- Similar to a burrito, although the tortilla is generally wrapped loosely around the filling
- Traditionally made with cheaper cuts of meat