Key Differences Between Burritos, Tacos, and Fajitas

Do you have trouble deciphering the menu when you’re dining at a Mexican restaurant? You’re not alone. Plenty of people aren’t sure about the differences between popular dishes such as burritos, tacos, and fajitas. Here’s a quick primer that can help you order off the menu with confidence.


Tacos are one of the most popular Mexican dishes and there are many variations to choose from. Tacos are traditionally made with a small corn tortilla, although sometimes flour tortillas are used. The tortilla may be soft or a hard shell. The filling is placed in the middle, and if a soft tortilla is used, it’s folded over the filling. Tacos typically contain a meat, such as beef, chicken, or seafood, along with vegetables, cheese, and seasonings. Cilantro or guacamole may be added as a garnish.


Burritos also use tortillas as their base ingredient. However, unlike tacos, these tortillas are nearly always made from flour and they are always soft. They’re also much bigger than the tortillas used for tacos. The filling is placed in the middle. Instead of simply folding the tortilla around the filling, burritos are wrapped to create a de facto “package” of filling. The filling itself is typically cheese and meat or beans, but vegetables, rice, and garnishes may be added.


Fajitas are actually a Tex-Mex dish—not authentic Mexican cuisine. Fajitas are quite similar to burritos. They use a soft tortilla, which is typically made from flour. Unlike burritos and tacos, the focus of fajitas is on the meat. Traditionally, fajitas are made with marinated skirt steak sliced against the grain and grilled. Grilled vegetables are also added to fajitas. These days, you can find many variations on fajitas, including chicken, seafood, and vegetarian fajitas.

Whether you’re craving burritos, tacos, or fajitas, you can find exactly what you want at Vaqueros in Columbia Falls, MT. This popular restaurant serves authentic Mexican food in a festive atmosphere. To inquire about their hours or menu selection, you can call (406) 892-3501.

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