What I Learned from Rolling Burritos

Can we all agree that burritos are delicious and very fun to say. Boor-E-Toe. Also known as heaven wrapped in a tortilla blanket.

For about six months I worked at Qdoba Mexican Grill as a line server. It was a basic minimum wage job that payed $10.25 an hour. I could indulge in as many tortilla chips as possible. Making all different types of burritos, tacos, and quesadilla combinations. If I had to work the lunch and dinner shifts it would not be uncommon for me to eat Qdoba twice in one day. Burritos are not just delicious and fun to pronounce, but can also teach you lessons about life.

Making and folding burritos is an art form. Pack the burrito to big and it would unravel. Don’t add enough and you’re eating mostly tortilla. A lesson in balance.

Also, you want to make sure that the inside was evenly portioned so every bite is a great bite! So what have the burritos taught me about life? Good question.

When I first started working at Qdoba it was very difficult to roll a burrito. The tortilla kept tearing, I packed to much or not enough, and with a line to the door I was under pressure. This did not stop me: I persisted. After a couple weeks of practice my burrito rolling skills were greatly improved.

New people were hired and I got to train them on the art of burritos. I was the burrito Yoda.

Do or do not, there is no try.

Jedi life lesson: you can’t read how to roll a burrito you must roll a burrito to understand.

Just start rolling burritos. You will make mistakes: grab another tortilla and try again.

This burrito advice can be applied for all areas of life. You can read all the books in the world, but they are useless if not applied. Today, everyone knows everything, a quick Google search and boom you have the answer. But, that does not mean you understand.

It’s easy to spot when a person has not “rolled a burrito”. There are a lot of holes in their knowledge.

The saying goes: a person who has the experience will end up with the money, and the person with the money will have the experience.

We learn best from experience. Thinking about it now, the reason I dropped out of school was because of the burritos. Maybe not from the burritos specifically, but from the other 13 jobs i’ve had. I learned that: by starting something you will make a lot of mistakes, but you will get the hang of it faster. I messed up a lot, but caught on quickly.

Just start, make mistakes, keep moving forward.

Take the advice and guidance of the teacher and make it your own. My burrito Obi-Wan Kenobi folded the burrito her way. Taking the advice I would practice her method. After much practice I made some slight adjustments. Now you are prepared to be the Obi-Wan Kenobi for the new generation of young jedi’s.


Have you ever biked 190 miles for a burrito? If not read the previous post: My 190 Mile Bike Ride to Chipotle.

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