Chipotle may have started the National Burrito Day celebration early, but there’s plenty of other restaurants serving up deals on Thursday, April 4.

The cooked-up holiday hits on the first Thursday of April and usually means burrito lovers can choose from specials and promotions at many Mexican food chains.

The burrito, which means “little donkey,” likely arose from the co-mingling of foods in Mexico with that of Europeans, who arrived after the Spanish conquest in the 16th century, wrote Jeffrey Pilcher, a professor of food history at the University of Toronto, in his book “Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food.”

Burros, or donkeys, likely inspired the name “burrito” because street vendors sold burritos from baskets carried by burros and the donkeys often also bore a cylindrical bedroll.

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Whatever the origin, burritos are yummy. We’ve wrapped up many of the deals on tortilla-wrapped meals.

Taco Bell’s BOGO 50% off deal for National Burrito Day

On National Burrito Day, when you buy one burrito in the Taco Bell app, you can get a second one of equal or lesser value for 50% off (1 per user). That includes the Cantina Chicken Burrito, which is part of the chain’s recently launched Cantina Chicken Menu, made with slow-roasted, spiced and shredded chicken.

Taco Bell's new Cantina Chicken Menu includes the Cantina Chicken Burrito, Cantina Chicken Taco (soft or crispy), Cantina Chicken Quesadilla and the Cantina Chicken Bowl.

Taco Bell’s new Cantina Chicken Menu includes the Cantina Chicken Burrito, Cantina Chicken Taco (soft or crispy), Cantina Chicken Quesadilla and the Cantina Chicken Bowl.

Also on Thursday, April 4, these delivery services have deals on Taco Bell orders:

  • DoorDash: Get $5 off your order of $20 or more when you purchase a burrito.

  • Grubhub: Get a free burrito with an order of $22 or more.

  • Uber Eats: Buy one Beefy 5-Layer Burrito and get one of equal or lesser value free.

Baja Fresh: BOGO burrito deal

Buy one get, one free burritos at Baja Fresh through National Burrito Day by being a member of the Club Baja Rewards loyalty program (Place an order online at bajafresh.com using the code BURRITO2024 to get this limited-time offer.)

Bubbakoo’s: BOGO deal on National Burrito Day

Mexican-fusion restaurant Bubbakoo’s Burritos, with more than 100 U.S. locations in 15 states, has a buy-one-get-one-free burrito deal on National Burrito Day, April 4. To get the deal, you must be a member of the restaurant’s Green Room loyalty program. Once you buy a regular burrito at full price, your account gets a deal to redeem for a free burrito at a later date.

Dog Haus: BOGO deal for National Burrito Day

Buy one burrito get one free from Dog Haus on Thursday, April 4, when you order through the Haus Rewards app. (Must be a registered user to get the BOGO coupon in the app.)

El Pollo Loco: Free burritos on Instagram and in the app

California-based El Pollo Loco, with more than 495 restaurants in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and Louisiana, begins the National Burrito Day celebration on Wednesday, with codes for free burritos or a discounted burritos on its Instagram page (good on April 3 only).

Then on Thursday, members of its Loco Rewards loyalty program will get a buy-one-get-one free burrito offer (good for a free burrito of equal or lesser value; not valid on combos). The offer is good on April 4 only and can be only used once.

Farmer Boys has $5 Breakfast Burritos

Start your National Burrito Day celebration at Farmer Boys restaurants – there’s more than 100 locations in California, Arizona and Nevada – with a $5 Breakfast Burrito (typically priced $10-$11) at Farmer Boys. The deal is good from when the restaurant opens until 11 a.m. on Thursday (two burritos per customer).

Freebirds’ National Burrito Day $6 meal deal

Austin, Texas-headquartered Freebirds World Burrito is pricing all its Freebird-sized burritos, bowls, and salads at $6 including limited time-availability Texas Smoked Brisket dishes. You can also upgrade your order to Monster size for $3.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop: Buy one burrito on National Burrito Day, get one free later

Fort Worth, Texas-headquartered Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has a buy-one-get-one-free burrito deal on Thursday, National Burrito Day, for members of its Fuzzy’s Rewards loyalty program. Buy a burrito on April 4 and you’ll get a reward for a free burrito April 5-30 with any $5 purchase (good for dine-in, to go and online ordering, but not valid on third-party delivery orders).

Moe’s burrito giveaway and BOGO deal

On National Burrito Day, April 4, at Moe’s Southwest Grill buy one, get one free burrito or bowl when ordering online, in-store, or on the Moe’s Rewards App. (Good at participating locations nationwide; not valid with other offers or rewards, or third-party delivery. Service fee applies to online and in app orders.)

Also on National Burrito Day, Moe’s will give 100 winners a free burrito each week for 52 weeks. For a chance to win, check in on your Moe Rewards account – scan to earn or redeem, place an order in the app, or scan a receipt – starting at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday. You can also enter on Instagram and Facebook.

Pancheros Mexican Grill burrito giveaway

Iowa-based fast-casual chain Pancheros Mexican Grill, with more than 70 locations in 13 states, will give out 10,000 free burritos on National Burrito Day. On Thursday, Pancheros will post a unique code on its accounts on Facebook, Instagram and X, the social network formerly known as Twitter. The first 10,000 fans to enter the code into the Pancheros app will be sent the reward. Download the app and create a Burritos with Benefits account ahead of the giveaway to receive the reward.

QDOBA free burrito deal on National Burrito Day

Get a free burrito with the purchase of an entrée and drink at QDOBA on April 4 if you are a member of the QDOBA Rewards loyalty program. You can redeem the deal in-restaurant, online, or through the QDOBA app.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill: $8.99 burrito deal

All of the San Diego-based chain’s burritos including the Puerto Nuevo Burrito with Langostino Lobster, are available for $8.99 on National Burrito Day. Order as many burritos as you want through the Rubio’s app and enter coupon code BURRITO at checkout, or scan the QR code in restaurants.

Sheetz $2 off deal on National Burrito Day

Starting on National Burrito Day, Thursday, April 4, and through Saturday, April 6, get $2 off made-to-order burritos at Sheetz restaurant and convenience stores. Download the Sheetz app and find the deal under the OFFERZ tab on the app. (Sheetz made-to-order burritos start at $6.69.)

Taco John’s $2 off burrito deal and new Taco Pizza

On National Burrito Day, April 4, members of Taco John’s Bigger Bolder Rewards loyalty program get $2 off any Meat and Potato Burrito Combo (download the app and sign up for Bigger Bolder Rewards by Wednesday, April 3/3).

Let’s just say you were not a big fan of burritos – we’re not sure why you wouldn’t be – Taco John’s has an alternative: the new limited-time Taco Pizza. The 10-inch, eight-slice corn and wheat flour-crusted pizza is served in a signature pizza box (available in-store or in the drive-thru for $9.99).

Its seven layers of toppings include refried beans, beef, a four-cheese blend, Fiesta sauce, tortilla chips and – after it’s baked – lettuce and diced tomatoes, says the Cheyenne, Wyoming-based chain with nearly 400 restaurants in 23 states.

Each Thursday in April, starting April 4 and through April 25, Bigger Bolder Rewards members can get a “Taco Pizza Thursday” of $2 off one Taco Pizza using the promo code TACOPIZZA in the app.

Tocaya National Burrito Day deal

Tocaya Modern Mexican, with 15 locations in California and Arizona, is giving email subscribers free chips and guacamole with the purchase of one of their signature burritos ranging from breakfast burritos to the Burrito Mexicano. Subscribe to the email list at the bottom of the Tocaya website.

Wahoo’s discount on Citrus Slaw, Outer Reef burritos

Southern California-founded Wahoo’s has its Citrus Slaw and Outer Reef burritos discount-priced for $10.95 (typically $12-$13) starting on National Burrito Day through April 8.

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