If you have ever been to a Mexican restaurant you have either heard of or tried the chimichanga. The chimichanga or chimi as I affectionately call it, is one of the most iconic Mexican dishes in the American palette.

The chimichanga is somewhat like an empanada or burrito, but fried to golden perfection. Filled with meat, cheese and beans it is a flavorful favorite for many a Mexican dining experience.

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The chimichanga like so many dishes at a Mexican American restaurant are really Americanized versions of Mexican food also referred to as Tex Mex.  Burritos, Tacos, enchiladas and more all have been texcised (similar to Americanized but with Texas flair).

Origin of this Mexican dish

Like many dishes and Mexican food or beverage creations, many claim to be the originator. Unfortunately it is hard to narrow down the Mexican inspired Chimichanga to one specific origin point, very much like the margarita. But there are some great claims.

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I saw one persistent claim on Wikipedia about a Tucson restaurant in the 1920s where the cook drops a burrito into the fryer. At first she wants to say a curse word beginning with Chi but changes it to chimichanga meaning an unclassified dish. But the story didn’t go into the best part, leaving me to use my imagination for that….

The first bite of the Chimichanga

I am guessing the chef retrieved the now fried burrito out of the oil. Waiting a few moments she let the oil drain and the burrito got cool enough to eat. Then that first bite. That moment of culinary greatness when you know you have something good and you can remember how you did it.

I too have experienced the first bite syndrome when I enjoy Mexican. That time from the moment the server brings the piping hot food to the time I get to taste it seems like an eternity. With a chimichanga, more so.

Having had a few chimichangas myself I have learned a few things

-They are good served piping hot

-They are always good

-The first few bites are magic

-I would bet this originator had that same feeling.

More Origins of the Chimi

This is not the only origin story. I had heard they were invented in Texas but many of the accomexican food in williamsburgunts point to Arizona. Even with this variance in accounts there are a few things I feel pretty confident about when pinpointing the Chimi’s origin.

-It originated or was officially named in the American Southwest

-It is a Mexican fusion dish

-It gained notoriety in the 20th century

 

Getting a great Chimichanga nearby

Now, you probably are thinking about Chimichanga’s. Come enjoy El Sabroson’s Chimichanga as well as one of our many authentic Mexican food favorites.

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You can also enjoy many of our Mexican and Latin favorites at our daily lunch buffet. Bring your appetite, you are going to need it.

Getting Great Mexican food

El Sabroson offers Mexican food and other Latin food favorites. Most Mexican dishes you get in America are really Tex Mex. They still pull seasonings and methods from their authentic Mexican recipe cousins but are Americanized for the meat intensive flavor blasted mega sized American appetite.

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