A wheat tortilla wrapped around a meat filling, deep-fried to a golden-brown perfection, topped with cheeses and sauces, and served in a bed of lettuce along with re-fried beans… If this sounds amazing to you, it’s no wonder you want to know more about chimichangas.
While debate over the culinary origins of the Chimichanga is ongoing, one of the most solid claims has its roots in the oldest Mexican restaurant in Tucson, Arizona. Family legend has it that the restaurant’s founder accidentally dropped a burrito into the deep fryer, proceeding to exclaim “chimichanga,” in Spanish meaning “thingamagig,” as she did so.
What is a Chimichanga?
The Chimichanga is a favorite dish of ours. While the contents of the wheat tortilla varies among homes and restaurants, a typical Chimichanga is filled with a hearty helping of meat, vegetables and seasonings.
Meat fillings can include:
- Ground or shredded beef or pork
- Grilled steak
- Fajita chicken
Shrimp, onions and peppers are other alternatives. Overstuffed, large versions of a chimichanga are not unheard of, for the obvious reason that it’s so delicious.
Toppings can include:
- Red enchilada sauce
- Green chili sauce
- Chile con queso sauce
- Sour Cream
- Lettuce and tomatoes
- Avocado slices
- Seafood sauce
What’s the difference between a burrito and a chimichanga?
A burrito is a delightfully stuffed flour tortilla, filled with your choice of meat, vegetables and spices. The main difference between a burrito and a chimichanga lies in the final step – deep-frying. When you drop the artfully wrapped and stuffed tortilla into the deep-fryer, it becomes a chimichanga!
At Mexicali Fresh Mex Grill, we honor the authenticity and spirit of traditional Mexican cuisine, while enjoy the flexibility of offering flavorful variations of old favorites. Visit our Massachusetts restaurants in Holden, Spencer and Ware and stop by our Connecticut locations in Stonington and Dayville to enjoy our versions of the Mexican chimichanga with your family and friends.