Where Did The Chimichanga Come From?

A very popular dish at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant is the Chimichanga. We have two delicious versions of this tasty treat available for you to order at Mexicali Blues, but did you ever wonder how this yummy dish came to be? Well, wonder no longer, because we found out for you! (Kind of...) 

The Chimichanga's Possible Origins
Apparently, there are a couple of different stories about how the chimichanga became a beloved dish. The first possibility claims that the founder of Tucson, Arizona's El Charro restaurant, Monica Flin, dropped a burrito into the deep-fryer by accident back in 1922. This made her start to curse with a Spanish word that begins with "chi..." but she quickly censored herself and instead said, "chimichanga!" which is similar to the American word "thingamajig" in Spanish.  

Another tale goes that Woody Johnson claims to have created the first chimichanga in 1946 as an experiment for his restaurant, Woody's El Nido. The "deep-fried" burrito recipe that he was playing around with became a huge hit with his customers and was soon the main dish on the menu.    

Others say that it originated in Mexico, and immigrants to the United States brought it along with them into Arizona. In Mexico, you may hear it referred to as a "chivichanga." Regardless of how our modern-day chimichanga got its start, we're just glad that someone had the brilliant idea to create it in the first place! 

Chimichangas at Mexicali Blues
We do offer a Deep-Fried Burrito on our menu which is very similar, but the biggest difference between is that instead of the meat and cheese found inside a Mexicali Blues chimichanga, the burrito contains meat, beans, and rice. It tastes amazing too, but if you're looking for a true chimichanga, try one of these delicious dishes from our menu.   

Chimichanga - A large flour tortilla stuffed with meat & cheese, deep-fried, and topped with lettuce, sour cream, and green onions. It is served with a side of rice & beans, and if you like, seafood can be substituted for the meat inside.

Baja Chimichanga - A Large tortilla stuffed with chicken, deep-fried, and topped with our Baja Cheese Dip. It is also served with a side of rice & beans.  

A plate containing either of those tasty dishes is plenty to satisfy anyone, but pair it with some crisp chips, house-recipe salsa, and the best margaritas at the Lake of the Ozarks, and you've got a meal to brag about! (Don't forget to save room for dessert too!) If you haven't had the pleasure yet, the next time you dine at Mexicali Blues, give one of our chimichangas a try. You will not be disappointed! 

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