Can You Resist the Irresistible Chimichanga?

A very popular dish that gets ordered extremely often at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant is the chimichanga. We made great efforts to perfect this delicious dish here at Mexicali Blues, and the result was two amazing versions of this irresistible treat. 

We take a large flour tortilla and stuff it full of meat and cheese. It is then deep-fried and topped with lettuce, sour cream, and green onions. This delicious dish is served with a side of our savory rice & beans. If you aren't in the mood for chicken or beef, we also offer an excellent seafood version. 

Baja Chimichanga
This chimichanga is also served with rice and beans and is deep-fried. The inside of the large flour tortilla is stuffed with chicken in this case, and the outside is covered with our Baja cheese dip, which is made up of white cheeses, spinach, peppers, and spices.   

We also have a wonderful Deep-Fried Burrito on our menu at Mexicali Blues. This is very similar to a chimichanga, but the difference is that instead of containing meat and cheese on the inside, the burrito contains meat, beans, and rice and it's topped with enchilada sauce, melted cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and green onion. 

Who Created the Chimichanga?
There are a couple of different stories about how the chimichanga became the beloved dish it is today. The first possibility claims that Monica Flin from Tucson, Arizona's El Charro restaurant 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 tells 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 become 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!  

The next time that you have a craving for the best Mexican food at the Lake of the Ozarks, consider giving one of our irresistible chimichangas a try. Just like with all of the other wonderful dishes here at Mexicali Blues, we know you are going to love it!
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