A Classic Mexican Restaurant Dish - the Chimichanga

One of the delicious dishes you expect to see on the menu at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant is the chimichanga. It's a classic that everyone loves and we do our best here at Mexicali Blues in Osage Beach to serve a chimichanga that will make your taste buds very happy! 

Have you ever wondered who the creative genius is behind this fantastic food? Well, there are a couple of versions...

The Origin(s) of 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 a 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 Mexicali Blues Way
We offer chimichangas a couple of different ways with a variety of meats to choose from. We also have a wonderful Deep-Fried Burrito on the menu which is a very similar dish. The difference is that instead of containing just meat and cheese on the inside, the burrito shell contains meat (chicken, pork, or beef,) beans, and rice and is then topped with enchilada sauce, melted cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and green onion.  

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. 

The next time you have a craving for something hearty, crispy, and full of flavor, head on over to Mexicali Blues and give one of our chimichangas a try. They are in good company on a menu filled with the best Mexican food at the Lake of the Ozarks. The only downside to dining here is the fact that it's just so hard to choose between all of the delicious possibilities!

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Osage Beach, MO 65065


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