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La Isla


May 23, 2011, 7:04 PM

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Food- Tacos de Carne Asada, Chiles Rellenos, Chimichangas

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Are chimichangas Mexican?


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chinagringo


May 23, 2011, 7:10 PM

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Supposedly known in Sinaloa and Sonora but may have been a southerly direction export from NOB:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimichanga
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Neil
Albuquerque, NM



joaquinx


May 24, 2011, 5:08 AM

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It depends on how much of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California you consider Mexican. Of course, at one time they were and still have a sizable Mexican(?) population. It's sorta like saying New York Pizza is Italian. If you buy it in Little Italy, it might be, but at Dominos, it probably isn't.
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La Isla


May 24, 2011, 9:03 AM

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It depends on how much of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California you consider Mexican. Of course, at one time they were and still have a sizable Mexican(?) population. It's sorta like saying New York Pizza is Italian. If you buy it in Little Italy, it might be, but at Dominos, it probably isn't.


A good point about the pizza. No doubt Italians would not think that the pizza I eat in Philly or New York was "real pizza". I´ve never seen chimichangas on the menu in any place I've eaten in Mexico, but then I've never been to Sinaloa or Sonora or any of the other border states.


joaquinx


May 24, 2011, 9:34 AM

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A good point about the pizza. No doubt Italians would not think that the pizza I eat in Philly or New York was "real pizza". I´ve never seen chimichangas on the menu in any place I've eaten in Mexico, but then I've never been to Sinaloa or Sonora or any of the other border states.


While in Xalapa, one of the smaller restaurants was passing out fliers about their grand opening and their menu was included. One of my Mexican friends was reading it and asked, "What's a Chimichanga?" I told her that it is a fried burrito. Then she asked, "What's a burrito?"
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La Isla


May 24, 2011, 9:38 AM

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A good point about the pizza. No doubt Italians would not think that the pizza I eat in Philly or New York was "real pizza". I´ve never seen chimichangas on the menu in any place I've eaten in Mexico, but then I've never been to Sinaloa or Sonora or any of the other border states.


While in Xalapa, one of the smaller restaurants was passing out fliers about their grand opening and their menu was included. One of my Mexican friends was reading it and asked, "What's a Chimichanga?" I told her that it is a fried burrito. Then she asked, "What's a burrito?"[/reply

Amusing anecdote. I wonder what part of Mexico the owner of this restaurant was from and why he put chimichangas on the menu. Maybe he liked the sound of the word. "Chimichanga" sounds like a new dance rhythm!


Flaekingur


May 24, 2011, 3:58 PM

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Los Chimichangas son completamente comunes en Sonora, estos en el "Plywood Palace" de Luis en Kino Viejo son muy deliciosos, como son su Chiles rellenos.
Al


mazbook1


May 24, 2011, 7:00 PM

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Well, IF a chimichanga is a fried burrito, it had to have originated NOB, as that's where burritos came from. Raised and lived most of my life in northern New Mexico, I had never heard of a chimichanga until I was in California one time a long time ago. Burritos, however, were ubiquitous in New Mexican cuisine. Back in the early 1940s, the guy selling hot, fresh bean burritos from an insulated box in front of the Santa Fe primary school was about the most popular guy around.

And in the early 1950s, in Albuquerque, there was a guy with an insulated box selling hot, fresh, bean burritos from an insulated box on the front of a scooter was a popular guy. In the hot months, he added dry ice to the box and sold frozen popsicles, and such things.

About that same time, I made my first trip to México, to Chihuahua (city), about 250 miles south of the border, and there was nary a burrito on any menu in any restaurant we went to.

I rather believe that they are probably a "borderlands" thing that has slowly crept both north and south. I've lived in southern Sinaloa, and just last week saw a sign out in front of a small restaurant advertising chimichangas. Even burritos seemed to be unknown here when I first came, many years ago, but now they are offered in many of the smaller, convenience food sort of places.


Bennie García

May 24, 2011, 7:48 PM

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Nonsense. They have been eating tortillas de harina in Mexico, especially in the north, for centuries. A burrito is nothing more than a taco made with a flour tortilla.

Burritos made with the extra large tortilla sobaquera in Sonora are famous and they have nothing to do with anything NOB.


esperanza

May 24, 2011, 8:53 PM

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Amen, Bennie. If anybody wants more burrito information, read here:

http://mexicocooks.typepad.com/...for-those-of-yo.html

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Flaekingur


May 24, 2011, 10:36 PM

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The Chimichangas we used to get in Kino Viejo and Hermosillo were flour tortillas filled with mashed potatoes and shredded pork or chicken. They had crumbled queso fresca on top and or salsa. They were cooked on a pan like a quesadia. No beans, although refried beans were always on the plate as a side dish.
As a side note, flour tortillas as they are made in Mexico, thin like crepes, are impossible to get up here in Canada. The only tortillas we can get up here are mostly made in the U.S. and are thick as a slice of bread. Fortunately, Sonoran tortillas freeze well and we always bring a good supply back from Mexico. ¡Dios mio, ya tengo mucho hambre!
Al
 
 
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