There are two stories vying for the official history of the chimichanga.  The ‘chimi’, as it is also known, is a burrito that has been deep fried.  Phoenix and Tucson both have restauranteurs who claim to have been the first to drop the burrito into the hot oil.  Macayo’s Mexican restaurant in Phoenix say that they invented it, but the one I’m more apt to believe is El Charro in Tucson.  El Charro has been around longer and they have an explanation for the name.  Apparently, when the burrito was accidentally dropped into the hot oil the owner started to say “chingada” (excuse my Spanish), but realized the presence of youngsters in time to say chimichanga meaning thingamajig.


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