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chimichanga

[chim-ee-chahng-guh; Spanish chee-mee-chahng-gah] /ˌtʃɪm iˈtʃɑŋ gə; Spanish ˌtʃi miˈtʃɑŋ gɑ/
noun, plural chimichangas
[chim-ee-chahng-guh z; Spanish chee-mee-chahng-gahs] /ˌtʃɪm iˈtʃɑŋ gəz; Spanish ˌtʃi miˈtʃɑŋ gɑs/ (Show IPA).
Mexican Cookery.
1.
a crisp, often deep-fried tortilla containing a spicy filling of pork, chicken, etc., usually served as an appetizer with sour cream, green chili sauce, melted cheese, etc.
Origin
< Mexican Spanish (Veracruz, Tabasco) chimichanga, chivichanga trinket, trifle; of unexplained orig.
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Examples from the web for chimichanga
  • The specials include chimichanga fajitas, chicken mole and fried fish.
  • The menu features items such as chimichanga platters, steak fajita burritos and chili and cheese tamales.
Word Origin and History for chimichanga
n.

"deep-fried burrito," by 1964; the thing and the name for it seem to have originated somewhere along the western U.S.-Mexico border (Arizona, Sonora), but beyond that all is obscure.

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