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    An important update fro science and history!

    The origins of the Chimichanga may be down to three options. I am grateful to know these important things.

    Debate over the origins of the chimichanga is ongoing:
    According to one source, the founder of the Tucson, Arizona, restaurant El Charro, Monica Flin, accidentally dropped a pastry into the deep fat fryer in 1922. She immediately began to utter a Spanish curse-word beginning "chi..." (chingada), but quickly stopped herself and instead exclaimed chimichanga, a Spanish equivalent of thingamajig.

    Woody Johnson, founder of Macayo's Mexican Kitchen, claims he invented the Chimichanga (chim-ee-ch-anga) in 1946 when he put some burritos into a deep fryer as an experiment at his original restaurant Woody's El Nido. These "fried burritos" became so popular that by 1952 when Woody's El Nido became Macayo's the chimichanga was one of the restaurant's main menu items. Johnson opened Macayo's in 1952.
    Although no official records indicate when the dish first appeared, retired University of Arizona folklorist Jim Griffith recalls seeing chimichangas at the Yaqui Old Pascua Village in Tucson in the mid-1950s.

    Given the variant chivichanga, mainly employed in Mexico, another derivation would have it that immigrants to the United States brought the dish with them, mainly through Nogales into Arizona. A third, and perhaps most likely possibility, is that the chimichanga, or chivichanga, has long been a part of local cuisine of the Pimería Alta of Arizona and Sonora, with its early range extending southward into Sinaloa. In Sinaloa the chimichangas are small. In any case, it is all but uncontroversial that within the United States, knowledge and appreciation of the dish spread slowly outward from the Tucson area, with popularity elsewhere accelerating in recent decades. Though the chimichanga is now found as part of the Tex-Mex repertoire, its roots within the U.S. seem to be in Pima County, Arizona.
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    Now if science can help me proofread! DANG!
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    Perhaps a chimichanga would help your proofreading skills...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
    The origins of the Chimichanga may be down to three options. I am grateful to know these important things.

    Debate over the origins of the chimichanga is ongoing:
    According to one source, the founder of the Tucson, Arizona, restaurant El Charro, Monica Flin, accidentally dropped a pastry into the deep fat fryer in 1922. She immediately began to utter a Spanish curse-word beginning "chi..." (chingada), but quickly stopped herself and instead exclaimed chimichanga, a Spanish equivalent of thingamajig.

    Woody Johnson, founder of Macayo's Mexican Kitchen, claims he invented the Chimichanga (chim-ee-ch-anga) in 1946 when he put some burritos into a deep fryer as an experiment at his original restaurant Woody's El Nido. These "fried burritos" became so popular that by 1952 when Woody's El Nido became Macayo's the chimichanga was one of the restaurant's main menu items. Johnson opened Macayo's in 1952.
    Although no official records indicate when the dish first appeared, retired University of Arizona folklorist Jim Griffith recalls seeing chimichangas at the Yaqui Old Pascua Village in Tucson in the mid-1950s.

    Given the variant chivichanga, mainly employed in Mexico, another derivation would have it that immigrants to the United States brought the dish with them, mainly through Nogales into Arizona. A third, and perhaps most likely possibility, is that the chimichanga, or chivichanga, has long been a part of local cuisine of the Pimería Alta of Arizona and Sonora, with its early range extending southward into Sinaloa. In Sinaloa the chimichangas are small. In any case, it is all but uncontroversial that within the United States, knowledge and appreciation of the dish spread slowly outward from the Tucson area, with popularity elsewhere accelerating in recent decades. Though the chimichanga is now found as part of the Tex-Mex repertoire, its roots within the U.S. seem to be in Pima County, Arizona.
    Little known fact...chimichangas also have bumps all over their goose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    Perhaps a chimichanga would help your proofreading skills...
    Una chimichanga y una cerveza Modelo.
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    God bless Charro! I'm glad she lives in the same town I do, though I have never seen her. I just feel better knowing she is here, sometime?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    Little known fact...chimichangas also have bumps all over their goose.
    Señorita, those are some nice maracas you got there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
    Una chimichanga y una cerveza Modelo.
    Si, amigo, PRONTO! y una cigaro!
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    Este thread esta un thread de oro! Oro, mis amigos! Oro puro!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
    Si, amigo, PRONTO! y una cigaro!
    Si chico, enseguida.

    Point of reference: in my native island of Cuba, a cigar is normally referred to as a tabaco. As in, Voy a fumar un tabaco (I am going to smoke a cigar.)

    In the USA, Cuban cigars are also referred to as: Habanos.
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    I have heard Pudo (spelling phoenetically, please don't be offended if it sound like another word!
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    I have some generous clients from Cuba (Calixto and Arami) who have blessed me with some nice Cohibas, Monte Christos and Liga Privada, muy bueno.

    Y'all stop by now, I need to smoke this humidor down some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    Este thread esta un thread de oro! Oro, mis amigos! Oro puro!
    Yeah big Ben, what can be better that good food, a great beer and good "habanos." Pure gold indeed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
    Yeah big Ben, what can be better that good food, a great beer and good "habanos." Pure gold indeed!
    I eat tons of Mexican food (having grown up in SoCal, it's a lot of my diet), so I approve of this thread.
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