chi·​mi·​chan·​ga ˌchi-mē-ˈchäŋ-gə How to pronounce chimichanga (audio)
: a tortilla wrapped around a filling (as of meat) and deep-fried

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That's exactly what went down at Macayo's in Ahwatukee Foothills on Sept. 25 as a team of chefs, employees and chimi-fans attempted to claim the Guinness World Record with the creation of a 25-foot-long chimichanga. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 3 Oct. 2021 Regardless of its origins, the chimichanga has certainly been a staple at Macayo's for over seven decades. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 3 Oct. 2021 The restaurant's founder, Monica Flin, is said to have invented the chimichanga. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 29 July 2021 Next, fold the bottom and top down and roll over to completely seal the chimichanga. Christine Byrne, Outside Online, 7 Apr. 2021 El Charro Cafe in Tucson and some food historians dispute this origin story of the chimichanga, however. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, 27 Dec. 2019 Consider sticking around for dessert, particularly the banana chimichanga ($9) drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce., 3 Oct. 2019 Among the desserts: a non-vegan cheesecake chimichanga ($6). Matt Wake |, al, 16 Sep. 2019 Fajitas start at $16.95, while Mexican favorites range from $13.95 (chimichanga) to $23.95 (carne a la tampiquena). Donald Liebenson, Lake County News-Sun, 8 July 2018 See More

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Word History


Mexican Spanish, trinket

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chimichanga was in 1970

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Cite this Entry

“Chimichanga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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chi·​mi·​chan·​ga ˌchim-ē-ˈchäng-gə How to pronounce chimichanga (audio)
: a tortilla wrapped around a filling (as of meat) and deep-fried
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