[chim-ee-chahng-guh; Spanish chee-mee-chahng-gah]
- 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 of chimichanga
< Mexican Spanish (Veracruz, Tabasco) chimichanga, chivichanga trinket, trifle; of unexplained orig.
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Word Origin and History for chimichanga
"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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper