Chimichanga vs. Burrito differences: Don’t we all love buying, making, and eating food on the go? I know I do! No wonder burritos and chimichangas are extremely popular. These meals, wrapped for convenience, are yummy, budget-friendly, and even healthy.
What is a Burrito?
First, let us establish what a burrito is. A burrito is a large flour or wheat tortilla wrapped around a filling made with various ingredients. Northern Mexicans particularly love this Tex-Mex or Mexican dish.
The ends of a burrito cylinder must be closed because the main idea behind it is to be able to hold it in your hands to eat it. For those who want to try their hands at making homemade tortillas, consider using a tortilla press or a tortilla warmer.
What is Chimichanga?
Next, let us look at a chimichanga. Also a Tex-Mex dish from a Spanish origin and a little bit of influence from Southwestern U.S. cuisine, a chimichanga is a deep-fried burrito.
It contains the same variety of fillings wrapped in a flour tortilla much like a burrito but deep-fried in oil before serving. A deep fryer can be an excellent addition to your kitchen tools for making this.
Two Mexican-Spanish terms supposedly form the term “chimichanga”: “chimi” derived from chamuscado means singed or seared and “changa” links to chinga, a mild insult or a rude expression.
Difference Between Chimichanga and Burrito
So, based on these descriptions, let’s run through the difference between a chimichanga and a burrito in three categories: preparation, origin, and ingredients.
First, a burrito is prepared by wrapping the filling in a flour tortilla and then served immediately. The iconic way to do it is by creating a big cylinder and closing off the ends. There are also variations like the “wet” burrito that involves a smothering of sauce or cheese on top.
The tortilla is sometimes steamed or lightly grilled to heat them up and make them more pliable so that it adheres to itself upon wrapping.
Burritos trace their roots from northern Mexico although the version we know and have popularized today is primarily Americanized and is an iconic dish of Tex-Mex cuisine.
While generally, burritos and chimichangas can contain the same fillings and ingredients, they also have distinctions in this department.
These two popular dishes are similar in more ways than one, but the difference between chimichanga and burrito come in terms of preparation, origin, and ingredients. Chimichangas are deep-fried burritos, both have Tex-Mex roots, and burritos sometimes contain meat whereas chimichangas almost always do.
Regardless of their differences, there are undoubtedly many things to love about both burritos and chimichangas!
For those who want to delve deeper into the world of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, consider checking out “Mexican Food Made Simple” by Thomasina Miers and “The Tex-Mex Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos” by Robb Walsh. These books offer a wealth of recipes and historical context that will add depth to your culinary journey.