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A Review of Frozen Chimichangas

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Chimichangas

A chimichanga is basically a deep fried burrito with contents that can include: meat, beans, rice, cheese and even vegetables.

The frozen ones in the store, really are not that much different from the burritos that are sold. The contents might be a little more substantial in the chimichanga.

When purchased from the freezer at the grocery store, both burritos and chimichangas appear the same. A mixture wrapped in a tortilla.

Preparation is probably the key difference, even though some of these products are marketed strictly as chimichangas.

However, you can be the judge yourself, but here are my opinions.

The Participants

Ratings based on a scale of 1 through 10 where 10 is the most favorable

BrandMeat/BeansCheeseSpices/SauceTortillaValue (Price)Overall

Jose Ole Beef and Cheese

8.5

9

8.5

9

7

8.5

El Monterey

9

8.5

8

8.5

7.5

8.5

Tina's Beef and Bean

6.5

NA

6

7

7.5

6

Casa Mamita Steak and Cheese

9

9

8

9

8.5

9

Jose Ole Beef and Cheese

Rating: 8.5


Well, I have to say this is one of the best frozen chimichangas I have ever had. It was nice and crispy on the outside and hot and delicious on the inside.

The spices were just right and there were fine slivers of tasty shredded beef inside. The cheese was authentic and rich and fragrant.

The tortilla shell was perfectly crispy and just the right thickness: thin enough to not take over the contents and thick enough to add the right crust.

I will be definitely sampling more flavors this brand carries: Bean and Cheese, Beef Nacho, Chicken, etc. They are very good.

A little more expensive, but definitely worth it. Almost large enough to be served in a restaurant and I am sure there are some restaurants that provide this as their menu selection.

Add a side of rice, some refried beans, some nachos and you have a great Mexican meal.

Question

El Monterey

Rating: 8.5

The best thing about El Monterey is that it really is composed of shredded beef. I wish there were a little more of it, because it is pretty good.

The cheese was a little overpowering for me. I like cheeses, but the mixture of the three blends and the amount of it was a little heavy.

The spices are pretty good - this flavor is mild - but I could detect some hint of cilantro.

Overall, a nice flavor and right size. When I fried it up, it plumped a bit and seemed almost restaurant quality.

A nice break from the cheaper varieties.

Tina's Beef and Bean

Rating: 6

Well I have to say I was a little disappointed. These are cheap - about thirty cents a piece and definitely taste like it.

There was a mild tasting paste inside with little chunks of bean. I expected something a little more flavorful because I had tasted the burritos and those were good. But these were very bland and there wasn't really much as far as contents were concerned.

The tortilla cooked up really nice. Very crisp and full. The shell actually expanded a bit when heated up which was a good thing because the specimens were about the size of a flash drive when you took them out of the packet.

Economical and probably will satisfy you if you need a cheap snack.

Otherwise, I would pass on them.

Seeking Your Input

Casa Mamita

Rating: 9

Definitely one of the better brands of chimichanga. Real chunks of shreded beef and a delicious sauce that isn't too spicy. The cheese is thick and delicious.

I deep fry my burritos/chimichangas because that's how I prefer them. This one broke open during preparation and leaked out some of the contents.

The tortilla came out nice and crisp and was thick and tasty. Probably one of the better encasings.

Definitely worth it - a little more costly than the others - but great.

Will buy again.

A deep fried burrito

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Fried burritos

Often, when you go to a burger joint, they will sell burritos, but they are deep fried. Technically, these are chimichangas, even though they are probably the burritos you buy at the grocery store for a quarter a piece or less.

Fact is that Americans prefer their food fried.

Is it a burrito though? Well, they call it that so it must be.

Chimichanga at a Mexican Restaurant

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Restaurant Style

You can get them at restaurants, with a side of rice and beans of course.

When you buy a freshly made chimichanga, you will notice it is much larger (grande) than you get at the grocery store.

It is also filled with contents - thick and full - and sometimes there is a variety: ground beef, rice, cheese and cabbage.

Delicious.

But when you are home and craving something similar, simple and one tenth the price, you always got frozen.

© 2019 Fin

Comments

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 30, 2019:

Hard choices. They all look delicious. Thanks for sharing!