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A Review of Frozen Chimichangas

Updated on November 30, 2019
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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.

A brief note on the contents

Periodically the reviews will be updated and new varieties added as I come across them. Not all the products listed may be available in your area.

And of course, there are some where you are located, that might not be available here.

Please feel free to share.

The Participants

Value (Price)
Jose Ole Beef and Cheese
El Monterey
Tina's Beef and Bean
Casa Mamita Steak and Cheese
Ratings based on a scale of 1 through 10 where 10 is the most favorable

Jose Ole Beef and Cheese

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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.


Do you like prefer soft shell or crispy?

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El Monterey (Beef and Cheese)

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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.

Please try some of these

Please try some of these yourself and let me know what you think.

Keep in mind however, that adherence to a diet that consists of too many frozen foods can lead to unhealthy conditions.

Tina's Beef and Bean

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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

What is your preferred meat for tacos or burritos?

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Casa Mamita

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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.

Burritos and Chimichangas

Burritos and chimichangas are basically the same animal. Chimichangas are specifically deep fried, whereas burritos can be wet or just a simple, warmed tortilla wrapped.

Personally I prefer my burritos deep fried, so I guess that I am inclined towards chimichangas.

A deep fried burrito

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.

Is there really a difference between burritos and chimichangas

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Chimichanga at a Mexican Restaurant

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.


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

Are frozen foods just as good as restaurants?

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© 2019 Liam C


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    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

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


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