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Where to Find Chimichangas in Brisbane

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published February 17th 2016
Deadpool shouts "Chimichangas" and you can eat them too
If you have seen the Deadpool movie you will have heard the mercenary with the mouth use his favourite exclamation, "Chimichangas". Perhaps you thought it was just a silly variation on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles battle cry of "Cowabunga", but it isn't. A chimichanga is actually a deep fried burrito and popular in Texas and parts of Mexico.

Photo of a chimichanga courtesy of Wikipedia (Erik Abderhalden)
Photo of a chimichanga courtesy of Wikipedia (Erik Abderhalden)


So of course now people in Brisbane will be keen to seek out chimichangas and it turns out there are several places in Brisbane that do these delicious, artery clogging, Tex-Mex delicacies. You can't just walk into any Mexican fast food place and expect them, but here are some restaurants that I recommend.

Photo of Deadpool explaining the effect Chimichangas have on your hear courtesy of Fox Movies
Photo of Deadpool explaining the effect Chimichangas have on your hear courtesy of Fox Movies


El Torito in West End

A West End staple for 19 years, El Torito has long been serving authentic Mexican food. While most of their food is less greasy than a lot of Tex-Mex fast food joints they are happy to deep fry up some chimichangas for you. They are also pretty cheap.

Beach Burrito Company in Fortitude Valley and West End

The Beach Burrito Company does Tex-Mex food and so are happily prepared to make things a little more greasy that they really should be. But then with their chimichangas that is what you are hoping for. They do frozen margaritas but I think I prefer my chimichangas with some Mexican beer instead. They also have a restaurant in Coolangatta.

La Quinta Mexican Cafe & Bar in Bulimba

Being Bulimba of course La Quinta tries to serve you tacos and salsa in the fanciest way possible while charging you as much as they need to keep the riff raff (like myself) out. But they do take Mexican food, including Mexican street food, one step up above the competition. They also do chimichangas that are great to have with one of 9 types of margaritas that they serve. (You don't have to only have one type of margarita, but to be responsible we don't recommend that you try all 9 types during one meal).

Pepe's Newmarket

Pepe's has a fairly good reputation for generous servings of Mexican food with a bit of innovation. The emphasis is on fresh and cooked without too much fat and grease. The also do great chimichangas. On special days they also have a mariachi band.

Pepe's Mexican Jindalee

Not associated with the Pepe's in Newmarket, Pepe's Mexican Jindalee serves a great selection of Tex-Mex food. I like that they often include a bit of salad with the food. It is a little greasy, which is authentic for your Tex-Mex, and of course to make this list they have lovely deep fried and very unhealthy chimichangas.

Mexican or Tex-mex

I keep writing the word Tex-Mex instead of Mexican for some of food I am describing. It turns out that most of the so called Mexican food that we eat actually has its origin in Texas. The easy guide is if it has yellow cheese it is not true Mexican food, but should be called Tex-Mex. It isn't to say it isn't authentic, as it is the result of the genuine blending of Mexican and American food to create what the world is calling Mexican food. A lot of the restaurants on this list do a little bit of both.

Fox Movies would like me to remind you to enjoy your chimichangas after enjoying the Deadpool movie
Fox Movies would like me to remind you to enjoy your chimichangas after enjoying the Deadpool movie
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Your Comment
Wow, thanks! I didn't even know it was a thing!
by Anthony Carrick (score: 2|246) 1213 days ago
Mouth Watering :) Had tried these in US and absolutely loved them! Would be interesting to see how authentic they're in down under..
by Diana (score: 2|681) 1208 days ago
Nice article, I definitely want to try one now!
by Denise H-C (score: 2|159) 1214 days ago
Maybe also look at Gabriel Iglesias ( Fluffy Guy ) , who was talking and joking about chimichangas well before Deadpool.
by andre (score: 0|4) 1209 days ago
Turbans & Cowboys at Albion do an interesting interpretation of Chimichanga using Indian style meat. Very nice.
by beneu (score: 1|17) 1207 days ago
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