Macayo’s Opens in PhoenixThe legendary Macayo’s restaurant is founded and becomes a staple of Phoenix’s dining scene for three-quarters of a century.
A Timeless Classic Gets a New SpinCreated by accident when the Macayo’s founder drops a meat burrito into the deep fryer at the restaurant in Phoenix, the chimichanga becomes a staple of Mexican restaurants the world over.
The Mini Chimi’s Join the PartyNot satisfied with simply creating an iconic dish, Macayo’s introduce the Mini Chimis, bite-sized versions of their classic chimichangas.
Hail to the ChimiChimichangas are among the most popular dishes at Mexican restaurants like Macayo’s and they attract the attention of the first family — President Barack Obama orders a signature chimi while celebrating his daughter Malia’s birthday at the Macayo’s central location in Phoenix.
Check Yes for ChimiPublic referendums are rarely this tasty but during this time Macayo’s leads an effort to have the chimichanga named the state food of Arizona.
National Chimichanga Day is LaunchedEvery day is a good day for a chimichanga but to give this dish the recognition it deserves, Macayo’s starts National Chimichanga Day.
How to Celebrate
The most obvious (and most obviously delicious) way to celebrate is to head out to your local Macayo’s and grab a chimichanga at the place where it all began. If you’re not within driving distance of a Macayo’s (and we feel for you), the dish has become so ubiquitous, you’d be hard-pressed not to find one.
We can’t all be lucky enough to live near a Macayo’s so, for those of us who can’t experience a chimi directly from the source, making one at home is a good alternative. Assemble your favorite burrito-making ingredients, heat up that frying oil, and recreate the iconic moment when the two came together.
Why We Love It
The chimichanga turns 75 this year and National Chimichanga Day gives us all a reason (like we needed one?) to celebrate this iconic dish.
If Macayo’s founder hadn’t accidentally dropped a burrito in the fryer and given the result a taste, we might not have this staple of Mexican food today.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the chimichanga, Macayo’s has planned events and promotions designed to bring the Phoenix community together around their favorite deep-fried dish.