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Went out for Mexican last night, it was pretty damn sweet. Anyway I ordered myself a 'chimichanga' and I swear that **** was just a burrito, what's the difference? And an enchilada is just a longer more elongated burrito (which in turn is a chimichanga) with cheese on top. I mean, why the the different terms?! Plus my chimichanga burrito experience was more expensive than the other two options for seemingly no difference.

 

Please wise forum dwellers enlighten me the difference.

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Went out for Mexican last night, it was pretty damn sweet. Anyway I ordered myself a 'chimichanga' and I swear that **** was just a burrito, what's the difference? And an enchilada is just a longer more elongated burrito (which in turn is a chimichanga) with cheese on top. I mean, why the the different terms?! Plus my chimichanga burrito experience was more expensive than the other two options for seemingly no difference.

 

Please wise forum dwellers enlighten me the difference.

It's all similiar just prepared different which leads to the different names is how I have always pictured the situation. 

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tacos: hard shell

nachos: like doritos

burrito: wheat tortilla

enchilada: corn toritlla also usually baked and with grated cheese on top

chimichanga: deep fried burrito

quesadilla: tortilla cheese (filling optional) tortilla.

 

if I forgot one let me know. 

 

And come on son I am not even Mexican this is common knowledge :P

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tacos: hard shell

nachos: like doritos

burrito: wheat tortilla

enchilada: corn toritlla also usually baked and with grated cheese on top

chimichanga: deep fried burrito

quesadilla: tortilla cheese (filling optional) tortilla.

 

if I forgot one let me know. 

 

And come on son I am not even Mexican this is common knowledge :P

This is a great thread, and this is a fantastic answer. I've asked this at Mexican restuarants and never had a satisfactory explanation.

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tacos: hard shell

nachos: like doritos

burrito: wheat tortilla

enchilada: corn toritlla also usually baked and with grated cheese on top

chimichanga: deep fried burrito

quesadilla: tortilla cheese (filling optional) tortilla.

 

if I forgot one let me know. 

 

And come on son I am not even Mexican this is common knowledge :P

mexican confirmed

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They wrap it differently and call it something else.  A carni asad is basically a burrito in the style of a small taco. 

 

Carne Asada is marinated beef that has been grilled. Carne is Spanich for cow. Tacos Carne Asada is a grilled steak taco, that's what you are actually referring to, and you think it's a burrito because Mexicans wrap their tacos differently than we are used to, i.e. Taco Bell.

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Carne Asada is marinated beef that has been grilled. Carne is Spanich for cow. Tacos Carne Asada is a grilled steak taco, that's what you are actually referring to, and you think it's a burrito because Mexicans wrap their tacos differently than we are used to, i.e. Taco Bell.

LOL, I know what Carne Asada is.  I'm a big fan of Mexican food.  My response was simply an attention seeker. 

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