Food of the Eighties, Old El Paso Chimichangas
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A chimichanga is basically a fried burrito. I THINK they were bean and cheese, pre-fried golden, and roughly eight inches in length by 2-3 inches wide, and two per package. Inside-out pack description: The packaging was the same unremarkable rectangular, paper-based, sort of "bowl" which contained the product. This was th en surrounded by a cellophane-like bag and finally encased in the standard sort of frozen food box with the Old El Paso colors & motifs. These were amazingly delicious and were a staple of my diet in the mid to late 1980's. They sold extremely well in the supermarket, so I don't know why they stopped making them. I think they were discontinued in the early '90's. I'd give a lot to taste one again as well as the ORIGINAL taste-formulas for Count Chocula & Cocoa Puffs cereals. They raped my childhood when they changed those.
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Charlie - February 26, 2014 - Report this comment
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Ryan - July 05, 2014 - Report this comment
I feel the same way about the original 80s Old El Paso Burrito Kit. The powder mix was so much better than today. Also the tortilla was much better too. I ate these weekly as a kid. I wish General Mills would go back to the original recipe. After they discontinued them I stopped buying the products.
Niok - March 16, 2017 - Report this comment
The frozen Old El Paso Beef and Bean Burritos and Chimichangas were the bomb! They should have never stopped making them. I wonder what would be a good substitute now?
SG - December 18, 2017 - Report this comment
The Old El Paso Beef & Bean burritos were also a staple for us and I will never get over them being discontinued. I liked that they were individually wrapped like you'd find at a 7-11. Now today if you want frozen burritos from the supermarket you have to buy a 10-pack & they taste awful. They had the BEST flavor, were cheap (way less than $1) and they were a great size. We'd have them as after school snacks as kids. The only ones I've found that are SOMEWHAT similar style are the ones from 7-11 (I get the Beef & Bean w/ Green Chile) BUT they're much bigger. They're so bad for you it's hard to justify buying them often which is why the smaller sized ones were nice & you could find them in any grocery store. I'm looking for a good substitute too but in the meantime, if you have a 7-11 nearby, give theirs a try & see what you think. Not the same but better than the ones I've found in the store. BRING THEM BACK OLD EL PASO! That was the only product we bought of yours!

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