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Manx-Mex Chronicles: Chapter Nine: Un Burrito at Chango’s

Tortilla chips and salsa, chili con carne, and fajitas are now typical European bar food. Rare is the English pub that doesn’t serve “nachos.” The influence of Tex-Mex on world cuisine fascinates us here at Texas Eats. So when our correspondent, Julia Walsh, moved to Manchester, England in January 2017, we asked her to chronicle Tex-Mex influences on the local English fare. Here is her latest report:


I recently went for a pub crawl night with a few friends. After our first few drinks, we were properly buzzed and walking along the sidewalk when we were struck with the sudden hunger a night of drinking will bring. We meandered past a place called Chango’s Burrito Bar and I convinced them to accompany me inside to check it out.

Chango’s is a build-your-own burrito place in the style of Freebird’s or Chipotle back in Texas. You choose a receptacle (burrito, salad, tacos, etc) and your desired fillings and receive a tasty, custom masterpiece at the end. They had an impressive selection of sauces/salsas, as well as the normal meat (or non-meat), filling choices. I chose to fill my burrito with chicken, white rice, black beans, cheese, and pico de gallo instead of sauce.


I was very happy with the resulting burrito, and I promise I wasn’t just hungry or drunk – it tasted just like a burrito built back at home.


Post Script: My dad says burritos are Cal-Mex, they came from the Sonoran wheat-growing area of Mexico and migrated to California and Arizona. But they are lumped into the Tex-Mex category by many Americans and most Europeans, so we decided to include this.

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