Off the Beaten Plate: Dulce de leche chimichanga at Tres Mexicanos

The dulce de leche chimichanga at Tres Mexicanos, 1800 E. 23rd St. (Suite H)

The dulce de leche chimichanga at Tres Mexicanos, 1800 E. 23rd St. (Suite H) by Joanna Hlavacek

You’re likely to find a chimichanga — basically a deep-fried burrito — at almost any Mexican restaurant in town. What’s a little more off the beaten plate (ahem) is Tres Mexicanos’ sweet reworking of the Tex-Mex favorite, which in this case involves dulce de leche. So, yum.

Dulce de leche is, at its most basic form, sweetened milk that’s been slowly simmered until it reaches caramelized heaven. So, while it’s not technically the same kind of caramel we might drizzle over sundaes or find in a Russell Stover box, the dairy-based treat resembles it quite a bit in taste, texture and appearance.

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At Tres Mexicanos, flour tortillas are stuffed with rich, caramel-y dulce de leche, deep-fried and then cut into gooey-on-the-inside, crunchy-on-the-outside little morsels.

It’s served with vanilla ice cream and a liberal dusting of rainbow sprinkles.

Where to get it: Tres Mexicanos, 1800 E. 23rd St., Suite H

What you’ll pay: $4.99

Try it with: Just go ham and order yourself a traditional chimichanga. You can never have enough fried Mexican goodness.

Also on the menu: Plenty of south-of-the-border favorites like enchiladas, tacos, burritos, quesadillas and tostadas, plus a few soups and salads. Tres Mexicanos also offers a raspberry chimichanga as well as more traditional Mexican desserts like sopapillas and flan.

— Off The Beaten Plate highlights some of the more exotic, oddly named or inventively concocted dishes from local menus. Know of an offbeat item we should check out? Email reporter Joanna Hlavacek at jhlavacek@ljworld.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/hlavacekjoanna.

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