Poll: Vote On Your Choice for Arizona's Official State Food

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Chimichangas piled high.
In response to Macayo's petition drive to make the chimichanga Arizona's official state food, we've started our own list of suggestions.

Here's the list of other, and arguably more authentic, Arizona foods that we've come up with. We'd also love your input. Vote in our completely unscientific poll below.

Fry Bread

5. Fry Bread

We sort of liked this idea till we learned that South Dakota named fry bread (aka Indian fry bread) its official state bread in 2005. Shucks. The Navajo taco might be a better bet but even that one has suspect origins.

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L'itoi Onion bulbs

4. I'itoi Onion

The name's not as much fun to say as "chimichanga," but this little onion dates back to the 17th Century here in Arizona, and the Tohono O'Oodham tribe considers it sacred. Forthose of you with a green thumb, we've also read that they're pretty easy to grow.

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Prickly Pear

3. Prickly Pear Fruit
Researchers claim you can inhibit cancer and treat everything from diabetes to a hangover with the fruit of this cactus. We don't know about that, but we do enjoy prickly pear fruit syrup, jam and even vodka.

Indigenous Ingredients
2. Indigenous ingredients

Citrus may be one of the state's "5 C's" but Arizona can hardly claim it. If you really want to go native (or a lot closer), says Chow Bella contributor Erica O'Neil, go with "squash, beans and corn." O'Neil writes our "Taco the Town" column, but her day job is as an anthropologist. In other words, she knows her beans.

O'Neil explains: "The Hohokam used to grow all three in the same field because the corn would act as a stalk for the beans to climb up, and the squash would be at ground level. Don't forget mesquite bean flour, either! Pretty much anything Kai makes covers this."

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Sonoran Hotdog
1. Sonoran Hot Dog
Now, this one will be controversial (a la the chimichanga) in that no one's quite sure where it was invented. Some say northern Mexico, others southern Arizona. But just about everyone we spoke to in preparing this piece agreed that a bacon-wrapped hot dog out of a truck is a more authentic Arizona food experience than a chimi from a chain.

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Prickly Pear!  So versatile.....a vodka drink in the evening, and a hangover cure the next day. Perfection such as this is rarely seen.

Big Bad Dog
Big Bad Dog

 Desert Peyote that grows here  naturally in the desert should be the state food and cacti. if more people ate peyote there would be more friendly people and alot less violence and crime in this state.

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