1. Local homemade tortillas
Most of us have our favorite tortilleria.
2. Chihuahuas and pit bulls
Arizonan animal shelters have the entire spectrum of both breeds.
3. Hot springs
We’ll hike for miles through the forest to soak in our own hidden bathing spot.
4. The Wild West
We keep shootout reenactments going and abandoned mining ghost towns alive.
5. Out of business mattress stores and new antique stores
There seem to be one of each on every corner.
6. Eegee’s frozen fruit drinks
Everyone looks forward to their favorite Flavor of the Month, and U of A students know that they all taste scrumptious with vodka.
Tucson school kids get two days off in February for Rodeo Week.
8. Law enforcement
Joe Arpaio and the Arizona Rangers — while that might be a great band name, those two entities are our two deepest fears.
We are in love with our vintage art deco signage, Airstreams, Modernism, and restoring historic adobes.
10. Biggggg vehicles
Much needed to see past all the other giant gas hogs on the highway.
11. The weather
We can tell you how hot or cold it is to the degree — and the chance of rain by the way the air smells.
12. El Jefe
We’d all love to be able to spot this elusive guy or the other two jaguars roaming through the Southern Arizona Sky Islands.
We basically drink it.
14. The origin of the chimichanga
That healthiest of foods may or may not have been the result of a happy accident by Monica Flin, the owner El Charro, in Tucson — the nation’s oldest Mexican restaurant. Rumor has it that Flin accidentally dropped a burrito into her deep-fryer in the early 1920s while she was cooking, and voila! Heart attack! Phoenix-based Woody Johnson, the owner of what’s now Macayo’s, claimed that same fortunate accident happened to him in 1946. Still, others claim the fried burrito is a traditional brainchild of Pima Native Americans and has been around for a long, long time. We don’t know for sure where it comes from, but we love eating chimichangas — and talking about them.
15. The Sonoran hot dog
Southern Arizonans are practically wedded to this special dog. Who wouldn’t fall in love with a hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with diced tomatoes, onions, beans, mayonnaise or crema, and mustard?