Beef Chimichangas Recipe

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Beef Chimichangas- a week night meal the whole family will enjoy!

Beef Chimichangas filled with a ground beef/refried bean mixture seasoned with chili powder, cumin, and oregano, rolled up and fried until crispy, and covered with cheese and jalapeno tomato sauce tastes so much better than restaurant chimichangas. They are sure to be a family favorite.

Beef Chimichangas - a weeknight meal the whole family will enjoy!

In fact, this is the recipe my son requests more than any other. I don’t make these Beef Chimichangas often since they are fried, but every now and then I’ll make them when we are craving some Mexican food, but it’s not a convenient night to go out to eat.

Plus, cooking chimichangas at home is much more economical than going out to eat.

Beef Chimichangas - a weeknight meal the whole family will enjoy.

Sometimes I make the filling and sauce ahead of time and then all that is left to do is roll them up and fry them. Super easy meal.

Serve with this Mexican Rice for a meal that rivals any Mexican restaurant.

Beef Chimichangas - a weeknight meal the whole family will enjoy!

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These ground beef Chimichangas are sure to become a family favorite. Filled with a ground beef/refried bean mixture, fried until crispy, and topped with a jalapeno tomato sauce.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (15-ounce) can refried beans
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can green chilies
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 8 (10-inch) tortillas
  • wooden toothpicks
  • 1½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese or Colby Jack
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cilantro and sour cream for garnish
  1. Brown ground beef in a nonstick skillet. breaking it apart with a wooden spoon as it cooks. When it is about halfway cooked, add onion.
  2. Once onion is softened and beef is cooked, add garlic, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Stir to mix and cook 30 seconds.
  3. Add refried beans and ½ cup tomato sauce from the 8-ounce can. Save leftover tomato sauce to add to sauce.
  4. Stir to mix and remove from heat.
  5. In a medium saucepan, combine remaining tomato sauce from 8-ounce can plus the 15-ounce tomato sauce. Add the green chilies and jalapeno. Place over medium heat to warm.
  6. If tortillas are not very pliable, heat in microwave for about 20 seconds covered with a damp paper towel.
  7. Place about ⅓ cup filling towards one side of a tortilla. Fold over the side nearest the filling to cover the filling. Fold in the two sides and roll up. Secure with toothpicks. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  8. Heat about 2 inches of oil to 375 degrees in a Dutch oven (or whatever type of pan you like to fry in).
  9. Fry 2 chimichangas at a time, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
  10. Top chimichangas with cheese, sauce, sour cream,and cilantro.
The filling can be made a day ahead of time and refrigerated. Just microwave it to warm it up before using.

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25 thoughts on “Beef Chimichangas Recipe

  1. I was looking around for recipes that I have never made before and came accross this one. It is amazing! My husband is not very fond of re-fried beans but he loved them in this Chimichanga. Afterwords he told me that Chimi’s are the only mexican he likes, and he thought these were better than restaurants! Thank you so much for introducing me to something new that I can make again! Made the rice to and it is great! I will be visiting your site often!

    1. That makes me so happy that you and your husband enjoyed the chimichangas so much Holly! My son is always asking me to make these. I think the refried beans are just perfect in them. They make the chimichangas taste a little creamy. Hope you enjoy many more of my recipes!

  2. Just made these and not sure what all the sauce is for? I just put it in the fridge, we will have spaghetti tomorrow but it tasted good otherwise! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. My husband and son love Beef Chimichangas, we have a local fast food restaurant and they stop every Saturday. Now we can make our own during the week.

  4. I love chimichangas especially with a strawberry maragarita! I can never seem to finish them whenever I’m at a Mexican restaurant. Must be all those chips. πŸ™‚

  5. I have been craving a chimichanga from my favorite Mexican restaurant, but I’ve been trying to be so good about eating out. Now I can be good AND still have a chimichanga! πŸ˜€ Christin you are awesome I am pinning this right now.

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