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.
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.
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.
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- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 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
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese or Colby Jack
- Vegetable oil
- Cilantro and sour cream for garnish
- 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.
- Once onion is softened and beef is cooked, add garlic, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Stir to mix and cook 30 seconds.
- Add refried beans and 1/2 cup tomato sauce from the 8-ounce can. Save leftover tomato sauce to add to sauce.
- Stir to mix and remove from heat.
- 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.
- If tortillas are not very pliable, heat in microwave for about 20 seconds covered with a damp paper towel.
- Place about 1/3 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.
- Heat about 2 inches of oil to 375 degrees in a Dutch oven (or whatever type of pan you like to fry in).
- Fry 2 chimichangas at a time, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
- 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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