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

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.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 717kcal
Author Christin Mahrlig

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

The filling can be made a day ahead of time and refrigerated. Just microwave it to warm it up before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 717kcal