Monday, May 4, 2015


When I was in high school, I would eat out with my friend. She would order a chimichanga. I had never heard of a chimichanga before she ordered it. She told me it was a fried burrito. It sounded good but I still would order a hamburger. When I was young, my philosophy was why order anything but a hamburger. My philosophy now is to try new foods. I actually have never ordered a chimichanga in a restaurant. Since I like introducing different foods to the kids, I figured I would make some chimichangas. I hardly fry foods so the kids thought this was a nice treat.
Beef Chimichangas
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
1 tsp dried oregano leaves
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup pepper jack, shredded
8 (6 inch) flour tortillas
2 cups oil
toppings: sour cream, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, black olives, onions etc.

  1. In a large skillet, brown the meat over medium high heat.
  2. Drain the excess oil form the pan.
  3. Add the onions, garlic, jalapeno, oregano, pepper.
  4. Cook until the onions are tender.
  5. Spoon 1/4 cup of the meat mixture just shy of the center of each tortilla. 
  6. Top the meat with the cheese. 
  7. Fold in the sides almost touching.
  8. With the sides tucked in, roll the bottom up tightly to form a burrito.
  9. Refrigerate the chimichangas for 20 minutes.
  10. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. 
  11. Carefully, add the chimichangas. 
  12. Cook for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Remove from the oil and place onto a plate lined with paper towels. 
  14. Serve immediately with desired toppings.  
Recipe adapted from Kraft.

One year ago.........................I made Chicken Enchiladas.
Two years ago.......................I made Migas in a Taco Bowl.
Three years ago.....................I made Chicken Salad Roll Up.
Did you already know........................
-Chimichangas are a deep fried burrito.
-It can consist of meat, vegetables, and spices of choices.
-The creation of the chimichanga is unknown but believed to originate in Arizona.

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