Updated: Aug 17, 2020
Mexican food is and will always be one of favorite types of food! There are so many recipes that are already on my blog including shrimp tacos, enchiladas, tostadas and now chimichangas. I fell in love with chimichangas after having them for the first time at a Mexican restaurant near my home about 6 years ago. They incorporate refried beans in their chimichangas and I loved it and haven't ordered another dish off the menu since because they are just that good. I wanted to recreate them at home so below is my recipe for Cheesy Beef Chimichangas.
1 pound of ground beef or ground turkey
1/2 of a white onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
1 can of refried beans
2 teaspoons of chili powder
1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
2 can of green chiles, chopped
3 cans of tomato sauce
2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese (Cheddar Jack)
Heat two tablespoons of oil in a skillet. Add onions and garlic and cook until translucent.
Add ground beef or ground turkey and cook until the meat is brown and crumbled.
Add chili powder, cumin, 1/2 of the green chiles and refried beans and 1/2 cup of tomato sauce.
Spoon about 1/3 cup of meat mixture in the center of a tortilla. Sprinkle a bit of cheese on top of the meat mixture.
Fold edge nearest filling up and over filling, until the mixture is covered. Fold in the opposite sides of tortilla to center; roll up. Secure with toothpicks at each corner of the tortilla.
Pour oil to the depth of 1 inch into a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven Heat to 375 degrees.
Fry each chimichangas 2 minutes or until golden brown. Fry on each side so the entire chimichangas are brown.
Sauce for chimichangas (optional)
2 cans of tomato sauce
1/2 can of green chiles
**** Video tutorial is on my YouTube page Spilling the Sweet Tea and my IG page @spilling_the_sweet_tea***
Combine tomato sauce and green chiles in a sauce pan until heated. Spoon over fried chimichangas and top with cheese. Brown under a broiler to melt the cheese.
Serve with sour cream, salsa and avocado. Enjoy!