Beef Chimichanga

This Beef Chimichanga recipe has the Loon’s name written all over it.  This has been a favorite dish of Wesley’s ever since he was a young child.  I don’t make them that often, but when I do, boy, oh boy, is he a happy Loon.  I must admit, they are pretty amazingly delicious.  I’ve been working on this recipe for many years, and the Loon says it is perfect, just the way it is. I concur.

beef chimichanga recipe

The ingredients are simple and classic Tex-Mex with this beef chimichanga. Flour tortillas are the classic way to go and fry up beautifully. Fold them enough so they’ll stay in place as you carefully lower them into the hot oil

beef chimichanga recipe

The homemade chili con carne sauce is easy to prepare but really makes these chimichangas come to life! Add the lettuce, scallions, and cheese, and you’ve got something truly special on your hands.

beef chimichanga recipe

Top them with some homemade guacamole and salsa and you’ll have a perfect Beef Chimichanga on your hands. You and your guests will yell ‘Ole!’ Every time I bite into one of these babies, I remember why The Loon loves them so much!

beef chimichanga recipe

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Now, let’s make this amazing Beef Chimichanga recipe!

Beef Chimichanga
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This Beef Chimichanga recipe is authentic and just exploding with flavor. You could opt for baking these, but I think giving a quick fry in hot oil gives the perfect crunch to this unforgettable dish. Truly one of the Loon's all-time favorites!
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Serves: 4 - 6
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 15.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz. can red kidney beans, drained
  • 6 large flour tortillas
  • 1 cup iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 6 oz. cheddar, shredded
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Guacamole, for garnish
  • ½ cup sour cream, for garnish
  • 1 tomatoes, seeded and chopped, for garnish
  2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large pan and brown the meat, breaking it up as it cooks.
  3. Drain the excess grease.
  4. Sprinkle on the cumin, chili powder, oregano, pinch of salt and pepper, sugar, garlic powder and flour.
  5. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the tomatoes and their liquid and simmer for 25 minutes.
  7. Add the drained kidney beans and cook for another 5 minutes.
  9. Heat the tortillas briefly in microwave or oven, until soft and pliable.
  10. Place two heaping tablespoons of chili con carne on the center of each tortilla.
  11. Top with lettuce, scallions and cheese.
  12. Fold in the sides to make a parcel, making sure all the filling is enclosed.
  13. Heat about 1 inch of oil in a large frying pan and when hot, lower in the chimichangas, folded side down first.
  14. Cook 2 to 4 at a time, depending on the size of the pan.
  15. Cook for 3 minutes and carefully turn over and cook another 3 minutes.
  16. Using a slotted spoon, remove to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with remaining chimichangas.
  17. Spoon the guacamole over the top of each and drizzle over the sour cream
  18. Sprinkle on the chopped tomato and serve at once.
  19. Enjoy!



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