Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cheesy Chimichangas

I always see people talk about chimichangas, but I've never actually had one. Then I saw this recipe so I wanted to see what it was all about. The only problem...was that it reminded me of a burrito or an enchilada. So maybe perhaps these weren't "authentic" and I'm missing something, but either way they were still pretty tasty!

Cheesy Chimichangas-shared from Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
1 lb ground turkey
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion diced
1 1/2 tbsp cumin
1 4 oz can diced green chilis(omitted)
2 tsp oregano
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8-10 flour tortillas

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Brown turkey and onions. Drain.  Add in spices, tomatoes, sauce and chilis. Let simmer for 10 mins or until thickened. Turn off heat and stir in cheese until melted.

Place a 1/4-1/2 cup of mixture down the center of tortilla. Roll up and place in baking dish. Continue until all filling/tortillas are used. Spray tops with cooking spray and bake for 25 mins.

**These were pretty good, but nothing super special to me! K liked them, but they bordered too spicy for me. I was glad that I didn't have that extra can of chilis as it was spicy enough! I felt like it was missing something...but not sure what!


  1. I think a chimichanga is basically a burrito that has been fried (or in this case, baked). A burrito is closed at one or both ends (but not cooked after it is filled), and an enchilada is open at both ends and usually has a sauce over it before cooking it. That's my understanding of them, anyway, but I don't know how accurate that is.

    I like to make these (similar to your recipe), only I brush the filled tortillas with butter instead of pan spray. They seem flakier and more flavorful that way.

  2. Authentic would be deep frying the filled burrito. Otherwise, it's just a baked burrito - but I love almost anything that contains cheese and chilies, so I would be good. :-)

  3. I bake mine as well...I hardly EVER fry anything! I enjoy your blog and have awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award! You can check it out here Participate if you have the time!