Oven-Fried Beef Chimichangas

Oven-Fried Beef Chimichangas created by NELady

A good, simple alternative to deep-frying. I think I got this from OAM Cookbook years ago. Make sure the tortillas are room temperature or they will crack when you roll them. You can microwave the whole package for about 20 seconds to speed things up.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Brown beef in large skillet; drain, if necessary.
  • Add onions, garlic and salt, and cook until onions are soft.
  • Stir in refried beans and spices. Remove from heat.
  • Scoop 1/3 cup of meat filling a little off center on the tortilla.
  • Fold up edge closest to you over the filling.
  • Fold in each side and roll all the way.
  • Place on cookie sheet and repeat with all the tortillas.
  • Brush melted butter over the chimichangas making sure to get some on the bottom side as well.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown.
  • While the chimichangas are baking, heat the sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan. Keep warm.
  • Serve the chimichanga with the sauce drizzled over the top and sprinkle with cheese, if desired.
  • These can be frozen before baking and kept in a zip top bag. To reheat, let thaw in refrigerator overnight and bake as usual.
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"A good, simple alternative to deep-frying. I think I got this from OAM Cookbook years ago. Make sure the tortillas are room temperature or they will crack when you roll them. You can microwave the whole package for about 20 seconds to speed things up."

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  1. CJAY8248
    Great chimichangas!! I followed the instructions as written. I baked 4 and froze the rest. I didn't make the sauce but will next time. I'm sure I didn't roll them right this time but after seeing the photo I'll do better. The flavor was perfect. We enjoyed these as part of a mexican meal with beans and rice. Thanks for sharing. Made for PAC 2011.
  2. GoesbyMom
    These were great! Quick to make and everyone loved then. The only thing I changed was using black beans rather than the refried beans. We will be making them again
  3. NELady
    Oven-Fried Beef Chimichangas Created by NELady
  4. NoviceFreezerCook
    What a fantastically easy and delicious recipe! I made this pretty much exactly to recipe, and it was perfectly spicy for me. I baked some fresh and froze some. When I thawed and baked those, they were just as good as the fresh chimichangas. I was very pleasantly surprised! I actually only made 6, I froze the filling from the other 4 for the next time I make tacos, I think it will work wonderfully. Thank you for a fantastic, easy, OAMC recipe.
  5. NELady
    This was delicious. I made a couple of changes (had to use what was in the pantry). Instead of tomato sauce, I blended up a can of tomatoes. I added some salsa to the meat mixture. I used a whole onion instead of measuring out 1/2 cup. Also, I substituted whole wheat tortillas for regular white flour tortillas, and used olive oil instead of butter. After they were done baking to a crisp, I sprinkled medium cheddar cheese over the chimichangas and baked them for another three-five minutes (until the cheese was bubbling). Then I spooned the sauce over the top. Served with a green salad. It was simple to make, and a hit! They were VERY filling. Next time I will use the suggestion to freeze some of the chimichangas. Thanks for a super simple & tasty recipe! I will make this again.
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