May 30, 2007

Chimichanga with Pinto Beans

Chimichanga is a deep fried burrito usually stuffed with rice, beans, vegetables and cheese. Wiki says “According to a legend, Monica Flin, who started the restaurant El Charro in 1922, accidentally dropped a burrito into the deep fat fryer. She immediately began to utter a Spanish curse-word, but quickly edited herself to say chimichanga, the Spanish equivalent of thingamajig.
Instead of deep frying my chimis, I baked them and I have to say that I didn’t miss the fat or the calories in the baked version.

Ingredients:
Dried pinto beans – 1 cup (or 1 can)
Salsa – ½ cup (home made or store bought)
Lime juice – 1tbsp
Cheddar cheese – 1 cup (I used reduced fat cheddar and monterey jack blend)
Salt and pepper – to taste
Flour tortillas – 5

Method:

  • Cook the beans (pressure cooker makes life easy here, but canned beans are far better). Mash the beans and let them cool.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Combine beans, salsa, cheese, lime juice, salt and pepper in a bowl. Spread the bean mixture on one half of a tortilla, tuck the tortilla over the mixture; fold the sides; roll the tortilla to make a wrap. (Use a toothpick to tuck the loose end if needed.)
  • Arrange them on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray (cover the sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up).
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes per side or until the chimis are golden brown on all sides.
Serve warm with guacamole, salsa and sour cream.

7 comments:

  1. wow lovely recipe, looks yummy and seems pretty easy to make.

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  2. We LOVE Chimichangas.Store bought ones are always fatty but it's easy to make them at home.
    I love the 'thnigamagiq',didn't know that:))

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  3. I love this stuff....never tried baking them. I usually shallow fry them in Pam....they still turn out great.

    looking good!

    trupti

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  4. Pavani,
    I love these and baking them instead of shallow frying them makes me want to try them sometime soon. Nice....Nice...

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  5. Hi Pavani,
    Creative idea my dear, I never try this.....But try on this Sunday..........Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    Keep in touch.:)))))))00
    ..........(@U@)..........

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  6. Nice recipe, thanks for sharing.

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  7. Hey, Pavani, I like the baked version. Will give it a try !

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