Cook's Hideout: Chimichanga with Pinto Beans

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.

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


  • 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.


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

  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:))

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

    looking good!


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

  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

  6. Nice recipe, thanks for sharing.

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


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