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.

Chimichanga with Pinto Beans
Chimichanga with Pinto Beans
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Servings Prep Time
5 serving 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 serving 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Chimichanga with Pinto Beans
Chimichanga with Pinto Beans
Yum
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
5 serving 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 serving 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pinto beans Dried (or 1 can)
  • ½ cup Salsa (home made or store bought)
  • 1 tbsp Lime juice
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese (I used reduced fat cheddar and monterey jack blend)
  • to taste Salt pepper and
  • 5 Flour tortillas
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Cook the beans (pressure cooker makes life easy here, but canned beans are far better). Mash the beans and let them cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. 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.)
  4. Arrange them on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray (cover the sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up).
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes per side or until the chimis are golden brown on all sides.
  6. Serve warm with guacamole, salsa and sour cream.
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0 thoughts on “Chimichanga with Pinto Beans”

  1. 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:))

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

    looking good!

    trupti

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

  4. 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
    ……….(@[email protected])……….

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