Make-Ahead Chimichangas

Make these chimichangas any time and any way you want--now or later; made with beef, pork or chicken; and baked or fried.



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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 45 mins
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Ingredients
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    1   pound 
    cooked beef, pork, or chicken
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    1  16  ounce jar 
    salsa
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    1  16  ounce can 
    refried beans
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    1  4  ounce can 
    diced green chili peppers
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    1  1 1/4 - 1 1/2 ounce 
    envelope burrito or taco seasoning mix
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    16  7 - 8  inches 
    flour tortillas
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    16   ounces 
    Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese, cut into sixteen 5x1/2-inch sticks
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    Salsa (optional)
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    Dairy sour cream (optional)
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    Cooked rice (optional)
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    Cooking oil (optional)

Directions
1.
Using two forks, shred cooked meat or chicken (should have about 3 cups). In a large skillet combine meat or chicken, salsa, beans, undrained chili peppers, and seasoning mix. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through.
2.
In another skillet heat tortillas, one at a time, over medium-low heat about 30 seconds per side. For each chimichanga, place 1/3 cup meat mixture atop a tortilla, near one edge. Top with a cheese stick. Fold in sides; roll up, starting with cheese side.
3.
Bake, covered, in 350 degree F. oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes more or until heated through.
4.
Serve with salsa, dairy sour cream, and hot cooked rice, if desired. Makes 8 servings.
Make Ahead Tip
  • To freeze, place chimichangas in freezer containers. Seal, label, and freeze for up to 6 months.
Make Ahead Tip
  • To prepare, wrap frozen chimichangas individually in foil. Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 50 minutes or until heated through. (Or, thaw chimichangas in refrigerator overnight. Bake about 30 minutes.) Unwrap. Bake 10 minutes more or until tortilla is crisp and brown.
Make Ahead Tip
  • Or, heat about 1/4-inch depth of oil in a skillet. Cook desired number of frozen chimichangas, uncovered, in hot oil about 25 minutes (about 18 minutes if thawed) over medium-low heat or until golden, turning often.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 372, Fat, total (g) 22, chol. (mg) 51, carb. (g) 27, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 19, vit. A (RE) 195.74, vit. C (mg) 19.49, sodium (mg) 730, calcium (mg) 363.48, iron (mg) 3.6, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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