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Awesome Beef and Bean Chimichangas Recipe

This fast and easy dinner recipe is also delicious and spicy, and you can make it if you want to heat up your dinner table tonight and serve something new for your family to enjoy. If you are tight on money one weekend evening but want some really good and spicy Mexican food without going to a restaurant, why not try our chimichangas for the result you are dreaming of without spending much at all on ingredients. These are so delicious and have just the right amount of spice to satisfy your craving for an authentic Mexican meal.

Ground beef, ground cumin, Monterey Jack cheese, chili powder, garlic salt, bell pepper, taco sauce, whole kernel corn, refried beans, chopped onions, and 8 large flour tortillas are all you need to make this wonderful dish and perhaps you already have these ingredients in the store cupboard and refrigerator. Prepare and cook the chimichangas according to our easy-to-follow directions, and then you can top then with chopped lettuce (iceberg is good), tomato, a dollop of sour cream and guacamole. Add extra hot sauce or salsa too if desired.

Additionally, a side of refried beans and Mexican rice would go nicely for this scrumptious meal. You might want to serve a basket of crisp, lightly salted corn tortilla chips with bowls of hot queso, salsa, and guacamole to set the stage for this magnificent Mexican platter of beef and bean chimichangas. In fact, the only thing missing might be the mariachi band! Take a bite, close your eyes and you could be in your favorite Mexican restaurant.

Chimichangas are famed for their crunchy outside and flavorful filling inside. As the story goes, a Mexican cook accidentally dropped a filled tortilla wrap into hot oil and uttered ‘chimichanga!’ which is not a cuss word but she used it in place of one. Once she realized how good this brand new snack tasted, the word soon became a well-known one and the snack soon became a well-loved Mexican snack, something found on Mexican restaurant menus all over the world and also something you can rustle up in your own home to feed a hungry family on a busy weeknight.

Beef Chimichangas with Beans and Corn
Summary: The hearty filling for these chimichangas includes ground beef, refried beans, corn, cheese, and more. They are filled then baked until golden brown and totally delicious.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 16 oz shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¾ cup diced green bell pepper
  • 2 cups taco sauce
  • 1½ cups whole kernel corn
  • 16 oz refried beans
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 diced tomato
  • Shredded lettuce, to serve
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Drain off the fat, then add the onion, bell pepper, and corn.
  4. Cook for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender then stir in the taco sauce.
  5. Season with garlic salt, chili powder and cumin, stirring until blended.
  6. Cook until heated through.
  7. Spread a thin layer of beans on to each tortilla and spoon the beef mixture down the center.
  8. Add shredded cheese and roll up the tortillas.
  9. Arrange them seam-side down on a baking sheet and brush with melted butter.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown, then serve with shredded lettuce and diced tomato.

Photo Description:

These chimichangas are wonderful and if you usually avoid them because they are deep-fried you will be delighted to see this recipe is for baked chimichangas, so you will get all the crunch without much fat. These can be garnished with lettuce and tomato or else take inspiration from the photo and you will see the cheese and salsa topping we have added looks tempting too, while the salad on the side adds nutrients and balances out the dish. Two chimichangas per person works well if you are having a side dish too.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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