Indulge in the savory goodness of Beef and Cheese Chimichanga, a delightful Mexican dish that combines the richness of ground beef, refried beans, and gooey cheddar cheese. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the ingredients, the step-by-step cooking process, and share some insights and FAQs to enhance your culinary experience.


Let’s start with a glance at the essential components:

Ground beef 1 pound
Refried beans 16 ounces
Finely chopped onion 1/2 cup
Tomato sauce (divided) 24 ounces (3 cans, 8 ounces each)
Chili powder 2 teaspoons
Minced garlic 1 teaspoon
Ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon
Flour tortillas (10 inches) 12
Chopped green chilies 4 ounces
Chopped jalapeno peppers 4 ounces
Oil for deep-fat frying As needed
Shredded cheddar cheese 1 1/2 cups


Follow these simple steps to create a culinary masterpiece:

  1. Cooking the Beef: In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Adding Flavors: Stir in the refried beans, chopped onion, 1/2 cup of tomato sauce, chili powder, minced garlic, and ground cumin.
  3. Assembling the Chimichangas: Spoon about 1/3 cup of the beef mixture off-center on each tortilla. Fold the edge nearest the filling up and over to cover. Fold in both sides and roll up, fastening with toothpicks.
  4. Preparing the Sauce: In a large saucepan, combine the chopped green chilies, jalapeno peppers, and the remaining tomato sauce. Heat through.
  5. Frying to Perfection: In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat 1 inch of oil to 375°. Fry the chimichangas for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes on each side or until browned.
  6. Final Touch: Drain the chimichangas on paper towels, then sprinkle generously with shredded cheddar cheese. Serve with the prepared sauce.


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