Beef Chimichangas with Pico De Gallo, Guacamole & Sour Cream
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Beef Chimichangas with Pico De Gallo, Guacamole & Sour Cream

It all began with the hubby hearing the word 'chimichanga' on the series 'Two and a half men'. his interest was definitely piqued. I had always known what a chimichanga was, but never actually made it myself. this recipe is a baked version, so no unhealthy fried stuff!

Nirmala Prem

Ingredients

4-serving
  1. 350 Grams beef lean mince
  2. 2 Cloves garlic
  3. 1 Teaspoon paprika smoked
  4. salt
  5. pepper
  6. oil
  7. 2 Cups refried beans canned (mashed)
  8. 1 Cup pepperjack cheese , shredded
  9. 1 Tablespoon oil
  10. salt
  11. pepper
  12. 1/2 white onion chopped
  13. 1 Cup bell peppers chopped
  14. 1 Cup salsa roja
  15. 1/4 Teaspoon oregano dried
  16. salt
  17. 1/2 Cup parsley chopped
  18. 1/2 Cup jalapeno peppers chopped
  19. 1/2 Cup white onion chopped
  20. 1/2 Cup tomato chopped
  21. salt
  22. pepper
  23. 2 Avocados ripe
  24. salt
  25. 1/2 Cup pico de gallo
  26. 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  27. 8 flour tortillas (large ones, for burritos)
  28. 1 Cup sour cream
  29. 1 Cup pepperjack cheese , shredded

Method

40 mins
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    To prepare the ground beef filling, heat the oil in a skillet. saute the garlic. add the beef mince and break it up with so it browns evenly. season with salt, pepper and paprika. set aside.

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    For the refried bean mash, heat loil in a large pan and all the refried beans. mix it around till it becomes smooth. add the pepperjack cheese and mix well. check for seasoning and add salt n pepper as required. set aside.

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    For pico de gallo, mix all the ingredients well and season as necessary. set aside.

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    For guacamole, mash the avocado flesh till smooth. add the pico de gallo, lime juice and salt as required and mix thoroughly. set aside.

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    For vegetable filling, heat oil in a frying pan and sautee the onion. add the chopped bell peppers and season with salt and oregano. when the peppers are almost cooked, add the salsa roja and cook on medium heat till the sauce thickens. set aside.

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    To prepare the chimichangas, first preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. lightly grease a baking dish with oil. set aside.

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    Heat the flour tortillas on a griddle, just till lightly toasted and pliable. place the heated tortillas in a casserole dish wrapped in tea towels (so they don't lose moisture and become brittle).

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    To assemble, lay a tortilla on your worktop. place a thin layer of the refried beans in the center, and top it with a spoonful of the cooked beef. top it off with the vegetable filling and shredded pepperjack cheese.

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    Next, fold the tortillas, first the two sides inwards, and then the top and bottom so as to make an envelope. dont fold it too tight or it will burst while being baked, leave some room for steam to form.

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    Next, place the chimichangas seam side down in the greased baking dish. brush lightly with oil all over.

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    Bake in the prehaeted oven for about 20 minutes, till the chimichangas are crisp and golden brown.

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    Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. serve with pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream on the side. enjoy!!

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