Baked Chimichanga – The Easy Way

Baked Chimichanga – The Easy Way

Chimichanga

Baked Chimichanga smothered in sour cream and topped with jalapenos.

Chimichangas are one of my favorite Mexican dishes.  What is a chimichanga?  In my opinion it’s a fried burrito that Mexican restaurants serve either plain with sides of cheese and sour cream or smothered in some sort of green sauce. I prefer it plain and top it with cheese and sour cream myself.  When I make it at home I like to melt the cheese then smother it with salsa and sometimes guacamole too.

When I have time I make my own filling of shredded or ground beef and roll it in a burrito which I then fry.  But lately since I’ve been babysitting my son’s 16 month old twins time is something I have very little of.  So I look for easier ways to make dinner.  This version is made using frozen burritos.  I know, it’s probably not the healthiest meal, but it tastes good and is filling, and some days that will have to do.

Chimichanga

Baja Cafe Brand

You could make a healthier version by using the organic or all natural brands sold at some grocery and health food stores.  My local grocery store doesn’t stock them and I really don’t have the time to drive to the Wholefoods that’s almost an hour away.  So for us the Baja Cafe brand will have to do.  I do have to add that it’s quite cheap, the bag of 8 burritos cost less than $5.

I used the spicey beef burrito, but you can use any type of frozen burrito you prefer, there’s quite a variety out there.

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Mexican Fiesta Tomatoes

Instead of salsa I topped my burritos with diced tomatoes, the Mexican Fiesta flavor.  I like to use flavored tomatoes for some things as it’s seasoned and I don’t have to fuss with adding my own.  You can also use Rotel or any other brand of diced tomatoes, just remember to spice it up if you’re using just plain ones.

See this meal is pretty simple, it basically has just 3 ingredients.  The third is shredded cheese, preferably the Mexican Blend.

For toppings you can add sour cream, guacamole, and jalapenos.  I know why you may ask would I bother to do all this to a frozen burrito.  The answer is simple, it looks and tastes better than a microwaved burrito!

It doesn’t take that much time to prepare and can be prepped earlier in the day, just don’t bake it until you need to serve it.  The prep time is about 15 minutes, I throw it together when the twins are napping and keep it in the fridge until 30 minutes before dinner.  Pop it in the oven and 20 minutes late I have a nice tasty and filling meal.  If you want to get fancy you can serve it with Spanish rice or refried beans on the side.

Baked Chimichanga
Baked Chimichanga
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Dressed up frozen burritos. Topped with diced tomatoes and melted cheese, this dish is very tasty and filling.
Servings Prep Time
3 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Baked Chimichanga
Baked Chimichanga
Print Recipe
Dressed up frozen burritos. Topped with diced tomatoes and melted cheese, this dish is very tasty and filling.
Servings Prep Time
3 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Fry burritos in oil until they are golden brown.
  2. Drain fried burritos on paper towel and arrange in a baking pan.
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  3. Pour can of diced tomatoes over the burritos.
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  4. Sprinkle Cheese over tomatoes.
  5. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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  6. Plate 1-2 pieces and top with sour cream, guacamole, and jalapenos if desired.
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Recipe Notes

You can thaw out the burritos before frying if you prefer, or you can fry them frozen.  Just be careful when frying frozen burritos, the oil tends to splatter.

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Italian Beef Hoagie – Yum!

Italian Beef Hoagie – Yum!

 

Beef

Easy crockpot recipe for this tasty Italian Beef Hoagie.

The holidays are here!  That means most of us are busy, busy, busy!  This time of year planning and preparing daily family meals becomes yet another chore tacked on to our list of daily chores.  I try to make my life easier and my family fed by having ready to serve or easy to prepare ingredients on hand.  One of our family favorites is this Italian Beef Hoagie.

I make beef filling in the crockpot, so it cooks even if I’m out shopping.  I use a large roast so that there will be lots of left overs to save for another day.  It keeps for several days in the fridge, in fact the flavor gets better with age, just like beef stew!  Or I can freeze it and heat it up when I’m ready to throw a sandwich together.

I usually pick up a loaf or two of french rolls on my way home for these hoagies, or if I have time I bake my own bread using Bridgeford frozen bread dough.  Served with soup or salad this hoagie makes a delicious and hearty meal.

Ingredients:

3-4 pound chuck roast
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 can Rotel – Italian flavored if you can find it
1 can Beef Broth
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 cup Peperoncini
1/2 cup Roasted Red Peppers
1/4 cup pimiento
Jalapenos to taste – I usually don’t add this to the crockpot because my baby grandchildren have this too.  I can spice things up, but I can’t unspice them, so we add the jalapenos when we assemble the sandwich.
Crusty rolls
Provolone Slices or other cheese slices

Directions:

Place all ingredients except bread and cheese into crockpot.

Cook for 4-6 hours or until beef is falling apart.

Using 2 forks shred the beef.

You can now cool it off and store or make sandwiches.

Sandwich assembly:

BeefIf beef is cold, remove any solidified fat and warm it up a bit.

Split roll in half, but don’t cut thru.

Place one slice of cheese on the bread.

Add desired amount of beef, spoon some sauce over it.

Place another slice of cheese on the beef.

Add more pepperoncini, roasted red peppers, and jalapenos if desired.

Place sandwich on parchment covered sheet and broil on high until cheese melts. and bread starts to toast around the edges.

Remove from oven and serve.

You can serve this with a small bowl of the sauce (heated up) for dipping.  Yummy!

 

Italian Beef Hoagie
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A hearty meal that's so easy to make. The beef is prepared in a crockpot so it soaks in the seasoning. This is one recipe you will want to make ahead of time or make extra for left overs, the longer it sits in it's juices the tastier it gets.
Servings Prep Time
6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4-6 Hours 4-6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4-6 Hours 4-6 Hours
Italian Beef Hoagie
Print Recipe
A hearty meal that's so easy to make. The beef is prepared in a crockpot so it soaks in the seasoning. This is one recipe you will want to make ahead of time or make extra for left overs, the longer it sits in it's juices the tastier it gets.
Servings Prep Time
6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4-6 Hours 4-6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4-6 Hours 4-6 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
Cooking Directions
  1. Place all ingredients except bread and cheese into crockpot.
  2. Cook for 4-6 hours or until beef is falling apart.
  3. Using 2 forks shred the beef.
  4. You can now cool it off and store or make sandwiches. If you are storing it be sure to store the beef in it's liquid. You can reheat the liquid to use for dipping.
Assembly
  1. If beef is cold, remove any solidified fat and warm it up a bit.
  2. Split roll in half, but don't cut thru.
  3. Place one slice of cheese on the bread.
  4. Add desired amount of beef, spoon some sauce over it.
  5. Place another slice of cheese on the beef.
  6. Add more pepperoncini, roasted red peppers, and jalapenos if desired.
  7. Place sandwich on parchment covered sheet and broil on high until cheese melts. and bread starts to toast around the edges.
  8. Remove from oven and serve.
Recipe Notes

You can serve this with a small bowl of the sauce (heated up) for dipping. Yummy!Beef

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