Easy Ground Beef Chimichangas

Easy Ground Beef Chimichangas

chimichangaChimichangas are my favorite Mexican dish.  It’s always what I order at Mexican restaurants.  They are delicious!

You may be wondering what exactly are chimichangas.  It’s really nothing more than a deep fried burrito!  I’m not a burrito fan at all, but I’m definitely a chimichanga fan!

Actually you can turn just about any burrito into a chimichanga by simply frying it.  In fact I’ve deep fried frozen store bought burritos.  Of course they don’t taste as good as homemade, but they’ll do when you’re in a rush to get dinner on the table.

Now you can fill chimichangas with just about anything.  Shredded Beef, Chicken, or Pork seem to be the most popular filling.  But I’ve had seafood chimichangas as well as bean filled ones.  One of our family favorites are ground beef chimichangas.  They’re the easiest to make.

I serve them with shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole on the side.  Everyone can add their own toppings.  It goes great with Spanish Rice and Refried Beans.

Today I’m sharing my recipe.  Hope you love it!

Ground Beef Chimichanga

Makes 10

Ingredients:

1 lb. Lean Ground Beef

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

2 Tbs. Chili Powder

1 Tsp. Ground Cumin

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper

1 Tsp. Crushed Red Pepper flakes

1 Cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

10 Flour Tortillas, the 8″ size

Oil for frying

Toppings of your choice (salsa, sour cream, guacamole, etc.)

 

Directions:

Place beef in a pan over medium heat

Add all the spices and cook until beef is crumbly

Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheese

Place about 1/4 cup of beef filling on the middle of a tortilla, fold in ends and roll like a burrito

Repeat with remaining tortillas

Heat about 1″ of oil in a frying pan

Fry chimichangas until golden brown on all sides

Remove from oil and drain on paper towels

Serve hot

 

 

Ground Beef Chimichangas
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Instructions
  1. Place beef in a pan over medium heat
  2. Add all the spices and cook until beef is crumbly
  3. Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheese 
  4. Place about 1/4 cup of beef filling on the middle of a tortilla, fold in ends and roll like a burrito
  5. Repeat with remaining tortillas
  6. Heat about 1" of oil in a frying pan
  7. Fry chimichangas until golden brown on all sides
  8. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels Serve hot
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Hawaiian Style Hamburger Steak Recipe

Hawaiian Style Hamburger Steak Recipe

hawaiian style hamburger steakHawaiian Style Hamburger Steak, wow, sounds exciting doesn’t it? Well, it’s really nothing more than a beef patty smothered in brown gravy and served with a scoop or two of white rice.

But seriously Hamburger Steak is a staple at most of the local restaurants that sell “plate lunches”.  In Hawaii plate lunches are a local favorite.  It’s a serving of  meat, starch, and possibly a veggie, although in most cases it’s macaroni salad or “Mac Salad” as we fondly call it.

And Hamburger Steak is definitely a local fave.  I don’t think you can live on the islands without having it at least once.  It’s my husband’s favorite plate lunch.  That’s all he orders when we go to Zippy’s a local restaurant chain.

Really Hawaiian Style Hamburger Steak is literally a hamburger without the bun.  I’m thinking it’s because of our predominantly Asian and Pacific Islander population that the bun was replaced by white rice.  We all love our sticky white rice!

As I mentioned my husband loves his Hamburger Steak, I’m not a big fan.  I never order it!  But I don’t mind making it at home, I think my version tastes so much better! and probably less fatty.  I serve it with brown gravy, mashed potatoes, and fresh fruit or veggies.

Ingredients:

1 Lb. Lean Ground Beef

1 Tbs. Minced Garlic

1/2 Onion, finely minced

2 Tbs. Worchestershire Sauce

1/2 Tsp. Ground Cumin

1/4 Tsp. Sea Salt

1/4 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper

Brown Gravy

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except gravy in a large mixing bowl.

Mix very well.

Make patties.

Grill or fry patties until well done.

Make your favorite brown gravy or use the packaged powder and make it as directed on the package.

Serve with your choice of starch and veggies and cover the patty with brown gravy.

 

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  1. Combine all ingredients except gravy in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix very well.
  3. Make patties.
  4. Grill or fry patties until well done.
  5. Make your favorite brown gravy or use the packaged powder and make it as directed on the package.
  6. Serve with your choice of starch and veggies and cover the patty with brown gravy.
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Cinco de Mayo Easy Chili Recipe

Cinco de Mayo Easy Chili Recipe

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  I think many folks mistakenly think today is Mexico’s Independence Day, the most important national holiday in that country; but it’s not, that’s on September 16.  Cinco de Mayo is celebrated to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Puebla when the out numbered Mexican army triumphed over the better equipped French forces on May 5, 1862.

Cinco de Mayo is not observed as a national in Mexico although public schools are closed nationwide.   It is an official holiday in the State of Puebla  where the battle actually took place and the neighboring State of Veracruz. However in the United States it has been celebrated in California since 1863 and has spread to most of the other state since.  The day took on more significance in 2005 when Congress issued a Concurrent Resolution calling for the US President to issue a proclamation calling upon Americans to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  In short Cinco de Mayo is a much bigger deal in America than it is in Mexico where it is virtually ignored.

In the US the day is definitely embraced by commercial industries who capitalize on the day to advertise Mexican products with a particular emphasis on food, beverage, and music.  I’m sure you’ve seen national ad campaigns hawking beer and tortilla chips!  Not to mention most local eateries and bars roll out Cinco de Mayo specials starting the sometimes in the middle of April.

I’m all for a holiday when consuming abundant Mexican food and downing frozen margaritas is de rigueur, but I’m not much into standing in line for a table at my favorite Mexican restaurant.  We usually stay home on Cinco de Mayo and cook up a bit of Tex-Mex and whip up a pitcher of margaritas.

Cinco De Mayo Easy Chili Recipe This year I’m making some Chili.  I’m not really sure if Chili is an American or Mexican dish, the verdict is still out on that!  It does however supposedly have Spanish roots dating back from the time of Spanish conquistadors (according to some sources) and has been a staple in America’s Southwest since the days of wagon trains.  There are many myths and legends surrounding the origins of this spicy dish but it really doesn’t matter whether it’s Mexican, Tex-Mex, or whatever.  What is important is that many of us like it and it’s a good choice for Cinco de Mayo!

Traditionally Chili is made with beans, dried meat, and hot chili peppers that are all stewed in a pot for hours.  These days most of us don’t have the time or inclination to simmer Chili in a pot all day, although there are crockpot recipes you can use.   For me crockpot cooking takes too much forethought; I usually cook what I’m in the mood for on any particular day, so I need to have recipes that I can cook up quickly with ingredients I usually stock in my kitchen.  Chili is one of my staples, I almost always have the ingredients!  Actually my daughter Jaime used my recipe at a neighborhood Chili Cook-Off a few months ago and won!  Here’s my recipe!


Cinco de Mayo Easy Chili Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Onion, diced

2 Tbsp. Garlic, minced

1 Tbsp. Oil

1 Lb. Lean Ground Beef or Ground Turkey

1  Fresh Jalapeno or Habanero Pepper, diced

1 Can Dark Kidney Beans in water

1 Can Chili Bean in Chili sauce

1 Tsp. Ground Cumin

1 Tbsp. Ground Chili Powder

1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder

1 Can  Mexican Style Diced Stewed Tomatoes

Directions:

Heat oil in a large pot and saute onions and garlic until half cooked.

Add ground meat, spices, and peppers mix very well while cooking to break up large clumps of ground meat.  Cook until meat is crumbly.

Drain oil.

Drain water from Kidney Beans and add to meat mixture.

Add entire can of Chili Beans to meat mixture, DO NOT DRAIN.

Add can of Stewed Tomatoes and mix everything well.

Simmer on medium to medium low stove about 1/2 hour or until at least 1/3 of liquid evaporates.

Serve over rice or with corn bread, or use a a hot dog or burger topping!  Store leftovers in airtight containers in the fridge.  Reheat before use.  Like stew this Chili gets better as it “ages”, but don’t store it too long, no more than 2-3 day.  For longer storage place Chili in freezer safe containers and freeze.  It freezes very well and can go from freezer to microwave when needed.

Cinco De Mayo Easy Chili Recipe
Cinco De Mayo Easy Chili Recipe
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Spicy and meaty Chili that's super easy to make!
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Cinco De Mayo Easy Chili Recipe
Cinco De Mayo Easy Chili Recipe
Print Recipe
Spicy and meaty Chili that's super easy to make!
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large pot and saute onions and garlic until half cooked.
  2. Add ground meat, spices, and peppers mix very well while cooking to break up large clumps of ground meat. Cook until meat is crumbly.
  3. Drain oil.
  4. Drain water from Kidney Beans and add to meat mixture.
  5. Add entire can of Chili Beans to meat mixture, DO NOT DRAIN.
  6. Add can of Stewed Tomatoes and mix everything well.
  7. Simmer on medium to medium low stove about 1/2 hour or until at least 1/3 of liquid evaporates.
Recipe Notes

Serve over rice or with corn bread, or use a a hot dog or burger topping!  Store leftovers in airtight containers in the fridge.  Reheat before use.  Like stew this Chili gets better as it "ages", but don't store it too long, no more than 2-3 day.  For longer storage place Chili in freezer safe containers and freeze.  It freezes very well and can go from freezer to microwave when needed.

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