Everyone loves a chimichanga because sometimes there’s nothing better than a crisp tortilla filled with hearty meat, rich beans and creamy cheese. The greatness of a deep fried burrito becomes greater when the tortilla isn’t fried (hello, guilt-free eating!). With a 20 minute baking time, everyone’s favorite rendition on the burrito couldn’t be easier or more convenient, and with a reduced fat content to boot!
1 package ground turkey
1 tsp. garlic
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 cup tomato sauce
1 can refried beans
3 green onions, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste (NOTE: If your refried beans are not low-sodium, you may want to
leave out the salt)
2 – 3 cups of shredded cheese (I used jack and cheddar)
6 large flour tortillas
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1. Preheat oven to 400-degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
2. Sauté ground turkey with garlic. When it’s cooked through, add the chili powder, tomato sauce, refried beans, green onions, salt and pepper. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
3. Place one tortilla on a flat working surface and place a handful of cheese in the middle. Place about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of the ground turkey mixture on top of the cheese. Don’t overload the tortillas with tons of filling because you need to make sure the cheese and filling is not touching the edge. Take it from me, as I’m notorious for overstuffing burritos and chimichangas.
4. Fold the sides of the tortilla inward toward the filling. Then fold the side of the tortilla that’s closest to you toward the filling, covering the two sides. Continue to roll the chimichanga so it forms a burrito shape and place gently on the cooking sheet. Continue until you use up the filling.
5. When all the chimichangas are prepared, brush each one with vegetable oil (this makes it crispy). Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until desired crispness. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
Leah Singer is a freelance writer and a practicing speechwriter. She shares many family-friendly recipes, as well as stories of motherhood, craft ideas, writing, and other such topics at Leah’s Thoughts. Read more about Leah at: leahsthoughts.com.