Ahh…chimichangas! Fun to say and fun to eat. 🙂 These have been one of our favorite meals for a LONG time, but this is the first time I’ve made them since we decided to clean up our eating habits by ditching all processed foods. Luckily, Mexican recipes can usually be ‘cleaned up’ very easily with just a few ingredient swaps. They are quite simple to make and it’s a great way to get some black beans into my children as well!! 😉
Mmm….love them! (I sure could have used some shredded lettuce when taking this picture…but, I didn’t have any on hand, so, oh well, right?)
Whole Wheat Beef & Bean Chimichangas
- 1 lb natural, grass-fed beef (I bought mine locally from Seven Sons)
- 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 T homemade Taco Seasoning
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 can organic refried beans (I used 365 Everyday Value from Whole Foods)
- 1 cup cheese, freshly shredded + extra for sprinkling on top
- 8-10 whole wheat tortillas (I like the organic 365 Everyday Value tortillas from Whole Foods because they only have 4 ingredients. Unfortunately, I can’t find good quality ones anywhere local so I stock up every time we go!)
- Olive oil
- Garnishments: Extra cheese, chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and sour cream (I like Daisy)
Brown ground beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until cooked through. Add water and taco seasoning, stir to combine. Add refried beans and stir together until thoroughly mixed. Add one cup of cheese and let melt, mixing together again.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Brush one side of a tortilla with olive oil and then add about 1/2 cup of filling into the middle. Fold up the sides and then roll. Place seam side down in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas until all of the filling is gone. Brush the outsides of the chimichangas with more olive oil. Bake in the oven until they just start to brown (about 10 minutes). Turn off the oven, sprinkle cheese on top, and then put back in the oven until cheese has melted (about 2 minutes). Top with garnishments and serve. 🙂
Tortilla chips and salsa would make a nice side dish for this, don’t you think?