My father-in-law happened to stop by while these were still on the counter and after grabbing one said, “What are these? This is one of the best things I’ve ever had!”

Indulge in the savory goodness of Beef and Cheese Chimichanga, a delightful Mexican dish that combines the richness of ground beef, refried beans, and gooey cheddar cheese. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the ingredients, the step-by-step cooking process, and share some insights and FAQs to enhance your culinary experience.


Let’s start with a glance at the essential components:

Ground beef 1 pound
Refried beans 16 ounces
Finely chopped onion 1/2 cup
Tomato sauce (divided) 24 ounces (3 cans, 8 ounces each)
Chili powder 2 teaspoons
Minced garlic 1 teaspoon
Ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon
Flour tortillas (10 inches) 12
Chopped green chilies 4 ounces
Chopped jalapeno peppers 4 ounces
Oil for deep-fat frying As needed
Shredded cheddar cheese 1 1/2 cups


Follow these simple steps to create a culinary masterpiece:

  1. Cooking the Beef: In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Adding Flavors: Stir in the refried beans, chopped onion, 1/2 cup of tomato sauce, chili powder, minced garlic, and ground cumin.
  3. Assembling the Chimichangas: Spoon about 1/3 cup of the beef mixture off-center on each tortilla. Fold the edge nearest the filling up and over to cover. Fold in both sides and roll up, fastening with toothpicks.
  4. Preparing the Sauce: In a large saucepan, combine the chopped green chilies, jalapeno peppers, and the remaining tomato sauce. Heat through.
  5. Frying to Perfection: In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat 1 inch of oil to 375°. Fry the chimichangas for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes on each side or until browned.
  6. Final Touch: Drain the chimichangas on paper towels, then sprinkle generously with shredded cheddar cheese. Serve with the prepared sauce.

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