My Easy Baked Chimichangas are quick and simple and require no frying to get that crispy outer shell. Stuffed full of chicken, beans and cheese, these chimis are the start to a perfect Mexican dinner.
Chimichangas are one of our favorite indulgent Mexican dishes. They are stuffed with delicious fillings and baked until golden and crisp. They can also be deep-fried but baking them is healthier and much less messy.
What is a Chimichanga?
These popular baked or fried burritos are a Tex-Mex and Southwest cuisine staple that originated in Arizona. You can find them on the menu at just about any Mexican restaurant in California and Arizona and our family just loves them! They are so easy to make at home, so we make them quite often. The chimis I’m sharing in this recipe today are filled with chicken and salsa, but there are so many different fillings you can use:
- Shredded beef
- Vegetables, like peppers, onions and green chiles
- Refried beans & cheese
- Pinto beans and rice
What is the difference between a burrito and a Chimichanga?
A burrito is a rolled tortilla stuffed with a filling of shredded meats, cheese or beans. A chimichanga is simply a baked or fried burrito.
How to make Baked Chimichangas
- Preheat your oven and line a baking sheet with foil or a silicone mat.
- Combine shredded chicken in a large bowl with your favorite salsa, refried beans and cheese. Spoon some of the mixture onto the center of a large flour tortilla (8-10 inches). Wrap the tortilla around the filling, folding in two opposite sides, then rolling from the other side.
- Place the chimichangas seam side down on the baking sheet and brush the tops with melted butter. You could also spray them with nonstick cooking spray.
- Bake chimis for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on top.
How to serve baked chimichangas
Chimis are so versatile! They can be filled with just about anything you can think of, and served with a variety of sides. Make them large or small depending on whether you’re making a meal or an appetizer. Serve them with toppings like salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cheese and cilantro. Make a meal with Mexican rice and beans or Mexican Street Corn Salad.
If you have leftovers, store them in a large ziploc bag or airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Reheat individual chimis in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute. You could also heat several on a baking sheet in the oven.
How to fry Chimichangas
If you’d rather fry your chimis instead of baking them, you can fill a deep skillet with about two inches of oil. Once it’s hot, add the chimichangas one at a time seam side down. Turn them every minute or so for even browning. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain, then serve hot.
Can you freeze chimichangas?
These baked chimichangas make a perfect freezer meal, and they don’t even need to be baked first! Just fill the tortillas and roll them up, then wrap then individually in foil or plastic wrap.
To bake, thaw them in the fridge overnight, then unwrap and place on a baking sheet. Bake according to the recipe directions below.
You’ll love these other Mexican favorites:
- Chicken Enchiladas
- Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers
- Easy Mexican Lasagna
- Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup
- Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos
Easy Baked Chicken Chimichangas
- 2 cups cooked chicken chopped or shredded
- 1 cup of your favorite salsa
- 1 cup refried beans
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 6 8-inch flour tortillas
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- Your favorite toppings guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce, diced tomato, shredded cheese, etc
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with foil or a silicone baking mat.
- Mix chicken, salsa, beans, cumin and cheese. Place about 1/3 cup of the chicken mixture in the center of each tortilla.
- Fold opposite sides over the filling, then roll up from bottom and place seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet.
- Brush the tops of each chimichanga with melted butter. Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes or until golden and crispy.
- Garnish with desired toppings and serve with sour cream, guacamole and salsa on the side.