Baked Beef & Bean Chimichangas Recipe

Most chimichangas are fried, but these Ground Beef and Refried Bean Chimichangas are baked to crispy perfection. The perfect meal for any busy weeknight.

You have probably noticed by now how much we love our Mexican dishes. Unfortauntely, not many Mexican dishes are very healthy. We love chimichangas and decided to make these ones a little healthier by baking instead of frying them.

Chimichanga VS. Burrito

We get asked all the time what the difference between a chimichanga and a burrito is, and why these “baked” chimichangas are such a great option.

A burrito is typically filling wrapped in a flour tortilla. A chimichanga is a popular Tex-Mex dish consisting of toppings wrapped in a flour tortilla, just like a burrito, and then deep fried.

These baked chimichangas are such a great option if you’re cutting back on calories or fats because you’re not frying them in oil, but rather baking them in the oven.

How to make the chimichanga filling

First we start by preparing the filling. We used a lean ground beef (96% lean / 4% fat) and browned it with a diced yellow onion.

We then added in a can of refried beans. You could also use our Easy Homemade Refried Beans (they are a family favorite!).

If you do use canned refried beans, try to find a low-sodium option. This dish doesn’t need any of the extra sodium.

The next ingredient to making this flavorful filling is a Mexican cooking sauce (which is basically a thin tomato sauce with Mexican seasonings). If you can’t find this cooking sauce at the store, any taco sauce will do.

Once it is warmed all the way through, it’s ready to go!

How to make a crispy baked chimichanga

In a large tortilla, place a spoonful of the beef and bean filling in the middle. Sprinkle some cheese on top, then roll it up, tucking in the sides so that the filling doesn’t fall out.

Place the chimichanga on a large baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, making sure that the seams of the chimichanga are facing down.

Using a pastry brush, spread a little melted butter on each chimichanga. This is what will make each chimichanga crispy, even though you are baking it in the oven.

If you are wanting to cut back on calories, you could spray each chimichanga with some butter-flavored cooking spray and it will give you a similar crispy outcome.

Healthy swaps

If you are wanting to change it up even more, these would be awesome with ground turkey or whole wheat tortillas for an even healthier option.

You can switch up the beans for any kind you want (black beans are also delicious!).

The best toppings:

  • guacamole
  • salsa
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • cheese
  • sour cream
  • black olives
  • jalapenos
  • green onions

Baked chimichanga topped with sour cream, onion, cheese and tomato

Delicious mexican side dishes:

Serves: 6-8

Baked Beef & Bean Chimichangas Recipe

These beef & Bean Chimichangas are SO easy to throw together! Plus, they're baked, not fried, so they're a lot better for you. 🙂

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 16-oz can refried beans
  • 1 8-oz packet of Mexican cooking sauce (or taco sauce - I like to use Chile and Roasted Garlic from Old El Paso)
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the onion and cook about 5 minutes until it is tender.
  4. Add the refried beans and sauce, stirring until it is completely combined and warmed all the way through.
  5. Spoon the beef and bean mixture onto the tortilla (I spooned about 3 generous spoonfuls onto each), top with cheese, and then roll it up.
  6. Place them all seams-down on a greased baking sheet.
  7. Brush melted butter over the top of each chimichanga.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes (until the tops start to turn a golden brown).
Cuisine: Mexican | Recipe Type: Main Dish

Notes

I like to serve mine with chopped tomatoes, sour cream, lettuce, and green onions.

Recipe adapted from: All Recipes

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14 Responses to “Baked Beef & Bean Chimichangas Recipe”

  1. Katharine in Brussels
    Hi Steph, I am going to try this with my veg beef-style crumbles, thanks! But here in Belgium not only is cheddar expensive, it's unavailable pre-shredded. Shredded a thin and dinky block of cheddar is no fun, and they're so small it's not really worth it to fire up the food processor. Ugh. Plus two cups of cheddar would put my caloric and money budgets overboard. So if you are looking at modifying the fat or protein content one day, you might like to try what I'm going to do: top the filling with low fat queso fresco or regular cottage cheese (not the chalky fat free kind) before rolling up the tortilla. Then top with sauce and a sprinkling of cheese. It works brilliantly in the oven. I've been doing this for years with enchiladas, and the other benefit is they are so high in protein then it's a challenge to eat two! They're so filling. You might like to try it sometime. Thanks a million for the baked chimichangas :)
  2. Carole Dorland
    As I live alone and don't have a very big freezer , I think I will make the meat mixture and divide into containers and freeze. Just take one serving , heat in microwave and finish.. This is my favorite Mexican food and almost always order it when out.
  3. Joni Hamilton
    I made this yesterday and it lived up to it's word .... easy to make and delicious. Being that it was just my husband and I, there were leftovers. I heated one up for lunch the following day and the taste was just as good as when I made it the first time. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

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