I love a good chimichanga because they are so versatile. You can use pork, chicken, beef, or no meat at all. Add to that some refried beans, maybe some corn, or whatever you fancy. Then fry or bake, serve with some sides and sauce, and there you go.
I had some leftover pork from a smoker job I did on Thursday, so mine will be pork. I’m also serving them up differently… more of a nice appetizer than a main dish.
1Chef’s Note: The origin of the chimichanga is still up for debate. My favorite is: A chef at a Mexican restaurant in Tucson, accidentally dropped a pastry into a deep fat fryer in 1922. She immediately began to utter a Spanish curse-word beginning "chi..." (chingada), but quickly stopped herself and instead exclaimed chimichanga, a Spanish equivalent of thingamajig…
2Gather your ingredients.
3Chef’s Note: As you can see from the ingredients, this dish can be made anyway that you want. Use your imagination, and have a bit of fun.
4Place a flour tortilla on a flat surface.
5Spread 1 tablespoon of refried beans down the center.
6Add 1 tablespoon of rice.
7Add 1 ounce pulled pork, or whatever meat that you are using.
8Chef’s Tip: If you are making this meatless, then add more refried beans and rice to the tortilla.
9Fold the bottom half up.
10Tuck in the sides.
11Roll into a tight cylinder.
12Repeat for the other tortilla.
13Heat the peanut oil in a sauté pan, to around 350f (176c).
14Place the tortillas in the sauté pan, seam side down, and then cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
15Then flip and cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until nicely browned.
16Chef’s Note: If you are baking these, then place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 350f (176c). Place the tortillas on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and place in the oven for 15 minutes, turn them over, and cook for an additional15 minutes, or until nicely browned.
17If you are frying the tortillas, then allow them to drain on a paper towel before performing the next step.
18Cut each tortilla in half on an extreme bias.
19Plate on a bed of greens with the cheese, sour cream, and salsa. Enjoy.