Almost-Famous Chimichangas

20 Feb

>this is the second time i’ve made this recipe and its still delicious!
last time i added two jalapenos, this time just one — it definitely needs at least 2
also didn’t make the mexi-sauce last time – it is definitely tasty and add lots of flavor
i also doubled the cilantro, used a whole rotisserie chicken and used the 8″ tortillas to make smaller/more chimis

Almost-Famous Chimichangas on the Food Network

Times:
Prep 30 min
Inactive Prep–
Cook 30 min
Total: 1 hr 0 min

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (remove seeds for less heat)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 small tomato, chopped, plus more for topping
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 15-ounce can refried beans
  • 4 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese, plus more for topping
  • Mexi-sauce, for topping (see below)
  • Shredded lettuce, for topping
  • Mexican rice, for serving

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Melt the butter with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a skillet; transfer to a bowl. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the skillet. Add the onion, garlic and jalapeno and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon salt; toast 30 seconds. Add the tomato and cilantro and cook until slightly dry, about 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken and sour cream and warm through. Remove from the heat.
Brush a rimmed baking sheet with some of the butter-oil mixture. Spread 2 tablespoons refried beans down the center of each tortilla, leaving a 2-inch border on both ends. Top with 1 cup chicken mixture and 1/4 cup cheese. Fold in the ends and roll up.
Put the chimichangas seam-side down on the baking sheet; brush with the butter-oil mixture. Bake 8 to 10 minutes per side, brushing again after you flip. Top with the sauce, more cheese, lettuce and tomato. Serve with rice and the remaining beans.
Make Chi-Chi’s Mexi-sauce:
Saute 1/2 cup chopped onion and 2 chopped garlic cloves in a skillet with vegetable oil. Add a pinch each of chili powder, cumin, sugar and salt; cook 30 seconds. Stir in two 4-ounce cans chopped green chiles (drained and rinsed); cook 2 minutes. Add 1 cup chicken broth and simmer until thickened, then puree. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
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