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Experience the epitome of comfort food with this recipe for Beef and Cheese Chimichangas, a wonderful variation of classic Mexican cuisine that guarantees a crispy, cheesy, and savory encounter with each mouthful. Chimichangas are simply burritos that are deep-fried until they get crispy and golden. They are loaded with a delicious combination of seasoned meat and melted cheese, and then wrapped in a tortilla. This meal is ideal for anyone who likes to incorporate the tastes of a Mexican fiesta directly into their home. If you are planning to host a dinner party or if you are in the mood for something fulfilling, these chimichangas are certain to make a strong impression.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies, drained
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend (or your favorite melting cheese)
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, salsa, guacamole, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes

Instructions:

  1. Cook the Beef Mixture:
    • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until browned and no longer pink.
    • Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the onion is softened.
    • Stir in the chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine and cook for another minute.
    • Add the drained diced green chilies to the skillet and stir to incorporate. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Assemble the Chimichangas:
    • Lay a flour tortilla flat on a clean surface.
    • Spoon a portion of the beef mixture onto the center of the tortilla, leaving some space around the edges.
    • Sprinkle shredded cheese over the beef mixture.
  3. Fold and Roll the Chimichangas:
    • Fold the sides of the tortilla over the filling.
    • Starting from the bottom, tightly roll the tortilla into a burrito shape, enclosing the filling completely.
    • Secure the chimichanga by inserting toothpicks diagonally through the seam to hold it together.
  4. Fry the Chimichangas:
    • In a large skillet or pot, heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat until hot (around 350°F or 175°C).
    • Carefully place the chimichangas seam-side down into the hot oil using tongs.
    • Fry the chimichangas for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.
    • Use tongs to carefully turn the chimichangas to ensure they cook evenly on all sides.
  5. Serve and Garnish:
    • Remove the chimichangas from the oil and drain on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
    • Remove the toothpicks from the chimichangas before serving.
    • Serve the beef and cheese chimichangas hot with your favorite toppings such as sour cream, salsa, guacamole, shredded lettuce, and diced tomatoes.
  6. Enjoy:
    • Serve immediately and enjoy these delicious homemade beef and cheese chimichangas with a side of rice, beans, or salad.

These chimichangas are perfect for a satisfying meal any day of the week. Customize the filling and toppings according to your preferences for a personalized Tex-Mex experience!

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