I could eat Mexican food all day, everyday - anytime, anyplace. While tacos and enchiladas are simple staples to incorporate into your weekly dinner menu, why not try turning your favorite Mexican entrée up a notch? We used a deep fryer to fry these loaded chimichangas at home, adding the same texture and crunch that you’d find if you ordered the dish at your favorite Mexican restaurant.
Making these chimichangas is a step-by-step process, so get the whole family involved. First, sauté green peppers, onions and garlic. Combine half of the cooked mixture with shredded chicken and green chiles in a bowl. Cut down on your cooking time by using a store-bought rotisserie chicken and shredding it by hand or cooking a few chicken breasts a day or two ahead of time and saving them in the refrigerator.
Mix refried beans with salsa and spread on the bottom half of a tortilla. Spoon the chicken mixture above the refried beans, and top with cheese (swap out cheddar with Monterey Jack for an added kick). Then fold in the sides of tortillas to enclose the filling. Fold over the top and bottom edges of tortillas, making rectangles and secure the tortillas with toothpicks. Deep fry the filled tortillas for about five minutes, or until golden brown.
Top with homemade spicy ranchero sauce, made by combining fire-roasted tomatoes, the previously sautéed onion mixture, cilantro, chili powder, and cumin in food processor and blending until smooth. A dolop of sour cream, shredded cheese and cilantro finish the dish. Put chips and salsa on the table and dig into these crispy delights.