Recipe: Chi-Chi’s Chimichangas


  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (seeds removed)
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • salt
  • 1 small tomato, chopped, plus more for topping
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/4 sour cream
  • 1 15 oz can refried beans
  • 4 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese, plus more for topping
  • Mexi-sauce (recipe below)


  1. Preheat oven to 450. Melt butter with 2 Tbsp oil in skillet then transfer to bowl. Heat remaining 2 Tbsp oil in skillet. Add onion, garlic and jalapeno and cook until soft, about 3 mins.
  2. Add chili powder, cumin, cinnamon and 1 tsp salt; toast 30 seconds then add tomato and cilantro and cook until dry, 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in chicken and sour cream and warm through. Remove from heat.
  4. Brush rimmed baking sheet with some butter-oil mixture. Spread 2 Tbsp refried beans down centre of each tortilla leaving 2 inch border on both ends. Top with 1 cup chicken mixture and 1/4 cup cheese. Fold in ends and roll.
  5. Put chimichangas seam-side down on the baking sheet; brush with the butter-oil mixture. Bake 8-10 minutes per side, brushing again after you flip.
  6. Top with sauce, more cheese, lettuce and tomato. Serve with rice and remaining beans.

Chi-Chi’s Mexi-Sauce

Saute 1/2 cup chopped onion and 2 chopped garlic cloves in a skillet with canola oil. Add a pinch each of chili powder, cumin, sugar and salt. Cook 30 seconds. Stir in two 4-ounce cans of chopped green chilies (drained and rinsed) and cook for another 2 minutes. Add 1 cup chicken broth and simmer until thickened, then puree. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro.


2 Responses to “Recipe: Chi-Chi’s Chimichangas”

  1. I didn’t realize there were all these fantastic food bloggers in Wpg until I read Wpg Women’s Magazine. Love the recipe. Can’t wait to see more 😉

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