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 Published 2010-Mar-11   Updated 2017-Jun-26

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Indian Style Vegetarian Chimichanga, Beef Chimichanga, Chicken Chimichanga)

Chimichanga (deep fried burrito) is yet another Mexican dish in which the tortilla is stuffed with filling of choice and then deep fried. The filling may include beef, chicken, beans etc. After frying, it is served with toppings of individuals choice like cheese, guacamole, salsa, sauce etc.

Recipe For Indian Style Chimichanga


  • Tortillas - 4 (10 inch)
  • Cooked Beef - 1 lb (See procedure for cooking beef below) (For vegetarian version use potatoes or black beans instead of beef. See procedure for cooking below)
  • Re-fried Beans - 1 can (You could also use a can of black beans instead)
  • Bell Pepper - 1 (chopped)
  • Onion - 1 (chopped)
  • Cheese of your choice - 1 cup
  • Cilantro - handful (chopped)
  • Oil / Cooking spray - as needed


  1. Warm all the tortillas in the microwave for about 10 seconds.

    chimichanga preperation step

  2. Take a tortilla on a flat surface and spoon in little bit of the refried beans in the centre of the tortilla.

    chimichanga preperation step

  3. Put some beef mixture on it. Top it with little onions, bell peppers, cilantro and shredded cheese. p>chimichanga preperation step


  4. Fold the two sides of the tortilla inwards to cover the filling.

    chimichanga preperation step

  5. Now fold in the opposite two sides so the filling is completely enclosed.
  6. Use toothpicks to tightly secure the filling so that it does not come out while frying/baking.
  7. Now use any of the following methods to complete the cooking process:
    • (a) Deep Frying: Gently put the chimichangas in a frying pan/kadai with about 1 "of hot oil. Fry till both the sides become golden brown. If all the edges are not tightly sealed, the filling may ooze out into the oil and splatter all around.
    • (b) Shallow Frying: Spray oil in a flat tawa/frying pan and place the chimichangas on it. Fry for about 3 minutes on one side. Flip gently and fry the other side too.
    • (c) Baking (Oven frying): Preheat oven to 450 F. Place all the chimichangas on a cookie sheet. Spray with butter flavored cooking spray and bake for about 20 minutes. Turn the chimichangas after 10 minutes so that both the sides are evenly browned and crispy.
  8. Garnish the chimichangas with  some chopped olives or chopped tomatoes or some shredded lettuce or shredded cheese. Serve with guacamole or sour cream or salsa.

Cooking Beef (for filling)

I cooked the beef with all Indian flavors. Feel free to cook it with seasonings of your choice. Here is my procedure.

  1. Cut the beef into small pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, saute some chopped onions, minced garlic, minced ginger and some chopped tomatoes.
  3. Add some chilli powder, pepper powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder and corriander powder.
  4. Add beef and required salt and let it cook till the beef is cooked and all the juices have cooked down. Since we use this as a filling, we need it to be as dry as possible.

Vegetarian Variation of filling

  • Use potatoes or black beans instead of beef. Boil the beans/Fry the potatoes with your choice of seasonings like cumin powder, pepper, chilli powder etc

Serving Suggestion

  • Serve the chimichanga with guacamole or sour cream or salsa.

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Comment by rifaya nazrin
           i need the image of the food
Reply :-
          View the slideshow, you can see the image of the food.

Comment by naaz siddiqui
        hi! where n how would i get the tortilla or i can prepare it at home ... can u provide me with the recipe for the same
thanx naaz
Reply :-
        You can use store bought tortillas or make tortillas at home. You can also use chappattis instead.

Comment by Kris Mavity on 11 March 2010 22:11PM
        Boy, i want to come over to your house to eat! You cooking looks so good. I also love the new way the pictures make a slide show - to show the steps in the recipe!

Thanks for sharing!
Reply :-
           Hi Kris, I am totally flattered!! Thanks for the compliments about the slideshow too. I add slideshows for certain recipes which are difficult to explain in words alone.

 Published by on and last updated on 2017-06-26.