Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 45 Minutes
Servings: 6

“Tortillas filled with a chicken, rice, beans and olive mixture – rolled, fried and topped with a piquant avocado mix, sour cream and cheese, all served on a bed of lettuce. Being raised 12 miles from the border of Mexico, I was brought up on Mexican food and learned how to make many of the dishes.”

Easy Chimichanga Recipe

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1/2 cup red enchilada sauce
  • 1 1/2 onion diced, divided
  • 6 flour tortillas 12 inch
  • 4 cups diced cooked chicken breast divided
  • 1 pound Monterey Jack cheese
  • shredded divided
  • 1 can sliced black olives 6 ounce
  • 4 cups refried beans divided
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • TOPPING
  • 3 avocados peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 green onions diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeno chile
  • peppers
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • .In a medium saucepan combine the broth, rice, sauce, and 1 diced onion. Mix and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 20 minutes, or until rice is tender.Meanwhile, heat tortillas in a large skillet (so that they are soft enough to fold). When rice mixture is ready, spoon equal amounts of the following onto each tortilla: Chicken, shredded Jack cheese, diced onion, olives, rice mixture and beans. Roll tortillas, tucking in sides to prevent filling from spilling over.Heat oil in a large skillet and fry the filled tortillas, turning, until browned on all sides. Drain on paper towels.To Serve: In a medium bowl combine the avocados, cilantro, lemon juice, green onions, chile peppers and tomatoes. Mash together. Place shredded lettuce on a platter, topped with chimichangas, avocado mix, sour cream and shredded Cheddar cheese.

Author: Mike Gonzalez

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