Green Chile Chicken Chimichangas

I think I’m just going to start this post with my son’s review. “Mom, these are a 10 out of 10!” I really think I outdid myself with my new Green Chile Chicken Chimichangas. Like most of my recipes, this has simple ingredients but BOLD flavor. Rotisserie chicken, potatoes, onions, green chilies, salsa verde, and Monterrey Jack cheese are combined with my quad of Tex Mex spices that you see often from me: chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder. All of these bold flavors come together for the perfect bite! I like to top the finished product with sour cream and Tajin as shown below. So good!

Ok let’s start with the “cast of characters” because I bet you already have at least half of these things. I always keep shredded rotisserie chicken in my freezer so the only thing I had to buy for this was the salsa verde.

Do you see my shortcut in the picture? Yes it’s Simply Potatoes! You can usually find them near the bacon and breakfast sausage in the grocery store. I pretty much have them in my freezer at all times.

Save time with these! No peeling or chopping potatoes and onions!

The mixture is very easy! Just cook the potatoes and onions in a skillet then add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. It doesn’t even need to get that hot because it’s going to cook through when baking or frying.

Just give me a fork! Yum!

Assembly

Now let’s talk about assembling. I use the “soft taco” sized tortillas but you could definitely use the large burrito sized ones. Just add more filling and cheese and you’ll probably end up with six large ones. Assembling the chimichangas is very easy! Here’s how to do it:

Add 1/3 mixture to tortilla.
Sprinkle with cheese.
Fold up two sides toward center.
Fold one open side toward center and roll.
Perfect little chimichanga!
Secure seam with a toothpick if you’re planning to fry.

Two options for cooking

There are two options for cooking: baked or fried. I had a little extra time (don’t we all) so I decided to fry. It was really easy and quick once my oil reached temperature. You can also bake them like my Baked Beef Chimichangas which is even easier. I have to admit, frying does add a lot of yummy flavor and crunch though!

I’m definitely adding these Green Chile Chicken Chimichangas to my “make often” list because it’s one of my favorite recipes that I have created in a long time. I could eat these every week!

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Green Chile Chicken Chimichangas

Ingredients

2 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup potato, peeled and diced small
½ cup onion, diced
1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies
½ cup salsa verde
3 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 cups Monterrey Jack cheese, divided
12 soft taco sized flour tortillas
Canola oil (if frying)
½ cup melted butter (if baking)

Directions

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add potatoes and cook until tender and browned. Add green chilies and salsa verde then stir to combine. Add chicken and seasonings then stir to combine. Add 1 cup cheese and stir until melted. Turn off heat and set aside.

To assemble, add 1/3 cup chicken mixture to center of tortilla then sprinkle about 2 tablespoons cheese. Fold two sides towards center, fold one open side toward center then roll up tightly.

Baking Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place assembled chimichangas seam side down on baking sheet. Brush tops with melted butter. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Frying Instructions: After rolling up tortilla, secure seam with a toothpick. Add canola oil to a large deep skillet or dutch oven about 1 ½-2 inches. Once oil reaches 350-375 degrees, place chimichangas in and cook each side until golden brown. Remove with tongs and allow to drain on a paper towel lined platter.

Notes:
1. Use “Simply Potatoes” Diced Potatoes with Onion for a quick shortcut.
2. Use your Air Fryer to cook these!
3. Freezer friendly! Just assemble, secure with toothpick, then place in freezer bag. Thaw and cook when needed!

Baked Beef Chimichangas

Ok, ok you don’t have to beg me anymore, my chimichangas are finally on my blog! Ha! I created these for Lee’s Marketplace a couple of weeks ago and they were a huge hit. I have had so many friends make them already and they have loved them! I actually made these on my birthday but was happy to do it! I wanted Mexican food AND needed to make a recipe for Lee’s so it was perfect. Don’t worry, I made my family clean up the mess because it was my birthday after all!
What is a chimichanga? It’s basically a deep-fried burrito. They are traditionally fried in oil but baking them makes them just as crisp and delicious. The filling is very easy and rolling them up is a cinch! Your family will LOVE these!

Baked Beef Enchiladas

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

2 lbs ground beef
2 tablespoons minced dried onion or 1/2 cup fresh diced onion
2 tablespoons dried taco seasoning
1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies
1/2 cup taco sauce
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
12 flour tortillas, soft taco size
4 tablespoons butter, melted
Cooking spray

Toppings (optional):
sour cream, salsa, avocados, queso, olives, shredded cheese, lettuce

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat a large skillet to medium-high and cook ground beef and onions until beef is browned. Drain excess grease.
Add taco seasoning, green chilies, and taco sauce. Mix until combined and remove from heat.
Prepare large baking sheet by spraying with cooking spray. Warm tortillas in microwave for better pliability then fill each one with 1/4 cup cheese (first) then 1/4 cup meat mixture. Fold in sides then roll up tightly. Place seam side down on baking sheet.
Brush chimichangas with melted butter then bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with toppings of choice.