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Though still debated, Tucson is generally credited as the original home of the chimichanga (fried "burro", as we call them, stuffed with meat, onions and chilies). I've combined several recipes into this one, and it's fairly authentic. —Laura Towns, Glendale, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1/4 cup bacon grease
  • 2 cups chopped or shredded cooked beef, pork or chicken
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 1 large peeled boiled potato, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 12 large flour tortillas, warmed
  • Vegetable oil
  • Optional Toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sliced ripe olives


  • In a skillet, melt bacon grease over medium heat. Saute meat, onion, garlic, tomatoes, chilies and potatoes until the onion softens. Add salt, oregano, chili powder and cilantro; simmer 2-3 minutes. Place a scant 1/2 cup meat filling on each tortilla. Fold, envelope-style, like a burrito. Fry, seam side down, in 1/2 in. of hot oil. (360°-375°) until crispy and brown. Turn and brown other side. Drain briefly on a paper towel. Top as desired; serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 357 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 1058mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 6g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • Matt
    Jul 5, 2020

    I have been making this for 20 years. Great recipe. I used left over dark turkey meat shredded for my Cajun deep-fried turkeys the flavor is awesome. my friends are always knocking on my door when they hear I'm making them. mine has never turned into tomato soup.

  • Kelly
    May 2, 2019

    Not sure what Marvin is complaining about. This has been a recipe in our house since the original post in 1991! My recipe was becoming unreadable so I looked to see if I could find it online and here it is :) Absolutely delicious!

  • Marvin
    Jul 2, 2017

    Terrible. I threw it out. You know what you get when you put tomatoes in a hot pan? You get tomato soup. Not a filler for a chimichanga. Move along, nothing to see here.

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    May 10, 2010

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