What's a chimichanga? It takes the flavors and form of burritos and turns the nob all the way up to 11. Normally, they're deep-fried, bringing tons of flavor, but also many calories. For this preparation, we bake the chimichangas, giving you all the great tastes, but none of the guilt. There's pico de gallo and sour cream on the side for your dipping pleasure. What's a chimichanga? It's what's for dinner. Tip: Best way to remove ribs and seeds from a red bell pepper? Cut off top and bottom of pepper, then either carefully cut or tear our the seed portion
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You Will Need
Large Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
Prepare the Ingredients
Core tomato and cut into ½" dice.
Stem, seed, remove ribs, and cut red bell pepper into ½" dice.
Mince cilantro (no need to stem).
Separate steak strips into a single layer and pat dry. Season all over with taco seasoning and a pinch of salt.
If using ground beef or ground pork season with taco seasoning and a pinch of salt. If using diced chicken, pat dry and season all over with taco seasoning and a pinch of salt.
Make the Pico de Gallo
In a mixing bowl, combine tomato, half the cilantro (reserve remaining for filling), a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.
Start the Filling
Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add steak strips to hot pan and stir occasionally until no pink remains, 4-6 minutes.
If using ground beef follow same instructions, breaking up meat with a spoon until no pink remains, 4-6 minutes. If using ground pork follow same instructions, breaking up meat with a spoon until no pink remains, 5-7 minutes. If using diced chicken, follow same instructions until chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 5-7 minutes.
Transfer steak strips to a plate. Keep pan over medium-high heat. Add red bell pepper to hot pan and stir occasionally until softened, 3-5 minutes.
Stir in steak strips and any accumulated juices and enchilada sauce until combined.
Remove from burner.
Make the Chimichangas
Place tortillas on a clean work surface. Place filling in the middle of each, then top with cheese and remaining cilantro.
Fold sides of tortilla toward center, then roll bottom edge towards the top, enclosing sides tightly. Set aside, seam side down. Repeat with second tortilla.
Bake Chimichangas and Finish Dish
Place chimichangas on prepared baking sheet, seam side down.
Drizzle each chimichanga with 1 tsp. olive oil, then massage oil into tortillas. Bake in hot oven until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes.
Plate dish as pictured on the front of the card, halving if desired and topping with pico de gallo. Serve sour cream on the side. Bon appétit!
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