I will admit, despite being the BIGGEST Mexican food lover, I have never made chimichangas before. I have eaten them in restaurants before, when having a treat, and although I have enjoyed them, have felt ill after due to them being fried. I think that is why I didn’t make them myself, because I presumed they would need to be fried. I should have known that with a little bit of experimenting, you can get something that tastes pretty much the same, but for much healthier. As with everything, this is never going to taste EXACTLY the same as the unhealthy version, but would you not rather eat something that tastes very similar but is much healthier? I know I would. This isn’t quite as crispy as the traditional chimichanga, due to not being fried, but it is still pretty close. Give it a go and let me know what you think. I seem to be uploading a lot of Mexican recipes, it’s my favourite food, are healthy Mexican recipes something you all want?
- 2 peppers, sliced
- Half a courgette/zucchini
- Half an onion, sliced
- 5 mushrooms, sliced
- Mexican seasoning (1tsp cumin, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp paprika, 1tsp onion power, 1 tsp garlic granules, 1tsp fructose sugar – you could use normal sugar, 2tsp chipotle flakes or 1 tsp chili powder (make it as spicy or mild as you like).)
- 1 chicken breast, pre-cooked and sliced
- 100g pinto beans, pre-cooked
- 30g reduced fat cheese (I used cheddar), grated.
1) Heat some spray oil in a pan and cook the peppers, onions, mushrooms and courgettes/zucchini for 5-10 minutes until soft.
2) Add the 100g pre-cooked pinto beans and the Mexican seasoning and cook for 5 minutes on low.
3) Lay a soft tortilla on a plate and add some of the vegetable and bean mix, add some salsa, top with some sliced chicken and then sprinkle on some grated cheese. I had some of the veggie and bean mix left over, so I saved it for the next day.
4) Fold the tortillas and place fold down in a baking tray and spray with oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6.
5) Serve with salad, salsa and guacamole.