Oven-Baked Chimichangas

Oven-Baked Chimichangas are an easy and versatile family dinner idea that are healthier than the traditional deep-fried versions. This post is part of a sponsored campaign on behalf of Lundberg Family Farms and Brandfluential. Be sure to enter the giveaways at the end of this post!

Oven-Baked Chimichangas -- a healthier version of the traditionally deep-fried burritos

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I’m not sure if what I do is actual “resolutions”, but I enjoy starting fresh in the new year and thinking about the changes I want to make. This year, I decided to work on something I haven’t done enough. I’ve started making better food choices and learning more about the ingredients on the items I buy. I have a LOT to learn, but I’m determined to make 2014 a year that I get a bit more personal with whole, real foods.

While I’m continuing to cook new recipes as usual, I have some old favorites that have been getting a makeover. One of those meals is Oven-Baked Chimichangas — which are traditionally a deep-fried burrito. I’ve been baking them for years though, which no doubt makes them healthier, but there was still other areas to improve this meal.

Oven Baked Chimichanga

One change I’ve made is that I make them with 100% Whole Wheat Tortillas. Only one of my kids even mentioned the change — my oldest son said “Thanks, Mom…those were good. But I could tell you used a healthy tortilla or something”. I’ll take that as a compliment, especially since he ate THREE of them.

Oven Baked Chimichangas

One of the fillings we almost always use for chimichangas is Spanish rice — my husband’s favorite. While I know how to make homemade Spanish rice, I usually pick up a packaged rice dish. Homemade Spanish rice is not hard, but the simplicity of a boxed rice entree makes my life even easier and pretty much guarantees a successful outcome.

Prior to a few weeks ago, I had bought a variety of Spanish Rice boxed dishes…never once paying attention to the ingredients. But now that I am paying attention, I have found a product that I never noticed before: Lundberg Family Farms Organic Whole Grain Southwestern Rice. It’s an organic, whole grain rice dish that works great as a side dish or as part of a main dish, such as in the case of our chimichangas.

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One of the things I liked the most about the Lundberg Southwestern Rice (and their other products) is that the ingredient list was short AND I could understand and read all the words on the the box. It might seem like such a little thing, but really, this is huge! Now that I’m reading labels more, I find my fair share of ingredient lists with items I can’t pronounce. Not the case with the Lundberg Rice.

One box of Lundberg Southwestern Rice is plenty for making Oven Baked Chimichangas for a family of 6 — and maybe even more. As you seen the photo before, it has black beans and corn included, so I was able to skip making a pot of beans for our chimichangas. The seasonings are perfect and not spicy hot. My youngest son is always the official “is it spicy” taste tester and he liked it, so it gets a big thumbs up from him.

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In addition to the Lundberg rice entree, you’ll just need 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast that is cut into thin strips. You’ll also want some colorful bell peppers (I used 3: orange, red, and yellow), plus a medium onion. All this is cooked in a skillet and seasoned with a simple blend of chili pepper, cayenne, cumin, and garlic powder (a homemade taco seasoning I make).

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To make the chimichangas, you’ll lay a line of your chicken mixture on a 100% whole wheat tortilla. You top that with the Southwestern Rice. If you wish, you can add some shredded cheese. I say “if you wish” but what I really mean is ADD SOME SHREDDED CHEESE. Ok, you don’t have to, but cheese rocks, especially in a chimichanga. Feel free to skip is you want to save the fat or calories.

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The chimichangas are rolled up and placed on a greased baking sheet. The tops are sprayed or lightly brushed with olive oil or grapeseed oil (I sprayed with grapeseed oil) and baked until brown and crispy.

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We like to serve our Oven Baked Chimichangas with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. If you’ve read any of my other posts, you already know what my youngest dipped his chimichanga in — all hail the ketchup king. We also usually have tortilla chips to go along with it, as well as some fresh fruit.

I’ve included the complete recipe below, but the great thing about this recipe is how versatile it is. Here’s more filling ideas:

  • Refried Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Thinly sliced steak
  • Ground beef or turkey
  • Any leftover meat (such as from a roasted chicken)
  • Rotisserie whole chicken (buy at grocery store, take meat off bones)
  • Shredded meat — pork, chicken, beef
  • Roasted vegetables (zucchini, corn, sweet potato, etc)
  • ….your own idea! What are your ideas?

Oven-Baked Chimichangas

Ingredients

  • 1 box Lundberg Organic Whole Grain Southwestern Rice
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast (cut into thin strips)
  • 3 small bell peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 6 100% whole wheat tortillas (approximately 9" size)
  • Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, or Cooking Spray of your choice
  • Optional: shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, etc.
  • Seasoning
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

Instructions

  1. Prepare rice entree according to package instructions and set aside. Mix seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Grease a large baking sheets with oil or cooking spray. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet, heat approximately 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add chicken strips and cook until no longer pink and starting to brown. Add bell pepper and onion to chicken and cook over low heat just until vegetables are just barely tender-crisp (don't over cook). If any liquid remains in pan, drain it off. Sprinkle chicken/veggies with seasoning and drizzle 1-2 tablespoons water over seasoning. Stir to combine with chicken/veggies.
  3. Lay one tortillas on clean work space or counter top. Place approximately 1/2 cup of chicken & vegetable mixture in the middle of the tortilla, in a line. Place approximately 1/4 cup of rice on top of chicken. Top with shredded cheese if desired.
  4. Fold opposite sides of the tortilla (near each side of the "line" of ingredients) inward towards the center. Fold bottom edge (edge closest to you) of tortilla over filling. Roll until filling is completely enclosed. Place seam side down on baking sheet. Repeat with additional tortillas. When all tortillas have been filled, spray or brush tops and sides of chimichangas generously.
  5. Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes, turn chimichangas over once after about 5-7 minutes. Bake until browned and crispy. Serve with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, etc.
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About the Author: brandie (551 Posts)

Brandie Valenzuela is a food blogger and writer at Home Cooking Memories. She lives in Las Vegas, NV where she enjoys cooking, baking, modern-day recipe keeping and making everyday memories with her family. She is known to have an extremely normal obsession with cupcake liners, ribbons and office supplies.


Comments

  1. I’m totally gonna have to make these with corn tortillas for a gluten free version. Sounds incredible Brandi!

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  9. just look at how PERFECT these are!

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  11. I love the idea of a lighter take on the ever-popular chimichanga … especially nice to kick off the New Year, when people are trying to make a healthy start!

  12. I try to eat raw fruits and vegetables as much as possible.

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  18. I’m going to make a freezer version of these! Looks awesome!

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  23. These look great….love that they are baked and not fried.

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  26. Real food is food the way our bodies were meant to eat and grow and thrive. As a mom, that’s important to me. I haven’t had a chimichanga in years (it used to be my favorite thing to order at mexican restaurants) and now I MUST try these!

  27. These look delicious!

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  31. I love making baked chimichangas! Mexican food is my favorite!

  32. Amanda Sakovitz says:

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  33. Thomas Murphy says:

    It is important because it is healthy.

  34. These look so great, Brandie! I love how crunchy they look on the outside. I think I’d like these even more than the fried version.

  35. Its important for me to feed my family healthy nutritious food

  36. Fresh ,I have 2 grandchildren with allergies, now it’s a matter of severe health problems. It tastes so much better also. It is like going back to basics.

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    Real Food is important to us because it is healthier and really it just tastes better. Both are important.

  50. I have a ton of allergies, so knowing what goes into my food and how it was grown just makes good practical sense.

  51. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I want to make sure we’re getting the best nutrition for our bodies.

  52. Jennifer Brown says:

    Whole food is important because I believe you are what you eat!

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  54. Brittany Koelmel says:

    Eating healthy is one of the most important things you can do for your body!

  55. I grew up eating nothing but processed and fast foods and I don’t want my kids to eat that way.

  56. Such a great idea! I love chimichangas, but I’ve never made them because I’m afraid of all that hot oil

  57. I love my body and I want to keep it healthy and strong, no hormones or additives in my food.

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    It just seems healthier without a bunch of preservatives and things I cant pronounce. LOL

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    Its important because it is cleaner, not processed and in general healthier. Being a gardener I appreciate good fresh foods!

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  69. Jannelle Hurney says:

    Eating real, organic food promotes and supports good health. I know my health has improved since I started changing my diet!

  70. amy pugmire says:

    Its important because we want to live a healthy long life and I always want to know what we are putting in our mouths.

  71. It’s important because I want the best for my family and real food is, is, of course, much healthier. Tastes better, too.

  72. Susan Chester says:

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  73. Because it is the healthiest and most natural way to eat.

  74. Sonya Morris says:

    Real food tastes better! After making most of our food from scratch I can hardly stand to eat processed food anymore without feeling yucky.

  75. This recipe doesn’t include salt as an ingredient. I thought it was weird, but I made the chimichangas without salt and it was delicious!!!

  76. real food is important to me because I want to be healthy

  77. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    It’s better for you. I also have to cook most things from scratch since one of my daughters has a deadly allergy to red food dye and a milder allergy to blue and certain yellow dyes. Food dyes are in so many products.

  78. Real food is important for my family because as stay at home mom, I want to give the best for my family besides we have strict diet foods.

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    With two people who have food allergies in our family eating natural/whole foods is very important. We need to know what we are eating

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  86. Vikki Billings says:

    Its important to us because it is healthier for us and with fresh ingredients it tastes so much better.

  87. Who wants to eat junk made of nothing but chemicals with 14 syllables in their name? Real food is real good.

  88. Real food is important because I have growing kids and I’d like to keep as many chemicals and nasty things out of their bodies as possible

  89. Real Food is important to me because I’m trying to make healthier eating decisions!

  90. Melanie Comello says:

    It’s important to me and my family because i believe giving my daughter healthier choices while she’s young will make her food habits, a lot healthier when she grows up.and starts her own family. I’m hoping to instill a healthier lifestyle from the getgo. Hoping for the best ;)

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