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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 chiles). 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 chiles
  • 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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  • Rachel
    Feb 9, 2021

    I have made this recipe twice now. Once with potato and once with a 14oz can of black beans rinsed and drained. I use olive oil not bacon fat. I did render the fat from the left over tri-tip in the oil and then removed it to the trash. Patricia G. just figure on a cup of onion and just use a potato about the size of a 14oz can. This is one of those recipes you can easily change to your tastes. I also put the cheese in the tortillas first then the filling. Use bamboo skewers to hold the tortillas closed. Just cut a few inches off.

  • Patricia G
    Jan 22, 2021

    I saw this recipe in the most recent magazine and would like to try it. I'm not much of a cook and I wish recipes would give guidance in cup sizes. What's a medium onion? 1/2 cup? 1 cup? Same on the large potato. Can anybody offer suggestions? THANKS

  • Mary
    Jan 14, 2021

    Looks so good I will try. How can I get this recipe

  • nancci
    Jan 13, 2021

    Will try these soon. I ate the original chimichanga at a small hole in the wall café in Tucson many, many years ago when I was going to school. They did originate there in that café. Eaten many since but NEVER found one that equaled the original. Don't remember any potatoes but will give it a try and let you know.

  • FRED
    Jan 12, 2021

    Can this be made in a air fryer?

  • Mary
    Jan 12, 2021

    Born & raised in Phoenix, Arizona these are pretty spot on. What I leave out are the potatoes because they are a filler & I would rather have more meat. That is my personal preference. There are many Mexican food restaurants that use potatoes or rice in their burro's/burrito's. Not sure how Marvin's tomatoes turned into tomato soup unless he cooked them for quite some time and even then...... Great easy recipe!

  • Katie
    Jan 12, 2021

    Lovely idea and I’m doing them in my Air Fryer! My daughter loves burritos so I’m going to try to continue to introduce her to more Mexican dishes. I grew up near Glendale with the Camelback Mountains in view. I’ll eat this and remember Arizona sunsets!! Thank you!

  • snker0521
    Jan 8, 2021

    My kids really liked these. When I say really liked these, out of the 12 there was not a crumb left. I added the tomatoes but did not get tomato soup as one reviewer did. They dices stayed that way, just a bit softer as you would expect from any cooked food. I used one package of tortillas but still had extra filling that we can add to a salad tomorrow or just let our imagination go wild. Thank you so much for this recipe.

  • Anne
    Nov 8, 2020

    Hey kind. There’s enough negativity in this world, just be kind and thoughtful ??

  • KathyCooks1943
    Oct 31, 2020

    Marvin get with the program. Learn how to cook. How you got tomato soup is beyond me. Try it again. These are very good.