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Beef Chimichanga Tortilla Bowls

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  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 35 min
  • Servings 8
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Taking Tex-Mex to a whole new level, the deep-fried goodness of a chimichanga is always a favourite when eating out. Try this easier take on a chimichanga by frying Old El Paso™ Tortilla Bowls and filling them with your favourite toppings!
Created Jun 29, 2017
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  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 1 lb (500 g) extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 medium chopped onion (1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 can (14 oz/398 mL) diced tomatoes, drained (or half 28 oz/796 mL can)
  • 1 can (127 mL) Old El Paso™ chopped green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 package (8 count) Old El Paso™ Tortilla Bowls
  • 1 cup (from 398 mL can) Old El Paso™ refried beans
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese (4 oz)
  • Shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and salsa, if desired


  • 1
    In deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pot, heat at least 2 inches oil to 350°F.
  • 2
    Heat oven to 400°F. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium-high heat 4 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked. Add drained tomatoes, chilies, chili powder and cumin. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture has thickened and liquid has reduced. Remove from heat.
  • 3
    Using fork, poke holes several times in bottom of each tortilla bowl. Place tortilla bowls in batches in preheated oil; fry 1 to 2 minutes, using tongs to turn bowls halfway through, until lightly brown all over. Drain tortilla bowls upside down on paper towel-lined cookie sheet.
  • 4
    Spread 2 tablespoons refried beans over bottom of each fried bowl. Add heaping 1/3 cup beef mixture and 2 tablespoons cheese to each bowl. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and salsa.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Using a candy thermometer/deep frying thermometer helps to ensure correct temperature when frying to give best results.
  • Tip 2
    Try Monterey Jack cheese for a new flavour twist!

Nutrition Information

360 Calories, 23g Total Fat, 17g Protein, 20g Total Carbs

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 8 servings
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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