The other day, I had a day full of appointments and shopping scheduled. Since we live 30 miles from town and it takes forever to do anything with two kids and an infant in tow, I needed a dinner plan that would be ready when we got home. Or, at least less than 30 minutes to the table.
Enter in, chicken taco meat made in the crockpot. It’s simple, takes less than 5 minutes to dump in the crockpot and I can have meat ready when I get home. I didn’t want tacos, though. And I really didn’t want burritos. I decided that chicken chimichangas were on the menu for the evening. They’re a delicious twist on the conventional burrito and they’re a cinch to make. Less than 30 minutes to the table? Yep!
Delicious, Mexican-inspired chicken chimichangas on your table in less than 30 minutes!
- 3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 1 Pint Salsa
- 2 OZ Taco Seasoning two packets
- 15 OZ Refried Beans
- 1 Cup Mexican Blend Cheese
- 8- 8 " Flour Tortillas
- Cooking Oil for frying
- Salsa (as desired)
- Sour Cream (as desired)
- Leaf Lettuce chopped
- Tomato diced
Place chicken breasts, jar of salsa, and taco seasoning in a crockpot.
Cook on low for 4 hours (it won't hurt if they're in longer than that).
Place cooking oil in a deep skillet, just deep enough to cook each side of the chimichanga (about an inch of oil).
When the chicken is ready, go ahead and start by putting a thin line of refried beans down the center of an 8" tortilla shell.
Next, place a spoonful of shredded chicken mixture and some cheese on top of beans.
Fold in sides of shell, then bring in the ends and overlap. Secure with a toothpick.
Place chimichanga in the pan of heated oil. Brown on each side, turning once. It only takes about 1-2 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
Top finished chimichangas with salsa, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and any other desired toppings.
Serve hot, goes well with a side of Spanish rice!
See? No time at all and you’ve got an awesome dish to put on the table. Even if you were gone all day!