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These Guiltless Beef Chimichangas are baked, not fried and topped with tons of fresh veggies. I also used my favorite gluten free flour tortillas and couldn’t be more happy with the results.
I used to make these baked chimichangas all the time until I had to eliminate wheat and dairy. (Of course, if you can have regular tortillas, go for it.) However, for years, there just wasn’t a good gluten free flour tortilla on the market. Then about 6 months ago I stumbled upon Mission gluten free flour tortillas in the market and fell in love! Yes, love!
I totally stole this idea from my sister, so I can’t take all the credit. Although she didn’t give me her recipe, I think these turned out great. These chimichangas are guiltless because they skip the oil bath and opt for a quick roll in the oven. My guess is that you won’t even miss the frying and all the clean up that goes with it. I make these on the days I have a few extra minutes to spend in the kitchen because I just love chopping up all those toppings and making a fresh pico de gallo to go on top.
I don’t always make my taco seasoning and enchilada sauce from scratch, but when I do…boy does everyone go crazy!
Guiltless Beef Chimichangas
- 8 gluten free Mission Flour Tortillas
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 tbls taco seasoning
- 3/4 cup water (or amount listed on your seasoning packet)
- 2 cups Spanish Rice
- nonstick cooking spray
- enchilada sauce, pico de gallo, black olives, lettuce (opt)
- Preheat oven to 375F. Brown ground beef in a large pan over medium-high heat. Drain grease from beef. Add in taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Spray an 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Inside each tortilla place about 1/3 cup of meat and 1/4 cup of rice. Fold in both ends of tortilla and then roll up like a burrito. Place seem side down into pan. Spray tops of chimis with nonstick cooking spray. Place dish in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Then finish off under the broiler for about 3 minutes (watch closely so they don't burn).
- Remove from oven and add a little enchilada sauce and cheese. Top cooling chimichangas with enchilada sauce, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, and black olives.
- **Feel free to use other ingredients: shredded beef[/url], shredded chicken, refried beans, [url href=http://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com/the-guacamole-that-changed-my-life/ target=_blank]guacamole, or cheese, etc.**
Looks so yummy! thanks for sharing
Trisha McKee says
Oh, this would be perfect to try on a weekend movie night!
This is easy enough to make, with many of my favorite ingredients.
These sound amazing! We love Chimis!
Looks so good!
Jennifer Reed says
I love that the Guiltless Beef Chimichangas recipe looks simple and something that my family would enjoy.
This looks like a easy recipe and I’ll bet it tastes great!
Susan Smith says
Sounds yummy, I love that these are baked instead of fried!
My husband would love these!
michelle r says
This recipe is easy enough that I can make it. Thanks!
Erica B. says
We love Mission tortillas. We don’t live gluten free but we have plenty of family and friends who do. Glad to know they have an option!
Michelle @ The Complete Savorist says
Flour tortillas are my absolute favorite and Mission is my normal brand. These chimi’s look so delicious.
reesa lewandowski says
I am on the lookout for these tortillas!
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
I need this for dinner asap!
Aggie | Aggie's Kitchen says
Yay for baked chimis! These look delicious!!
Love this idea!! We are Mexican food addicts – I know we’d all love these!
I love anything “Mexican”. This looks wonderful and even better that’s its’ “guilt free”!
These lighter, healthier, GF chimichangas looks great. I like that you added a bunch of veggies on top as well. I can already taste these scrumptious morsels.
Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says
We LOVE Mission tortillas and my husband just went Gluten Free, so I am SO pumped to see these!! We adore all things Mexican too, so these are happening for dinner! Pinned!
Rod B says
My favorite Mexican dish is chimichangas and would love to have these to try.
GiGi Eats says
I am just hard core craving beef now!
Becky @ lovetobeinthekitchen says
Fabulous recipe! Thanks for sharing. I much prefer baking things that should be fried!
Dana Rodriguez says
That looks delicious! I try to avoid fried food so this is perfect!
Amy Pratt says
Yum, chimichangas….. I think I need to make this.
Ashley C says
These look delicious! We will have to try these out on our weekly mexican night!
Brittney House says
Its nice to see that they have a couple healthy alternatives with the gluten free and the baked not fried.
Shannon Baas says
This sounds like a great recipe.
Miz Helen says
I just love a good Chimichangas and your recipe looks great, can’t wait to try it.
Those beef chimichanga’s look so delicious. I love mexican food and will definitely have to try out this recipe!
I love that these are baked instead of fried! I love Mexican food but am always looking for low cal versions!
We eat so much mexican food I must try these!
Hey Wendy! I do something similar and love them and you’re right – you don’t miss the frying mess at all. Love your blog!
Hmm…you are a good cook so I guess I can take your word for it that these are yummy. But they don’t look crispy. Are they? Maybe I will try this tomorrow.
They are crispy, but they get even crispier if you use the broiler setting. YUM! Make sure to let us know if you try them and how you like them.