When I make this recipe it takes me a couple of hours because I make everything from scratch. This also allows me to make really large tortillas. It makes the folding of them easier and one chimi will be plenty for an adult. I make refried beans from dry beans rather than buy them as it is much cheaper and healthier to do so. We prefer using our own cheese as well. In fact, the only thing we do purchase to make this is the flour. To make it a much faster meal to put together all items can be store bought, prepared ahead of time and dinner can be had in about 30 minutes time.
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
Couple diced chiles
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
One finely chopped onion or ¼ cup green onion
Two green chiles, finely minced
¼ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
¼ cup milk
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper or to taste
To build the chimichangas lay a slightly warm tortilla on flat surface, add ¼ -1/2 cup of filling on tortilla and fold. Lay the filled tortilla on a lightly oiled cookie sheet, seam side down. When all are assembled, brush with a light coat of oil or butter and bake at 400 for 25 minutes. Traditionally they are deep fried rather than baked but I always had trouble with them falling apart. This method is healthier and makes it easy. I shallow fry them or half- bake on top of the wood stove. When serving I place a little puddle of white sauce on the plate, place the chimi on it and add the toppings with another good drizzle of sauce on top.
To make the sauce, mix all ingredients in small sauce pan, stir frequently over low heat until hot. Serve over chimi's.
When I make chimi’s, I use what I have on hand for the toppings. We prefer shredded cabbage over lettuce and then I top with a bit of green onion, diced tomatoes and top with a bit of queso blanco. Some folks like salsa, guacamole, lettuce, onion and olives or even green salsa on top of theirs. This recipe will make 4-6 servings.
(not my picture, my shutter didn't open when I took mine :( )