Baked Turkey Chimichangas

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Indulge in baked turkey chimichangas for a healthier take on this classic Mexican dish. Enjoy the crispy texture without the excess oil

baked turkey chimichangas

I haven’t made chimichangas in a long time but didn’t feel like taking my deep fryer out so I made these baked turkey chimichangas to satisfy my craving!

Pureist are probably rolling their eyes at this point as Authentic Mexican Chimichangas are deep-fried, not baked in an oven.

baked turkey chimichangas

What is a Chimichanga

A chimichanga is basically a deep-fried burrito. It is typically made with a flour tortilla and filled with various ingredients such as shredded meat, beans, rice, cheese, and vegetables. It is then deep-fried until crispy and golden brown.

Tips

  • If you want your chimichangas extra crispy turn on the broiler for 1-2 minutes after the published cook time. Just keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!
baked turkey chimichangas

What makes this chimichangas recipe a little different is instead of deep-frying them. we bake them in the oven. They may not be golden brown in color but a little healthier without all the oil.

You can make several changes to this recipe to make it your own. Instead of the rotel, you can use salsa and some diced green chilies. For the Mexican Blend Cheese, you can use some Monterey Jack Cheese. These are just a few options for you to experiment with.

When the time comes to warm up your tortillas, you have a few options. You can wrap the tortillas in foil and bake them for 10 minutes at 350°F. You can also put them in a non-stick pan to heat both sides of the tortilla (this is how I usually do it), heat them over an open flame, or if you must, wrap them in a damp paper towel and microwave them for about 30 seconds.

baked turkey chimichangas

You will need the following ingredients to make this Baked Turkey Chimichangas recipe. For ingredient amounts please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Lean Ground Turkey – as lean as possible
  • Rotel – drain any excess juices
  • Refried Beans – storebought or homemade refried beans
  • Chili Powder – adjust to taste
  • Mexican Blend Cheese – you can also use Monterey jack cheese
  • Flour Tortillas – use burrito size flour tortillas

How to Make Baked Turkey Chimichangas

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat cook the turkey until it is no longer pink.
    ground turkey in a skillet
  3. Add the rotel, refried beans, and chili powder. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until heated through.
    turkey beef and beans in skillet
  4. Add the cheese and stir until well combined.
    cheese and filling for chimichangas
  5. Place a tortilla on a work surface and spoon about 3/4 to 1 cup of the turkey mixture down the center.
  6. Assemble the burrito by folding the right and left sides of the tortilla over the meat mixture. Then roll the bottom of the tortilla up over the bottom third of the filling. Fold in the top over the mixture.
  7. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and turkey mixture. Arrange the chimichangas in a single layer in the prepared baking dish.
  8. Bake, uncovered, until the chimichangas are crisp and browned, about 20 minutes.
    baked chimichangas
  9. Serve with your favorite toppings.

Printable Recipe Card

baked turkey chimichangas

Baked Turkey Chimichangas

Indulge in baked turkey chimichangas for a healthier take on this classic Mexican dish. Enjoy the crispy texture without the excess oil
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Author Rodney
Servings 4 chimichangas
Calories 408 kcal

Equipment

  • Baking Dish
  • Skillet

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Turkey
  • 10 oz Rotel, drained
  • 16 oz Refried Beans
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 cup Mexican Blend Cheese, shredded
  • 4 Flour Tortillas
Garnish (optional)
  • Fat Free Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Lettuce, shredded

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  • In a skillet over medium-high heat cook the turkey until it is no longer pink.
  • Add the rotel, refried beans, and chili powder. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until heated through.
  • Add the cheese and stir until well combined.
  • Place a tortilla on a work surface and spoon about 3/4 to 1 cup of the turkey mixture down the center.
  • Assemble the burrito by folding the right and left sides of the tortilla over the meat mixture. Then roll the bottom of the tortilla up over the bottom third of the filling. Fold in the top over the mixture.
  • Repeat with the remaining tortillas and turkey mixture. Arrange the chimichangas in a single layer in the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, until the chimichangas are crisp and browned, about 20 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 408kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 41gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 1.116mgPotassium: 539mgFiber: 7gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 538IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 293mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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