Traditionally, chimichangas are deep-fried and filled with meat. However, this innovative recipe remakes the classic Mexican dish into something healthy and vegetarian-friendly.
Fat-free soy meat is combined with cumin, chili powder, onions, garlic, diced tomatoes, and roasted jalapeño peppers to make a filling that's well-seasoned and provocative.
The chimichangas require half an hour of bake time, resulting in a crisp, crunchy exterior and bubbly, oozing interior. Want to experiment with this cheese-free south of the border favorite? Get the recipe after the break.
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 lbs. fat-free ground soy "meat"
14.5-oz. can low-sodium diced tomatoes
2 tsp. chopped roasted jalapeno pepper
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
6 medium (7 1/2-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
Fresh tomato salsa, for serving
- Preheat oven to 350F. Coat baking sheet once with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Coat large skillet with cooking spray and place over low heat. Add onion; cook, stirring often, until just softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and stir 30 seconds.
- Add soy "meat," breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Stir in tomatoes, roasted jalapeno, chili powder and cumin. Mix well. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes.
- Meanwhile, stack tortillas, wrap in foil and bake until warm and pliable, 8 to 10 minutes. (Alternatively, using tongs, heat each tortilla over an open flame.)
- Place tortillas on work surface and spoon about 3/4 cup "meat" filling in center of each. Fold in sides and roll up, jelly-roll style. Place on prepared baking sheet, seam side down. Bake until chimichangas are lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Serve hot with salsa.
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