Beef Chimichanga Tortilla Bowls

Beef Chimichanga Tortilla Bowls

Taking Tex-Mex to a whole new level, the deep-fried goodness of a chimichanga is always a favourite when eating out. Try this easier take on a chimichanga by frying Old El Paso™ Tortilla Bowls and filling them with your favourite toppings!
Prep 35 Minutes
Total Time 35 Minutes
Servings 8

Ingredient List

  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 1 lb (500 g) extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 medium chopped onion (1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 can (14 oz/398 mL) diced tomatoes, drained (or half 28 oz/796 mL can)
  • 1 can (127 mL) Old El Paso™ chopped green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 package (8 count) Old El Paso™ Tortilla Bowls
  • 1 cup (from 398 mL can) Old El Paso™ refried beans
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese (4 oz)
  • Shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and salsa, if desired


  1. In deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pot, heat at least 2 inches oil to 350°F.
  2. Heat oven to 400°F. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium-high heat 4 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked. Add drained tomatoes, chilies, chili powder and cumin. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture has thickened and liquid has reduced. Remove from heat.
  3. Using fork, poke holes several times in bottom of each tortilla bowl. Place tortilla bowls in batches in preheated oil; fry 1 to 2 minutes, using tongs to turn bowls halfway through, until lightly brown all over. Drain tortilla bowls upside down on paper towel-lined cookie sheet.
  4. Spread 2 tablespoons refried beans over bottom of each fried bowl. Add heaping 1/3 cup beef mixture and 2 tablespoons cheese to each bowl. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and salsa.

Expert Tips

  • Using a candy thermometer/deep frying thermometer helps to ensure correct temperature when frying to give best results.
  • Try Monterey Jack cheese for a new flavour twist!