Make Ahead Freezer Baked Beef Chimichangas

I have entered the “my kids eat everything all day long” phase. Well I did awhile ago. They are teens and a tween. They are never not starving. I’m always on the hunt for something to make that is easy and tastes good, that will get their 2 thumbs up.  Recently I bought frozen chimichangas at the store.  They are quick and expensive.  But I thought I could make some that would taste better and not be full of all the junk.  So I did.  May I present – make ahead freezer Baked Beef Chimichangas?  Yum.

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These are so ridiculously easy to put together.  You don’t need many ingredients and it’s a pretty good base to use and substitute in your favorites.  If you want to add chicken instead of beef, go for it!

Make Ahead Freezer Baked Beef Chimichangas
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1½ c. shredded cheese (cheddar, Mexican, jack, etc)
  • 1 (16 oz.) can refried beans
  • ½ cup salsa (homemade can be used- I just used premade store bought)
  • 12 flour tortillas
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Saute onion and add ground beef in a skillet.
  3. Cook until no longer pink. (approx 7-10 mins)
  4. Take off heat and drain.
  5. Stir in refried beans, salsa and cheese after cool for a minute.
  6. Melt butter and brush on tortillas, both sides. Wax paper can be used for less mess.
  7. Spoon about ¼ c. of beef mix into the center of the tortilla.
  8. Fold sides over tortilla, like a burrito.
  9. Place on baking sheet, seam side down.
  10. Make sure to space them out so they are not touching.
  11. Bake for 5-7 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  12. Optional- sprinkle with additional cheese and return to oven to melt cheese. (watch closely to avoid burning them)
  13. Serve with favorite toppings -
  14. Sour cream, lettuce, olives, additional cheese, tomatoes, guacamole, etc.

Make Ahead Freezer Baked Beef Chimichangas - easy to make thirtyhandmadedays.com

When I made these I put some in the oven right away.  But I wanted to have some on hand for leftovers too.  I wrapped some up in tin foil and put them in a freezer bag.  They were not baked before putting into the freezer.  Because of that, they will need to be either thawed and baked.  Or baked for longer if still frozen.

Make Ahead Freezer Baked Beef Chimichangas - easy to make www.thirtyhandmadedays.com

I am happy to say that my 9 year old exclaimed this his new favorite meal.  He said “Mom it tops Dr. Pepper Chicken and you know how much I love that!!”  He’s the baker/chef in our house so can be pretty particular sometimes.  He’ll tell me something needs “a little garlic” or “it tastes great but I think it needs…________”   With this one, he was in heaven from bite one.  Yay! Make Ahead Freezer Baked Beef Chimichangas

Mique
Hi- I'm Mique (as in Mickey). I started 30days as an idea file a few years ago. After three years and hundreds of ideas, I now realize that I'll never check them all off my list. When I'm not creating, I love spending time with family and friends and long drives, especially if they end at the beach.
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Comments

  1. Donnah says

    Do you think these could be baked and then frozen so they could be heated in a microwave for lunch?