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Air Fryer Chimichanga

Air Fryer Chimichanga – a burrito loaded with your favorite filling and then “air fried” until crispy golden perfection. Such a great dinner any night of the week.

If you know me, you know that I love Mexican food. It can be just about anything, but if their is a bowl of Restaurant Style Salsa and chips around, I will not stop until it is gone.

When I was a kid my favorite thing to order at a Mexican restaurant was a chimichanga. I haven’t ordered one in years, but now I can make them at home in the air fryer, so they aren’t quite as bad for you!

air fryer chimichanga on a plate topped with sour cream

 

What Is A Chimichanga

It is basically just a deep fried burrito. It is a tortilla that is often filled with rice, beans, cheese, and whatever type of meat you like. Then it is rolled up tightly and deep fried.

Here we are skipping the actual deep frying and just getting the outside crispy in the air fryer. You get the same taste and texture, but without the added oil. Which is better for you and so much faster and easier to make!

filling a tortilla with beans, chicken and cheese

Chimichanga Ingredients

  • Tortillas – you want the large burrito sized flour tortillas for this
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Refried Beans
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Salsa
  • Taco Seasoning

The filling is really versatile and up to you. I made these with our favorite Salsa Chicken, but you can use taco meat, leftover rotisserie chicken you toss with a little bit of taco seasoning. Or really anything you like! This Cafe Rio Pork that is sweet would be delicious!

I didn’t add rice, because I prefer to eat rice on the side, but you can use Mexican Rice or Cilantro Lime Rice for your filling or on the side.

chimichangas in the air fryer basket

How To Make Air Fryer Chimichangas

  1. The first thing you need to do is prepare your meat/protein. The instructions in the recipe card below are for a chicken version, but you can use regular beef taco meat or whatever you like. Just get it ready and then you can start rolling.
  2. Arrange tortillas on the counter in front of you. Spread a layer of beans and then top with chicken and cheese. If you are using rice, you would add it here as well.
  3. Fold in the sides and roll the burrito up tightly.
  4. Brush the outside of the tortillas with a little bit of oil or spray. Lay them seam side down in the air fryer basket, making sure to do them in batches if necessary and not over crowd the basket.
  5. Cook for about 10 minutes, flipping half way. Once they are golden and crispy they are ready to serve.
  6. Remove and top with sour cream, guacamole or whatever toppings you like.
looking down on a plate with chimichanga, lettuce and rice

What Goes With Chimichangas

You really can serve these with whatever your favorite Mexican sides are.

And if you want a sauce to go over the top, this Green Chili Sauce is amazing and really easy to make.

chimichanga on a plate with sour cream on top
What If I Don’t Have An Air Fryer

You can also bake these or even pan fry them if you don’t have an air fryer. Bake them at 400º F for about 18-20 minutes until they are nice and crispy. Or add a little oil to a large skillet and cook for a few minutes on each side to brown them.

Can I Use Another Meat In This Recipe

Absolutely! Any meat you like would be great. You could use pork like these Carnitas, they would make a great filling. Or just use ground beef and Homemade Taco Seasoning for your normal taco meat. Lots of different options.

What Kind Of Sauce Goes With These

They are great topped with just sour cream and guacamole. Or you can use Enchilada Sauce or even your favorite salsa as well.

To make this recipe I used a Cosori 5.8 Qt Air Fryer. It is big enough that you can fit plenty of food in, and the basket comes out so you can easily shake, stir, or flip whatever you are making.

close up air fryer chimichanga on a white plate

More Tasty Mexican Recipes

Yield: 5

Air Fryer Chimichanga

air fryer chimichanga topped with sour cream and tomatoes

Air Fryer Chimichanga- a burrito loaded with your favorite filling and then "air fried" until crispy golden perfection. Such a great dinner any night of the week.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

Chicken Filling

  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup water

Chimichangas

  • 1 (15 oz) can refried beans
  • 5 burrito sized flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Add water to the base of the Instant Pot. Add chicken breasts, sprinkle over the taco seasoning and pour over the salsa. Close and lock the lid. Cook under high pressure for 14 minutes. Quick release to unlock and then shred the chicken.
  2. Arrange tortillas on the counter in front of you. Spread a layer of beans and then top with chicken and cheese.
  3. Fold in the sides and roll the burrito up tightly.
  4. Preheat air fryer to 400º F.
  5. Spray the outsides of the burritos with a little bit of oil. Arrange them seam side down in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching.
  6. Cook for about 10 minutes, flipping half way. Once they are golden and crispy they are ready to serve.
  7. Remove and top with sour cream, guacamole or whatever toppings you like.

Notes

You can cook the chicken in the oven if you don't have an Instant Pot, or toss rotisserie chicken with taco seasoning. You can also use regular taco meat or whatever protein you would like.

Nutrition Information

Yield

5

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 783Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 128mgSodium 2298mgCarbohydrates 76gFiber 13gSugar 8gProtein 55g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Brian

Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

Deep fry takes like 2 1/2 minutes… not sure what crazy world you think air fry is faster. Better for you…maybe. Just take the faster portion out.

Kathy Lohr

Wednesday 10th of April 2024

@Erin S, I totally agree with you. Plus the smell of oil in your house and the cost of the oil plus the extra calories. Air fryer is definitely the way to go

Erin S

Wednesday 4th of October 2023

Last time I deep fried something it took over 10 minutes to get the oil to the right temperature, and then letting it cool down to deal with it after, and cleaning what it was in took significantly longer than cleaning the air fryer basket. So all in, I stand by the air fryer still being faster.

Allison

Tuesday 26th of September 2023

Can I freeze these and then air fry?

Erin S

Tuesday 26th of September 2023

Yes, I would just reduce the temperature to 360F and cook for maybe 12 minutes. Then you can increase the heat for a couple minutes to get the outside crispy.

Carleen

Friday 30th of June 2023

I don't have an Air Fryer can I do it in an oven.

Erin S

Friday 30th of June 2023

Yes, read the FAQ portion of the post with the question - What if I don't have an air fryer?

Catalina

Wednesday 20th of April 2022

I would like this for lunch! It seems to be even healthier!

Sandra

Wednesday 20th of April 2022

It was a huge hit at my house! Love that I can make it in the air fryer!

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