Shredded Chicken, Green Chile, Black Bean and Cheddar Cheese Chimichanga

I could eat Mexican food every day. I love it. I crave it. I need it. Luckily, my husband loves it too and if you ask my children what restaurant they want to go to, they will always say “chips and salsa” aka a Mexican restaurant. Anyway, I had a few avocados to use up and decided to make a batch of guacamole. I love shredded chicken with green chiles so I thought a chimichanga would be perfect with the creamy guacamole. I was right. I added black beans and cheddar cheese along with the chicken and green chiles. Cooking the chimichangas in a hot dry skillet makes them really crispy on the outside while staying moist and tender inside. The cheese oozes out and the green chile gives it a bit of a kick. My husband and I loved this! The chiles were a bit spicy so I did chicken, bean and cheese for the kids – they LOVED theirs too.

Shredded Chicken:

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of any fat
  • 3 cups of chicken broth
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp sweet yellow onion, diced finely
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and gently boil for 20 minutes. Let the chicken breasts cool then shred with two forks.

Ingredients:

  • Flour tortillas
  • Cheddar cheese
  • 1 4 oz can of whole green chiles
  • Tomatoes, diced (garnish)
  • Green onions, diced (garnish)
  • Black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Guacamole (click here for recipe)
  • Sour Cream (optional)
  • Salsa or hot sauce (optional)

Heat a dry skillet over medium heat. On a flour tortilla layer cheese, green chile, shredded chicken, black beans then roll into a burrito, making sure to fold in both sides to contain ingredients. Place in the hot skillet and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy. Top with fresh guacamole, tomatoes and diced green onions. Enjoy.

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23 Responses to “Shredded Chicken, Green Chile, Black Bean and Cheddar Cheese Chimichanga”

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    Jenny — August 29, 2008 @ 2:23 pm

    This looks beyond incredible! I would be thrilled to order this at a mexican restaurant. I look forward to making it at home!

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    Cheryl — August 29, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

    OMG chica that looks good, I am droolin!

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    Jeni — August 29, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

    Wow I know what I’m having for dinner tonight! You have evoked my inner craving for Mexican! I don’t know that I’ll be cooking it, but I’ll definitely save this for later and give it a whirl.

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    Matin — August 29, 2008 @ 7:06 pm

    Looks yummy, I am hungry now:-)
    XX M

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    Beth — August 29, 2008 @ 7:47 pm

    I could live on mexican too I think. Loving this dish. You can’t get cans of whole green chilli in UK though so will have to improvise.

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    Jan — August 29, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

    They look amazing, Pam. Good job!

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    Marjie — August 30, 2008 @ 12:16 am

    Allergy to peppers leaves me out of this. But they certainly are pretty!

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    Kevin — August 30, 2008 @ 12:21 am

    Mexican food is one of my favorites as well. I have a ton of bookmarked Mexican recipes just waiting to be tried. These sound really good. I like the whole chilis in them.

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    Pam — August 30, 2008 @ 1:56 am

    I also love Mexican food. Making the chimichangas in a dry skillet is a great idea.

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    Lisa — August 30, 2008 @ 3:17 am

    This looks so DARN good! I could eat mexican every night too.

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    Kay — August 30, 2008 @ 7:06 am

    Your photos look pretty darn good as well!! I should be doing something Mexican soon, absolutely love it. It looks so tasty and abudant. Beautiful light, btw.

    I hear you on the better cooking with tiny ones. I’m a stay at home mom as well, and currently at the stage(for the first time in 2 years) where I even have to put the veggies in meat or poultry :)

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    Dhanggit — August 30, 2008 @ 7:08 am

    i could eat mexican food too three times a day for the rest of my life if they look good as this!!! yay, i would love to do this tonight!!thanks for the idea!

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    HoneyB — August 30, 2008 @ 8:12 am

    This looks delicious!!! That last photo makes me want one no matter that it is 4 AM!

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    Nina Timm — August 30, 2008 @ 11:51 am

    I am not too familiar with mexican food and by the looks of it, I am missing out a lot..

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    Grace — August 30, 2008 @ 1:16 pm

    i could totally eat mexican every day–in fact, i almost do. it wouldn’t be a problem if everything was as healthy and easy as this–nicely done! :)

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    hot garlic — August 30, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

    A++ for presentation, this looks delicious!

    And those potatoes look so great too, especially the end ones doused in sour cream! Yum! -I didn’t know you grew up in Idaho. I’m a Utah native myself so that’s pretty close!

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    nicole — August 30, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

    This looks so delicious. Thanks for letting me post your recipes.

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    Dawn — August 30, 2008 @ 5:03 pm

    Wow, how easy does that look to make? Your pics are fabulous. Now I’m hungry.

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    ~Priscilla~ — August 30, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

    WOW! Pam, these look great. i will be trying this this week. thanks for the recipe, my family and i LOVE mexican food.

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    Kristen — August 30, 2008 @ 9:01 pm

    Oh YUM! I could eat Mexican food everyday too. This looks great! Bookmarked to try soon!

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    Aggie — August 31, 2008 @ 3:01 am

    I’m a big fan of Mexican and love making it at home! This looks unbelievable. Look at those chiles in there…yum!

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    lindaloohoo - wheresmydamnasnwer — September 1, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

    pam. i may actually try to make this.
    if you knew me, well, first of all you probably wouldn’t invite me anywhere, but you would also know i’m a dismal failure in the kitchen, so for something to actually inspire me to want to make it . . . huh.
    good times.
    i’ll let you know how it goes. and if you ever want to offend anyone, just send them my way and i’ll happily take care of

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    Paige — July 22, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    This was great! I found your blog through pinterest and made this. My family wanted me to add it to one of our staples :)

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