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While revisiting some old posts, I came upon a recipe that I really loved and sadly, only made once. I saw no better time than the present to recreate the comfort of a skinny chimichanga.

When several people asked what was for dinner, I replied “chimichangas”. Even my boyfriend, among the others, asked “What is a Chimichanga?” And I had to reply with “One of the best things ever”.

If you have never heard of a chimichanga, its essentially a burrito that has been deep fried.

Amazing, right?

But we arent trying to deep fry anything in my house… because I hate cleaning the deep fryer. wanted to make the chimichangas healthier. Baking them instead of frying gives you all the textures you would find had you fried them… and if watching your waistline aint your thing, go on and deep fry them. You will love them!

Ingredients: (makes 10 chimichangas)

10 8-inch tortillas
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb of ground turkey
2 T cumin
1 can of green chilles
2 t oregano
8 oz tomato sauce
1 cup of extra sharp cheddar, shredded

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Preheat oven to 350*. In a medium skillet, heat a Tablespoon of oil and over medium-low heat, cook the onions for about 4 minutes. Make sure to stir constantly and cook until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes.

After the onion and garlic have cooked, add the turkey ground. Break up meat with a wooden spoon as you are cooking to evenly cook and break into smaller pieces.

Add the cumin, chiles, and oregano (and salt I you desire) to the ground meat. Then add the tomato sauce and cheese. Heat through for about 5 minutes.

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Then, take your tortillas and fill them with a heaping serving spoon in the center of the tortilla and fold burrito style before placing, seam side down, in a baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

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Line them up and then spray with cooking oil.

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes…

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Or until golden brown.

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To serve, plate and enjoy with a side salad.

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I wrapped each chimichanga separately in foil and store them in the fridge. The following evening, when the boyfriend came over, I simply reheated by placing the chimichanga on the george foreman grill where it crisped up nicely and made both of our tummies happy!

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