Beef Chimichanga Taco Bowls

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

Ingredient List

  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 1 lb extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef
  • 1 medium chopped onion (1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ Organic Diced Tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (4 oz) Old El Paso™ Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 package (6.7 oz) Old El Paso™ Flour Soft Tortilla Bowls (8 Count)
  • 1 cup from 1 can (16 oz) Old El Paso™ Traditional Refried Beans
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese (4 oz)
  • Shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and salsa, if desired
Recipe Continues Below


  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, chiles, 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 boat. Place boats in batches in preheated oil; fry 1 to 2 minutes, using tongs to turn boats halfway through, until lightly brown all over. Drain boats upside down on paper towel-lined cookie sheet.
  4. Spread 2 tablespoons refried beans over bottom of each fried boat. Add heaping 1/3 cup beef mixture and 2 tablespoons cheese to each boat. 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 flavor twist!


  • 1 Serving Calories 360 (Calories from Fat 210);  Total Fat 23g (Saturated Fat 7g ,Trans Fat 0g);  Cholesterol 50mg;  Sodium 470mg;  Potassium 260mg;  Total Carbohydrate 20g (Dietary Fiber 3g ,Sugars 3g);  Protein 17g
  • % Daily Value: Vitamin A 10%;  Vitamin C 8%;  Calcium 15%;  Iron 15%
  • Exchanges: 1 Starch;  1/2 Other Carbohydrate;  1 1/2 Very Lean Meat;  1/2 High-Fat Meat;  3 1/2 Fat
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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