Beef Chimichanga Taco Bowls™

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 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) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 package Old El Paso™ Soft Tortilla Bowls
  • 1 cup (from 16-oz can) Old El Paso™ 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 bowl. Place bowls in batches in preheated oil; fry 1 to 2 minutes, using tongs to turn bowls halfway through, until lightly brown all over. Drain bowls upside down on paper towel-lined cookie sheet.
  4. Spread 2 tablespoons refried beans over bottom of each fried bowl. Add heaping 1/3 cup beef mixture and 2 tablespoons cheese to each bowl. 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!


Calories360(Calories from Fat210),Total Fat23g(Saturated Fat7g,Trans Fat0g),Cholesterol50mgSodium470mgTotal Carbohydrate20g(Dietary Fiber3g Sugars3g),Protein17g;% Daily Value*:Vitamin A10%;Vitamin C8%;Calcium15%;Iron15%; Exchanges:1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices:1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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