Beef, Potato and Anaheim Chimichanga

Beef, Potato and Anaheim Chimichanga

Chimichanga de Guisado de Res
8 to 12 chimichangas
Pati Jinich
Course: Antojos, Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beef, chimichanga, flour tortillas, mexican crema, Mexico, pati’s mexican table, Potato, queso fresco, Sonora, Sonoran
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Beef, Potato and Anaheim Chimichanga recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 9, Episode 6 "Sonoran Family Favorites for Sami"


For the cooked meat:

  • 2 pounds beef chuck, round or stewing meat, cut into 1- to 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

For the seasoned cooked meat:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 3/4 pound, 3 medium, potatoes, peeled and diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, divided
  • 1/2 pound ripe roma tomatoes, cored and diced
  • 4 fresh Anaheim chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced

For the chimichangas:

  • 8 to 12 large flour tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups shredded romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco
  • Mexican crema, optional
  • Diced tomato, optional
  • Ripe diced avocado, optional
  • Sonoran Roasted Salsa, or salsa of your choice

To Prepare

To cook the meat:
  • Place the meat in a large soup pot or casserole and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Skim off any foam. Add the halved onion, garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons salt, black peppercorns, bay leaves, oregano, coriander and cumin seeds, and stir well. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours, or until the meat is fork tender and shreds easily. Remove from the heat.
  • Remove the meat from the broth, set aside, and strain the broth. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the broth for later use and store or freeze the rest if you want to use it for something else. Once the meat has cooled enough to handle, shred or chop into smaller pieces.
To make the seasoned cooked meat:
  • Heat the oil in a large wide casserole or skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and the potatoes, season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions have softened and the potatoes have begun to brown. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the tomatoes are soft and mushy. Add the chiles and the other 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often, until the mixture is nicely seasoned and blended together. Stir in the shredded meat and reserved meat broth and cook until the broth is mostly absorbed, the potatoes have completely softened, and the mixture is nicely amalgamated and delicious. It should be moist but not wet.
To make the chimichangas:
  • Heat a comal, griddle or skillet over medium low heat for at least 3 to 4 minutes. Heat the flour tortillas a couple at a time (or 1 at a time if that’s all you can fit in the skillet or on the griddle in a single layer) for about a minute per side, until completely heated through. Remove tortillas and one by one, top with a couple of generous spoonfuls of the shredded cooked beef. Roll to enclose the filling, and after the first roll, fold in the sides and continue to roll, making an elongated burrito-shaped package.
  • Once the packets are ready, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, place the chimichangas in the pan seam side down and fry for a minute on each side, until lightly colored. Serve garnished with lettuce, queso, and if desired crema, tomato, avocado and salsa.

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  1. As we are eating plant based meals these days, I made this with portobello mushrooms. Braised them like the beef and then sliced them thinly. Delicious! Thank you, Pati, for inspiring a delicious plant based meal!

  2. Pati- tonight I made a Sonoran feast. I made this recipe, the Fiesta Refried Beans, and the Salsa Colorados. All were excellent, but this recipe, especially, was fantastic. It was also fun. I’ve never roasted my own peppers and I did that today, using my broiler. Very successful. I even added a couple of poblanos i had and served them on top of the refined beans! I am really loving season 9 of your show. I like the cultural tie in you always do. I also like learning the methods of traditional Mexican cooking. I’m an experienced cook, but boiling meat without browning and adding aromatics, in a Norther European method, was new to me. This recipes method creates a really full bodied, balanced, yet complex stew. I also loved making Chimichangas. So much additional flavor from the fried tortilla. Thank you for you amazing disposition and your ability to share Mexican culture and cooking.

  3. Show is excellent, recipes are great and well written. They are explained in perfect detail. Will continue to enjoy show. Thanks.

  4. Cook the meat: place meat in soup pot and bring to a rolling boil. Is water put in the pot? What is brought to a rolling boil.

    1. Yes Robert, sorry I was not specific enough; place the meat in a pot, add water to cover it and bring it to a rolling boil. Hope you enjoy the Chimichangas 😉

  5. Hi!

    You should make a frozen meal line with all of your recipes because they look like they would taste AMAZING but too much detail & ingredients to cook at my home as it is just me! 😊