Refried Bean and Cheese Chimichangas

Refried Bean and Cheese Chimichangas

Chimichangas de Frijoles con Queso
6 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Brunch, Chihuahua cheese, flour tortillas, jalapeno, Mexican Manchego, Monterrey Jack cheese, onion, pati's mexican table, refried beans, serrano chiles
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Refried Bean and Cheese Chimichangas recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 1, Episode 8 “Mexican Brunch”


  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano chile, seeded and chopped (more or less to taste)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups refried beans
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups Mexican Manchego, Chihuahua, Monterey jack or light chedder, shredded
  • 12 Flour tortillas, medium size
  • salsa of your choice

To Prepare

  • Pour 2 tablespoons of oil into a medium sized skillet set over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion and let it cook 4 to 5 minutes, until softened and translucent. Add the chile, give it a couple stirs and add the garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 15 to 30 seconds more. Incorporate refried beans along with 1/4 cup water and mix well. Let it cook and season for a couple minutes as you mash it all together. Turn off the heat.
  • In a comal or skillet set over medium-low heat, heat flour tortillas one at a time, about 15 seconds on each side, to soften so they won’t break when folded. Add about 2 heaping tablespoons each of refried beans and cheese near the edge of the tortilla, one at a time. Begin rolling as if making a chubby taco, after the first fold, tuck in both edges of the tortilla, continuing to roll to make a thick bundle. Flatten a bit with your hand.
  • Reheat remaining oil in the same saute pan or comal, over medium-low heat. Place chimichangas in batches and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until they achieve a lightly browned crust on both sides. You may also use more oil and deep-fry them over medium heat for less time, but I like the first option more…
  • Serve along the side of the Rabo de Mestiza eggs and spoon some of its sauce on top, or serve with the salsa of your choice.

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