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Shredded Chicken, Green Chile, Black Bean and Cheddar Cheese Chimichanga

Shredded Chicken, Green Chile, Black Bean and Cheddar Cheese Chimichanga
I could eat Mexican food every day. I love it. I crave it. I need it. Luckily, my husband loves it too and if you ask my children what restaurant they want to go to, they will always say “chips and salsa” aka a Mexican restaurant. Anyway, I had a few avocados to use up and decided to make a batch of guacamole. I love shredded chicken with green chiles so I thought a chimichanga would be perfect with the creamy guacamole. I was right. I added black beans and cheddar cheese along with the chicken and green chiles. Cooking the chimichangas in a hot dry skillet makes them really crispy on the outside while staying moist and tender inside. The cheese oozes out and the green chile gives it a bit of a kick. My husband and I loved this! The chiles were a bit spicy so I did chicken, bean, and cheese for the kids – they LOVED theirs too.

How to Make Shredded Chicken, Green Chile, Black Bean, and Cheddar Cheese Chimichanga:

Shredded Chicken:

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of any fat
  • 3 cups of chicken broth
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp sweet yellow onion, diced finely
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and gently boil for 20 minutes. Let the chicken breasts cool then shred with two forks.

Shredded Chicken, Green Chile, Black Bean and Cheddar Cheese Chimichanga

Other Ingredients:

  • Flour tortillas
  • Cheddar cheese
  • 1 4 oz can of whole green chiles
  • Tomatoes, diced (garnish)
  • Green onions, diced (garnish)
  • Black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Guacamole (click here for the recipe)
  • Sour Cream (optional)
  • Salsa or hot sauce (optional)

Heat a dry skillet over medium heat.

On a flour tortilla layer cheese, green chile, shredded chicken, black beans then roll into a burrito, making sure to fold in both sides to contain ingredients. Place in the hot skillet and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.

Top with fresh guacamole, tomatoes, and diced green onions. Enjoy.

Shredded Chicken, Green Chile, Black Bean and Cheddar Cheese Chimichanga
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  1. This looks beyond incredible! I would be thrilled to order this at a mexican restaurant. I look forward to making it at home!

  2. Wow I know what I’m having for dinner tonight! You have evoked my inner craving for Mexican! I don’t know that I’ll be cooking it, but I’ll definitely save this for later and give it a whirl.

  3. I could live on mexican too I think. Loving this dish. You can’t get cans of whole green chilli in UK though so will have to improvise.

  4. Mexican food is one of my favorites as well. I have a ton of bookmarked Mexican recipes just waiting to be tried. These sound really good. I like the whole chilis in them.

  5. Your photos look pretty darn good as well!! I should be doing something Mexican soon, absolutely love it. It looks so tasty and abudant. Beautiful light, btw.

    I hear you on the better cooking with tiny ones. I’m a stay at home mom as well, and currently at the stage(for the first time in 2 years) where I even have to put the veggies in meat or poultry πŸ™‚

  6. i could eat mexican food too three times a day for the rest of my life if they look good as this!!! yay, i would love to do this tonight!!thanks for the idea!

  7. i could totally eat mexican every day–in fact, i almost do. it wouldn’t be a problem if everything was as healthy and easy as this–nicely done! πŸ™‚

  8. A++ for presentation, this looks delicious!

    And those potatoes look so great too, especially the end ones doused in sour cream! Yum! -I didn’t know you grew up in Idaho. I’m a Utah native myself so that’s pretty close!

  9. WOW! Pam, these look great. i will be trying this this week. thanks for the recipe, my family and i LOVE mexican food.

  10. I’m a big fan of Mexican and love making it at home! This looks unbelievable. Look at those chiles in there…yum!

  11. pam. i may actually try to make this.
    if you knew me, well, first of all you probably wouldn’t invite me anywhere, but you would also know i’m a dismal failure in the kitchen, so for something to actually inspire me to want to make it . . . huh.
    good times.
    i’ll let you know how it goes. and if you ever want to offend anyone, just send them my way and i’ll happily take care of

  12. This was great! I found your blog through pinterest and made this. My family wanted me to add it to one of our staples πŸ™‚