Chicken, Tomatillo and Chipotle Chimichangas

Chicken, Tomatillo, and Chipotle Chimichangas

Servings 8 -9 chimichangas
Author Karen from


For the Chimichangas:

  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 chipotle pepper finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 2 ounce cans pinto beans 15, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ounce can whole tomatillos 28, drained
  • 8 or 9 burrito-size flour tortillas
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • toothpicks

To Garnish:

  • pico de gallo
  • guacamole
  • sour cream
  • queso fresco
  • cilantro
  • fresh lime juice


  1. Pat the chicken dry. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot add the chicken. Cook for about 4 minutes, then flip. Cook for another 3-5 minutes until no longer pink in the middle, or until a thermometer reads 165 degrees. Remove, let cool, and shred with 2 forks. Set aside.
  2. In the same skillet that you cooked the chicken in, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and set over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and chipotle. Cook until onions are mostly translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, and coriander. Cook for another 3 minutes or so.
  4. Add the pinto beans and whole tomatillos. Cook for about 5 minutes, breaking up the tomatillos and some of the beans with a wooden spoon.
  5. Add the cooked chicken and cook for another couple minutes. Turn off the burner and remove from heat.
  6. In a hide-sided skillet, add about a 1/2 inch of oil. Set over medium heat. After about 5 minutes, test it by tossing in a little piece of tortilla. If the tortilla bubbles immediately, then the oil is hot enough. If not, wait longer.
  7. Cover the tortillas and heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. You just want to get them pliable enough to be able to fold them.
  8. Add a large spoonful of the filling into the center of a tortilla. Fold it up (see photos) and secure with a toothpick.
  9. Fry the chimichangas 2 at a time. Cook for 2-3 minutes on the first side, then flip and do another 2-3 minutes on the other side. It is done when the tortilla is a light golden brown. Remove to a paper-towel-lined plate.
  10. Serve hot with pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, queso fresco, cilantro, and fresh limes.

Recipe Notes

Change It Up:
If you are in a hurry, buy a rotisserie chicken and use 1 1/2 to 2 cups of shredded meat. Or use any cooked chicken for that matter.