So, what do I do with all that leftover pork and sauerkraut that my kids wouldn’t eat? Make chimichangas, of course!
I’ve never made chimichangas before, but I do enjoy saying chimichangas.
Saute onions in olive oil for about 15 minutes, or until very soft. Add chipotle pepper and brown sugar and continue sauteing for another 5 minutes or until the onions are as done as you like. We like ours very well done. Add the pork and heat through.
Warm tortillas up a little so they’re softer and easier to handle. Spread about 1 tablespoon of refried beans in the center of each tortilla. Top with about 1/4 cup of the pork mixture. Add 1-2 tablespoons cheese, and a little rice. These measurements are flexible. Add more or less as you see fit.
Fold up the bottom of each tortilla, then the sides (nice and tight, like you’re swaddling a cute little newborn instead of a spicy chimichanga) and finally fold down the top.
So a chimichanga is basically a burrito fried in oil. Everything is made better by frying it in oil. I’m not sure how this meal fit into my New Year’s Resolution to finally lose that baby(ies) weight, but that’s another topic for another day!
In case you’re wondering, I did try to remove all traces of sauerkraut from the pork before making this recipe. That’s why I did the chipotle… I wanted to try to mask the sauerkraut as much as possible! I think it worked. It really transformed the meat.
I really liked this dinner a lot, and so did “Don Vito Corleone.” He said it was amazing. Cool! Here’s what the rest of the gang thought:
Sarah Crewe: “This is pretty good. It’s kind of like a taco. I like it.”
Batman (whose chimichanga was made without cheese… I’m the best mom!): “It’s pretty good, even though I think I taste some cheese.”
Curious George: “Wow, Mommy, you made this recipe up?” Then… “I’m sorry, Mommy, but I don’t really like it.”
Elmo ate a few bites and then cried. A lot. And then went to bed early because her Mommy really, really needed her to.
Well, since “Elmo” actually did eat a few bites before crying (honestly, the crying had nothing to do with the food. She was soooo tired!), I consider that at least one thumb up. So, 4 out of 5 of my critics liked it! I consider that a highly successful meal!
And… here are some other movies that make me want to eat Mexican food:
What movies make you want to eat Mexican?