Fried Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

27 Feb
Fried Cinnamon Apple Chimichanga

Fried Cinnamon Apple Chimichanga

My teenage daughter asked if she could make these about a week ago. She showed it to me online, and I said that was fine, so we went and bought the ingredients. She’s discovered Pinterest, and while most of her browsing is on nail and fashion boards, she does browse the foodie boards here and again and glommed onto this recipe and pinned it. As we started making it for our Sunday dinner dessert, she said, “Mom? Can you put these on your blog?” Wow, I didn’t think she even read it or had one iota of interest in this site of mine. Now I’ve probably completely embarrassed her by saying all that, but oh well. So here you have these incredibly delicious, incredibly oil-splattering messy but oh so good dessert (or breakfast — hey they have apples!) Chimichangas. They really were not that hard to make and the process took probably an hour total if you don’t include the cooling time of the filling. It’s just that when you have an inexperienced cook/fryer who needs assisted a lot, making them does take a while longer. If you know how to roll up a burrito and fry food, then you’re good to go. Just a note, the original recipe said this will make 8 to 10 Chimichangas using small flour tortillas. We ended up with 17 of them! Either our apples were really big or our tortillas were really small, or maybe both. I’m going to try to freeze some or take some to work for my office mates, if my daughter and husband don’t polish them all off soon.

Fried Apple Chimichangas
Adapted from Juanita’s Cocina, recipe here: Apple Cinnamon Dessert Chimichangas

For the filling:
1 1/2 to 2 cups water
1/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 apples, any kind, cored and chopped bite-sized (We used 2 Fuji and 2 Granny Smiths)

Apple Filling

Apple Filling

In a large skillet or saucepan, mix the all the filling ingredients except the apples and bring to a boil. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes until the mixture becomes really thick. Add the chopped apples, cover, and reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally until the apples are tender. The original recipe called for 10 minutes or so, but ours took closer to 20 minutes. I’m sure that was due to our high altitude. We also had to add an extra half cup of water to the mixture partway through to compensate for the longer cooking time. Once the apples are tender, set the mixture aside until cool. At this point dinner was ready so we let it sit through dinner and that clean up, which was about a half hour.

For the Chimichangas:
8-17 small flour tortillas (sorry for the wide range! Just get a 20-c0unt or more package)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Oil for frying

First assemble your Chimichangas by spooning  some filling in the top third half of the tortilla. I’m laughing now because that’s how I taught my daughter to do it, and the original instructions say the bottom half. I wonder if it’s easier the other way? I don’t know, that was just how I instinctively did it. Anyways, flip in the sides of the tortilla partway over the filling then start rolling top-down, making sure the sides stay tucked in. This part was one of our issues, as daughter had a hard time keeping the sides tucked in as she rolled. I do think a majority of our splatter mess was due to the filling leaking out.

Platter of Fried Apple Cinnamon Chimichangas

Platter of Fried Apple Cinnamon Chimichangas

Once they are all assembled, now add the rest of the sugar and cinnamon to a wide bowl or plate and mix up, then set aside. Next, add about a quarter inch of oil for frying in a large heavy bottomed or deep cast iron skillet. We used plain vegetable oil. Heat it until medium-hot. (I don’t use a temperature gauge, I use the old-fashioned trick of sticking the tip of a wooden chopstick to the bottom of the pan. If it sizzles and bubbles right off the bat from the bottom, then it’s ready.)  Using tongs, lower two to four Chimichangas into the hot oil one at a time. My daughter could only handle frying two each batch as the splatters freaked her out, so that took us a bit longer too. We did use a splatter screen! Let them fry for maybe 30 seconds per side (really!) then move them off to drain on a paper towel once golden brown. Some were done more than less than others but don’t fret, it’s all good. Don’t let them sit too long or the sugar coating won’t stick! Roll each one around in the cinnmamon sugar mix while still moist, then put on another plate while you fry and coat the rest. Once done, feel free to sprinkle more cinnamon sugar over the top, and do eat them while warm! I will have to experiment on the best way to warm them up. Toaster oven? Microwave? Not sure yet as of this writing. I hope you have a chance to enjoy this dessert, as I don’t post many at all here. I’m a savory kind of gal, but one of these really hit the spot after dinner! And if you think flour tortillas would not be crispy or too floury tasting for this, well you have another think coming. I was amazed!


24 Responses to “Fried Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas”

  1. teagan geneviene February 4, 2014 at 2:42 am #

    OMG… made me drool. 🙂


  2. Moira February 4, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my site and liking my posting on immunity boosters! I look forward to exploring your recipes further. -Moira


  3. My Little ROCK March 23, 2015 at 5:17 am #

    These Apple chimichangas look amazing! I can’t wait to try making them myself.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Betty May 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    Thank you for a wonderful recipe. I am going to make mine using purchased apple pie filling

    Liked by 1 person

  5. elenisempanadas June 2, 2015 at 8:05 am #

    I like when I see chef’s create something new from traditional ingredients, (tortillas). Reminds me of my Apple Cinnamon Empanadas. They look delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

    • anotherfoodieblogger June 2, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

      Thank you so much Eleni, they came out very good! I appreciate your comment. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • elenisempanadas June 4, 2015 at 3:47 am #

        You are welcome. It’s nice to know what others think of your cooking. I get excited when someone reaches out to me too. Keep up on cooking and blogging.

        Liked by 1 person

      • anotherfoodieblogger June 4, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

        I’m following you now so I can check yours out too!

        Liked by 1 person

      • elenisempanadas June 5, 2015 at 3:54 am #

        Awesome! Thank you for following. Where do you get your recipe ideas?

        Liked by 1 person

      • anotherfoodieblogger June 5, 2015 at 7:04 am #

        Some from family and friends, some from other food blogs and Pinterest, and some from necessity of what I actually have in my refrigerator and pantry! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • elenisempanadas June 10, 2015 at 10:27 am #

        Me too! Do you get excited about certain foods? Or time of the year? I love Autumn. Pumpkin, Apples, Turkey.

        Liked by 1 person

      • anotherfoodieblogger June 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

        I love any kind of soup, I’m a soup fanatic. I also like Tex-Mex/Mexican recipes!

        Liked by 1 person

      • elenisempanadas June 11, 2015 at 4:37 am #

        Soup?! That’s neat. Have you tried any Greek soups?

        Liked by 1 person

      • anotherfoodieblogger June 11, 2015 at 7:32 am #

        I’m familiar with Avgolemono, but have not made it before… I’ve been wanting to!

        Liked by 1 person

      • elenisempanadas June 11, 2015 at 11:06 am #

        That is a family favourite. Check out my recipe. Super easy and super delicious. Let me know how you like it.

        Liked by 1 person

      • anotherfoodieblogger June 11, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

        Yumm! I just found it! Looks delicious!


      • elenisempanadas June 16, 2015 at 5:31 am #

        Awesome! Let me know how it turns out. Remember to cool the chicken broth down and whisk it with the egg mix at room temperature. You will love it.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. D. Wallace Peach October 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    Those look too good to be true. Are they good for my diet? Ha ha ha. Who cares!

    Liked by 1 person


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