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Chili Verde Beef Chimichangas

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 18 to 20 chimichangas or about 9 cups of meat.


  • 5 lbs beef chuck roast (the flat kind -- I had to buy 2 roasts to get 5 lbs)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tbsp shortening or coconut oil
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 (4oz) can diced green chiles
  • 14-16 oz green chili salsa (I used Herdez Salsa Verde)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 (10-count) packs taco size flour tortillas
  • 2 cups+ oil (canola/vegetable), for frying


  • Heavily season both sides of the roast(s) with salt and pepper. Sear both sides and all ends of the roast(s) in a hot pan. Place roast(s) into a large baking dish. (13x9-inch pan)
  • Cook roast(s) in the pan covered with foil at 300˚F for 4 hours. (Do NOT add water to pan, the roast(s) will release their own juices.)
  • Once meat is tender, drain and reserve juices, and shred the meat. Skim the fat off the top of the juices. Add juices back into the shredded meat and set aside.
  • In a LARGE sauté pan, melt shortening/coconut oil and add the onions. Cook for 5 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add flour and stir with onions for 1 minute. Mix in green chiles, salsa verde, garlic powder, salt, and cumin. Cook until thick. Add meat mixture into the onion mixture and heat thoroughly.
  • Fill tortillas with about ⅓ to ½ cup meat each and fold burrito style.
  • Heat oil in a large pot. Place chimichangas carefully seam side down into the oil and fry both sides until golden brown (approximately 45 seconds each side.) Allow to drain on a paper towel lined plate. Serve with sour cream, cheese, and hot sauce as desired.


  1. TO FREEZE: You can freeze half of the meat in an airtight zip-top freezer bag. To use, thaw meat in the refrigerator overnight, re-heat thoroughly on the stove-top/microwave (add beef broth/water if needed), fill tortillas, and fry/cook/bake.
  2. SLOW COOKER: Cook meat on low for 10-12 hours. Follow other instructions as written.
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