Andrew told me on Wednesday that he was really tempted to go to Gringos Locos for a chimichanga. It probably didn’t help that his co-workers were teasing him about going all day, but I digress. I told him that I’ll do my best to fulfill his craving! To Google I go. I mixed and matched a few recipes, and came up with this!
Gluten Free Chimichangas! And some nachos, cuz hubs loves um.
For the filling, I adapted the crockpot recipe from @cookingglutenfree.blogspot.com. I didn’t have Taco Bell sauce, like she lists, so I made my own. I made different GF tortillas, and omitted the beans because of Bean Hater Hubby.
Start by making the Taco Sauce, adapted from @Food.com’s Taco Bell sauce…Changed for this purpose.
- 8 oz. can non-salted tomato sauce
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1.5 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp sugar/agave nectar
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix!
After that’s all mixed up, it’s easy! All you need now is…
- 2# beef, for stew
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 tbsp shortening
- 1 cup water
- 4 oz. green chilis
- Gluten free tortillas!
- Oil to fry
- 14oz can refried beans (optional)
- Any additional topping you like: lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, olives, cheese, scallion
- Add the meat, onions, shortening, and pre-made taco sauce to crockpot. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5-6 hours.
- Stir in the water, reduce to low if on high, cook for 1.5 more hours.
- Shred the meat, then stir in green chilis. Continue cooking about 5 minutes.
- Turn to warm until ready to assemble chimichangas.
- Using the Gluten Free Tortillas, the amount filled depends on the size you made the tortillas, in my case, they were small. I used about 3 tbsp of filling in each.
- Fry, in a shallow amount of oil, the chimichanga’s until lightly brown, seam side down first. (I had to hold some of mine closed with tongs, their insides wanted to escape!)
- *Optional* While frying those, I took some of the sauce from the crockpot and reduced over medium heat on the stove. If yours is already thick, it will be fine.. Mine was thin so I wanted to reduce it for the sauce.
- Top with your choice of toppings and enjoy!
Hubs was very happy with this meal (as was I). I was nervous about it, I have never made tortillas or Chimichangas, but I really wanted to show my support by making the food he’s craving! I don’t want him to feel the need to give in to the pressures of the local taco joint when I can do it at home!
A little bit of the tortilla making process. There are a lot of Gluten-Free Tortilla recipes out there, this is only the first I’ve tried. I was pleased though.
Roux watches my every move, in hopes to some day become a chef himself.
Or he’s just staring intently in case I drop something…
We need to teach him to sit up straight, he looks like a slob.