Frozen Beef and Bean Chimichangas in Air Fryer

The exact origin of chimichangas is not entirely clear and there are several stories and claims about how and where they were first created. One popular theory is that they were invented in Tucson, Arizona in the early 1920s by accident when a cook dropped a burrito in hot oil and exclaimed “chimichanga,” a Mexican-Spanish word for “thingamajig.” Another theory is that they were invented in Sonora, Mexico, where they are known as “chivichangas,” and were traditionally made with shredded beef or chicken and deep-fried to be portable for cowboys and field workers.

Regardless of their origin, chimichangas have become a popular Tex-Mex dish in the United States, often filled with a variety of ingredients including beef, chicken, beans, rice, and cheese, and served with toppings like guacamole, sour cream, and salsa.

El Monterey® Beef and Bean Frozen Chimichangas Family Size in Air Fryer

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: SnacksCuisine: Mexican
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These air fried beef and bean chimichangas from El Monterey® are crispy on the outside and filled with deliciously seasoned beef and beans on the inside. Cooking them in the air fryer is a quick and easy way to enjoy them without any greasy mess. Perfect for a family dinner or a quick lunch, these chimichangas are sure to satisfy your cravings for Mexican food.


  • El Monterey® Beef and Bean Frozen Chimichangas Family Size


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  • Place the frozen chimichangas in the air fryer basket, leaving space between them for even cooking.
  • Air fry for 10-12 minutes, flipping them halfway through cooking time.
  • Remove from the air fryer and let cool for a few minutes before serving.


  • Cooking time may vary depending on the brand and model of your air fryer, so it’s best to check the chimichangas frequently to avoid overcooking.

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