Baked Shredded Beef Chimichangas

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My husband LOVES these...I came up with these with what I had on hand. I think they would be even better fried, but I am trying to be good. This is one of the best dinners I have made.

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  • add   2 cloves garlic
  • add   1/2 onion
  • add   1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies
  • add   1 knorr beef bouillon cube
  • add   1/4 cup salsa
  • add   2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • add   1 1/2 lbs steak (a lean cut)
  • add   1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • add   6 inches cinnamon sticks
  • add   nonstick cooking spray
  • add   1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • add   chopped tomatoes
  • add   guacamole
  • add   refried beans
  • add   1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (or more)
  • add   1 cup colby-monterey jack cheese
  • add   1 tablespoon chili powder
  • add   6 10-inch flour tortillas
  • add   sour cream
  • add   shredded lettuce
  • add   salsa

Instructions

  1. Put the steak, cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, and bullion in a saucepan and cover with water.
  2. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer until the meat shreds easily with a fork.
  3. (this takes longer with tough cuts of meat) Remove meat from liquid, shred and put aside.
  4. Strain liquid and set aside.
  5. Spray a large skillet with non-stick spray and add onions and garlic.
  6. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  7. Add chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne and mix in well.
  8. Add salsa, chiles, and shredded meat and combine.
  9. Measure 1/2 cup of the meat cooking liquid and add to the mixture-- allow to simmer until the liquid is almost all absorbed.
  10. Spray a 13X9 inch glass baking dish with non-stick spray-- give it a fairly heavy coating of spray.
  11. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  12. Warm your torillas.
  13. Lay out one torilla put 1/6 of the mixture in the center and fold up the bottom end.
  14. Top with 1/6 of the shredded cheese.
  15. Fold the right side and then the left and roll up the chimichanga.
  16. Put seam side down in the glass dish-- fold remaining 5 chimichangas.
  17. Coat all the chimichangas with a very liberal coating of spray, and put dish into oven.
  18. Bake for 10 minutes and then carfully turn the chimichangas, spray again, and return the dish to the oven.
  19. After 5 more minutes turn the chimichangas once more, give them a good spray and return to the oven for 5 more minutes.
  20. When the chimichangas are crisp and golden brown they are ready for eating.
  21. Put them on plates and top with lettuce, tomato, beans, sour cream, guacamole, or salsa.