Recipe Makeover: Chimichanga
Cha ching! The calorie count rises faster than a lawyer's bill when an overstuffed burrito hits the deep-fryer and gets covered in cheese. The classic chimichanga boasts 730 calories and 40g of fat. For the season of swimsuits and shorts, we'd thought we'd shave some calorie-filled layers off this heavy-handed classic.
731 calories each
41.3 grams total fat
1,358 milligrams sodium
296 calories each
10.3 grams total fat
625 milligrams sodium
Lighter Chimichanga Tip #1: Crispy Pan-Sear
We coat the chimichangas in cooking spray then pan-sear in a superhot skillet for a crispy, crunchy finish—not a drop of oil needed. Save 120 calories and 14g fat per chimichanga over the deep-fried version.
Lighter Chimichanga Tip #2: Portion Savvy
Downsizing from a typical 10-inch tortilla to an 8-inch saves 106 calories and 207mg sodium.
Lighter Chimichanga Tip #3: Fresh Toppers
Bright, fresh tomato salad and creamy, heart-healthy avocado tastefully top our chimichanga, replacing cheese and sour cream to save 106 calories and 7.5g sat fat per serving.