Air Fryer Chimichangas

Make these Air Fryer Chimichangas for a delicious and healthier version of the favorite Mexican dish. Use your favorite filling and condiments and you will have a fast and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!

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One of my guilty pleasures is ordering a huge fried chimichanga at a Mexican restaurant. The flaky, greasy outside and deliciously filled inside is a combo that’s hard to resist. But, it comes with a hefty calorie price that I would rather avoid if possible.

Enter the Air Fryer Chimichanga! You still get a crispy outside and a delicious filling inside, but a lot fewer calories and guilt. Yay! These come together pretty quickly if you are using meat that has already been cooked. This is a great recipe for leftover meat in the fridge or a quick and easy meal for any weeknight. This recipe makes 2 large chimichangas but can easily be doubled.

shredded beef chimichanga made in the air fryer cut in half

Ingredients Needed to Make Air Fryer Chimichangas

  • flour tortillas, burrito size
  • filling of choice: cooked meat or veggies
  • black beans or pinto beans
  • diced green peppers
  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • avocado slices or guacamole
  • sliced jalapeños

How to Make Chimichangas in the Air Fryer

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, warm up the meat, beans, and green peppers together.
  2. Warm-up your tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds so they are warm and pliable. Place half of the filling mixture into the middle of the tortilla. Wrap the tortilla as tightly as you can just like a burrito.
  3. Spray the air fryer basket and then place both rolled up tortillas inside. Spray the top of the chimichangas with non-stick spray and air Fry them at 350° for 8 minutes. Flip, spray, and heat for another 4 minutes on the other side.
  4. Add your favorite toppings and condiments and enjoy!
chimichangas in air fryer basket after air frying

Filling and Topping Suggestions

For this recipe, I used my Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Beef. You could also use Carnitas, rotisserie chicken, or ground beef cooked in taco seasoning. If you are not a meat-eater, you can stuff these chimis with roasted veggies or just beans and rice!

Toppings and condiments are super important in my house and can take an “ok” meal to an AMAZING meal. Here are some ideas for what to put on top of your chimichangas (or inside):

  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • sliced avocados or guacamole
  • shredded lettuce
  • black olives
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • fresh cilantro
air fryer chimichanga with toppings

My favorite Air Fryer is an Attachment for my Instant Pot!

There are so many different types of air fryers out there now, and each one is slightly different. There are countertop air fryers, air fryer ovens, and air fryer attachments to name a few. I have the Mealthy CrispLid attachment for my Instant Pot and I love it! It fits right on top of my Instant Pot and has a glass lid so I can see what’s happening to my food while air frying. It is a little smaller than some other air fryers out there, but it’s the perfect size for my family and worked perfectly for these chimichangas.

What If I Don’t Have An Air Fryer?

No Air Fryer? No problem! You can make baked chimichangas in the oven and get a similar result! Brush the top of the chimichangas with butter or olive oil to get a nice brown and crispy outside. Bake at 400º for about 25 minutes.

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air fryer chimichanga with sour cream, avocado, lettuce, tomato and onion on top

Air Fryer Chimichangas

Air Fryer Chimichangas are easy to make and much healthier than the fried version!
5 from 19 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, American-Mexican
Keyword: air fryer, air fryer chimichangas, air fryer dinner, air fryer recipe, chimichangas, easy dinner,, fast dinner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • tongs
  • non-stick spray
  • foil

Ingredients

  • 2 flour tortillas, burrito size
  • 2 cups filling of choice: meat or veggies
  • ½ can black beans, rinsed (or pinto beans)
  • 1 small can of diced green peppers (4 oz. can)

Toppings and Condiments

  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • avocado or guacamole
  • diced tomatoes and onions

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix the meat, beans, and green peppers together, stirring occasionally.
    shredded beef with mexican spices, green chiles and black beans in a pan
  • Warm-up your tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds so they are warm and pliable. This makes it easier to roll the filling inside. Place half of the filling mixture into the middle of the tortilla, draining as much liquid as you can before you put it on. Wrap the tortilla, nice and tight, just like a burrito.
    chimichangas on air fryer basket before cooking
  • Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick and then place the chimichangas inside. Spray the top of them with non-stick spray and cook them at 350° for 8 minutes. Flip, spray again, and cook for another 4 minutes on the other side. At this point, your chimichangas should be done but if you want them a little more brown, you can cook on the first side for a few more minutes.
    chimichangas in air fryer basket after air frying
  • Add your favorite toppings and condiments and enjoy!
    air fryer chimichanga with toppings

Notes

  • This recipe is assuming you are using meat that has already been cooked. If you need to cook the meat first, this will add a little time to the total.
  • You can also brush the top of the chimichangas with butter before cooking if desired.
  • Place tin foil at the bottom of your air fryer for easy cleanup!
  • Always read the instruction manual that came with your Air Fryer and follow all safety guidelines.
air fryer chimichanga with sour cream, avocado, and cilantro
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