Crisp Chicken Burritos – Taco Time Style Chimichanga

Taco Time Crisp Chicken Burritos

If you’ve never had fried Crisp Chicken Burritos, you’re really missing out.  Most folks would just call these Chicken Chimichanga’s, and they wouldn’t be wrong either, but Taco Time likes to call them Crisp Burrito’s.  I filmed and posted Taco Time’s Fried Crisp Bean Burrito recipe a while back, which is their original recipe, and those are phenomenal but they introduced these a few years later, with their beef recipe, and they quickly became one of my new favorite burritos.  I order these every time I hit the drive through.  You can make the Beef Crisp Burritos, using this same concept, by referring to my Chili No Beans recipe, if you’re interested.

Crisp Chicken Burritos Filling

The filling recipe for these Crisp Chicken Burritos is very simple and easy to make.  It consists of four parts; cooked ground chicken, chopped onion, chopped green chili’s and cream cheese.  Technically you could get away with using canned chicken, if you want to make it even easier, but I find that cooking my own chicken tastes better and it reduces the sodium content drastically.  Now all you have to do is salt and pepper to taste.

Frying Crisp Chicken Burritos

The secret to Frying an open end Crisp Chicken Burrito is simple.  Place about 4 ounces of the chicken and cream cheese mix in the center of a flour tortilla and spread it thin in the middle, leaving about a half inch of space on each end of the tortilla.  Rolling the burrito tight is very important and sealing the end of the tortilla with a flour paste will insure that the burrito won’t unroll or unravel while frying.  I can use a tooth pic to keep them together, if you prefer, but this is the professional way to do it.

Crisp Chicken Burritos Ingredients:

16 Flour Tortillas

2 lbs Ground Chicken, Breast, Thighs or both
8 oz Cream Cheese
1/2 Onion, chopped
4 oz Green Chilies, chopped
1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika, (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Flour Paste
1/4 cup of flour
1/4 cup of water

Oil for frying

Follow the directions in my Crisp Chicken Burritos video tutorial and deep fry at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown.

Taco Salad

How to make Taco Salad

If you do it right, Taco Salad can be amazing.  It’s one of my wife’s all time favorites.  And she got really excited, when she heard me say that this was going to be my next video recipe post, because this salad has got it all.  I’m talking about, not only, a great selection of salad ingredients but an array of toppings that really make this recipe pop.  And it’s the combination of those ingredients that really make a great Taco Salad.

4 Major Taco Salad Ingredients

Unless you want to buy some of these pre-made ingredients, you’re going to need 3 other recipes and it doesn’t matter if you already have your favorite go to recipes or if you want to use mine.  Either way, it is essential that you have a nice and thick Chili No Beans, a good Guacamole and of course homemade fresh Salsa. I would highly recommend making all of these, beforehand, yourself because let’s face it, store bought Guacamole, Salsa and Chili, never really measure up.  But settling for canned ingredients isn’t the worst thing in the world and if that’s the way you decide to go, your salad will still turn out out pretty good.  But I would highly recommend going the extra mile on this one and make everything fresh.

The fourth major ingredient, in my opinion, is of course optional but I think is very necessary; Sour Cream.  No all you need is your favorite greens and chopped vegetables to make a salad and you’ll be well on your way.

Taco Salad Ingredients:

1 head Iceberg Lettuce, chopped or torn
1 Red Onion, sliced
4-6 Sweet Peppers, chopped
1 can Black Olives
1 Cucumber
8 oz Cherry Tomatoes
1 can Red Beans

2 cans Chili No Beans, RECIPE
1 pint Guacamole, RECIPE
8 oz Salsa, RECIPE
1 pint Sour Cream
1 lbs Cheddar Cheese

To make this Taco Salad, just follow the instructions in the video tutorial.

 

Tzatziki Sauce

The Best Tzatziki Sauce

This Greek Tzatziki Sauce recipe is about as good as it gets and it can be used for many different recipes.  My personal favorite is with Greek Gyros, just like the recipe I posted last week.  I promised you I would show you how to make this secret sauce so that you could finalize your own personal experience making these your self and I’m making good on that here today.  This sauce is sweet, creamy and full of flavor.  It’s exactly what every home cook needs in their refrigerator on a regular basis because it pairs so well with meats, seafood, vegetables and baked goods like Pita Bread, Pretzels and Bagels.

The Secret to Tzatziki Sauce

In my opinion, there are a few key ingredients that gives Tzatziki Sauce its unique and authentic taste.  Greek Yogurt is one of them.  It’s very rich, creamy and doesn’t taste much like American or other foreign yogurts.  White Wine Vinegar is the other ingredient that gives this recipe it’s flavor.  Not only is it added to the yogurt, it’s added to the grated cucumber with a pinch of kosher salt so it can marinate and release the juice that needs to be strained before it’s added to the sauce.  Dill is the herb that really enhances the flavor as well, so feel free to add as much as you like because Tzatziki Sauce is usually swimming with it.

Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients:

1 Cucumber, grated & juiced
1 pinch Salt and Pepper
1 tbsp White Wine Vinegar, mix with cucumber
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1 Garlic Clove, minced
3 tbsp Olive oil
2 tbsp White Wine Vinegar, mix with yogurt
1 tbsp Dill

Be sure to strain the cucumber juice after marination is complete and follow the instructions in the Tzatziki Sauce video recipe.