Crisp Chicken Burritos – Taco Time Style Chimichanga

Crisp Chicken Burritos

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

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.

Crisp Chicken Burritos

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.

Mac and Cheese with Shrimp

Mac and Cheese

The Best Mac and Cheese has Shrimp

I love this Mac and Cheese recipe and I’m not one to ever order Macaroni and Cheese at any restaurant, either.  Not because I don’t like it.  I just don’t think that most restaurants, especially the major chains, make a quality dish.  So I put together a Cheese Sauce that has a real nice balance of flavor and adding shrimp helps bring out a nice seafood stock kind of taste.  Lobster would be a fantastic alternative, if you’d like to step it up, but you don’t have to add any seafood to this dish at all if you’re not into shell fish.  The other ingredients, listed down below, make one of the best Mac ‘N Cheese sauces on the planet.

Mac and Cheese

My Mac and Cheese Secret

Most Mac and Cheese recipes use Milk, Flour and Cheddar Cheese but I don’t use any of those and I’ll tell you why.  Milk makes the sauce thin.  That’s why the flour is needed and I think it makes the sauce taste bland and chalky.  The Cheddar Cheese keeps it simple, whether you use sharp, medium or mild.  Simple may be fine in some kitchens and if that’s all you’ve got, by all means, use it but keeping it simple means it tastes simple.  I know that some recipes are great when they’re simple.  But if you’re able to trick it up a bit by adding a variety of different cheese, why not control the outcome with perfect balance for your specific tastes.  That’s why I use Colby Jack, Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese.

Mac and Cheese with Shrimp Ingredients:

8 oz Pasta, cooked
1 1/2 doz Shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tbsp butter
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
1 1/2 cup Half & Half
1 tsp Bouillon, Tomato/Chicken or Beef
1 tsp Oregano, dried
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 cup Colby Jack cheese
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional Ingredients
1 Green Onion, chopped
2 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
3 Bacon Strips, cooked

Watch and follow the Mac and Cheese with Shrimp Video Tutorial for specific directions about making this recipe.

Tri Tip with Chimichurri Sauce

Tri Tip

The Best Tri Tip

If you’re looking for an easy yet amazing Tri Tip recipe, you’ve come to the right place.  This steak is marinated with a rub seasoning, I use on my Texas Style Brisket, with one other secret ingredient that will surprise you.  Plus, it’s topped off with a Chimichurri Sauce that is, out of this world, incredible.  So you get one of the most tender and juicy beef steaks, that is seasoned and seared on the grill and baked to perfection, with one of the best meat condiments ever created.

Tri Tip

Cooking a Tri Tip Perfectly

One of the main secrets to a great Tri Tip is locking in the juice with a sear and cooking low and slow.  That means paying real close attention to the internal temperature while it grills, smokes or bakes.  In this recipe I use both the grill and the oven to get the temperature I want.  And since my personal tastes fall into the “medium rare” category, my target temp is around 130 degrees Fahrenheit.  Using an external meat thermometer helps meat get there perfectly because I can monitor the temp, outside of the oven, with out disturbing the cooking process by opening and closing the door.  And this can be done with grills and smokers as well.  So once you’ve decided your preferred cooking method of choice, you can set it and forget it.

Tri Tip Ingredients

1 Trip Tip Steak 3 to 4 lbs.
Salt and Pepper to taste

Brisket Rub
1/2 cup Smoked Paprika
2 tbsp Kosher Salt
2 tbsp Black Pepper
2 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Chili Powder
1 tbsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder

Mix 3 parts Brisket Rub with 1 part Coffee grains.
Click Here for Chimichurri recipe.

Follow the instructions in the Tri Tip video tutorial.