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.

Taco Salad

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.

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.

 

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.