Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

2 Girls and a Pin tested Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

Originally pinned from Juanita’s Cocina, although the pin we got this one from actually takes you to a list of a ton of apple recipes, one of which is our lovely breakfast guest.

These little darlings have been staring at me from our Food 2 Test Queue Pinterest board for a while now. So, one Saturday afternoon I decided it was as a good time as any to give them a shot. That and I actually had the apples to sacrifice to the cause.

So, let’s see if this tastes as good as it looks.

Pandora Station: 2 Girls and a Pin

The Pandora station is the ever amazing Frank Sinatra. There’s just something about Saturday mornings and his awesomeness that sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Apples: 2 Girls and a Pin tested Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

The recipe calls for “baking apples.” I’m not really sure what that entails, so I went with the honeycrisp ones I had at the time.

Step 1: 2 Girls and a Pin tested Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

Step 1: Chop apples.

Like zis: 2 Girls and a Pin tested Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

Like so…

How cute are these!? 2 Girls and a Pin Cooking Accessories

How cute are these!? I got me some cute new cooking accessories…as if cooking needed any additional joy.

Let’s make that apple pie filling! First, we’ll mix the wet ingredients:

Step 2: 2 Girls and a Pin tested Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

Step 2: Add the water into a medium size sauce pan.

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Step 3: Then add the lemon juice.

Now, let’s combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl:

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Step 4: First up, cornstarch. I was just intimidating it by showing it where it will end up cooking. Pour that sucker into a bowl.

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Step 5: Next, the sugar.

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Step 6: Followed by some cinnamon.

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Step 7: And finally, some salt.

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Step 8: Add the dry ingredients to the water and lemon juice.

Whisk: 2 Girls and a Pin tested Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

Whisk everything together.

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Step 9: Bring to a boil.

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Step 10: Once boiling, cook the mixture for an additional 3 minutes (until the mixture becomes very thick).

While that was doing its thing, I went ahead and prepared the dipping area:

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Step 11: In a shallow dish, combine sugar.

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Step 12: And cinnamon.

For dipping: 2 Girls and a Pin tested Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

This is where we’ll dip our chimichangas when they’re done.

Back to the apple pie filling:

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Step 13: Add the chopped apples to the sauce mixture.

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Step 14: Gently stir and let simmer.

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Step 15: Let apples simmer until they become just tender (approximately 10-15 minutes).

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Step 16: I transferred the mixture to a bowl, since you’re supposed to let it cool.

All dressed up and nowhere to go: 2 Girls and a Pin tested Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

Get the assembly line ready and worry about the most horrible part – waiting for the apple mixture to cool.

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Step 17: Heat a small skillet with 1/2 inch of oil. I used canola.

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Step 18: Spoon apple pie filling across the bottom 1/3 of the tortilla.

I think I probably should have let the pie filling cool off a little more, but I just couldn’t wait anymore!!!

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Step 19: Now, this is where the original recipe lost me. She explains how to fold this, but I just don’t understand what she meant, so I just folded these like nice little, tightly packed burritos.

That's what makes you burrito: 2 Girls and a Pin tested Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

This is what my chimichangas ended up looking like…essentially an apple burrito.

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Step 20: Once oil is hot, fry your burritos on all sides until the tortilla turns golden brown. (approximately 30 seconds on each side).

Cover it up! 2 Girls and a Pin tested Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

If you have a grease shield, use it!

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Step 21: Remove the chimichangas to a paper towel-lined plate and allow to drain briefly.

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Step 22: Once drained, roll the warm chimichangas in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat.

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Step 23: You can cover the coated chimichanga with some of the caramely sauce from any leftover apple filling.

Voila: 2 Girls and a Pin tested Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

And VOILA! Breakfast/brunch/dessert is served!

Inside: 2 Girls and a Pin tested Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

This is what you can look forward to once you cut into these scrumptious beauties!

Ice Cream: 2 Girls and a Pin tested Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

You can probably get away with some vanilla ice cream on these.

Taste? 2 Girls and a Pin tested Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

So, ready for a taste?

Review

The ingredients: The recipe these glorious pieces of deep fried heaven were originally repinned from does great job in conveniently listing all the ingredients. The ingredient list is separated between what you need for the scrumptious apple pie-like filling, and what you’ll need to actually make the chimichangas. In terms of ingredient availability, everything that was used today you probably either already have in your fridge/pantry or you can easily find in your local supermarket.

The recipe: The original pin we found this recipe from actually takes you to a list of several different apple recipes, one of which was the recipe for the delicious cinnamon apple chimichangas. Fortunately, the list included the information on where they found these recipes, so we didn’t have to do too much digging.

These chimichangas are super easy and fun to make and this recipe is very easy to follow. The only step that I was a bit confused about was the chimichanga assembly, so I just went with what I knew – burritos! The original pin provides detailed step-by-step instructions and a good bit of images. But if you need more detail, follow 2girlsandapin as we prepared these babies, since we like to take pictures of every minuscule detail!

The flavor: These tasted unbelievable! As you may have gathered from the Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes experiment, I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon. But THESE were fantastic! It is the best of all worlds! Delicious, warm apples soaked in caramely tasting cinnamon sauce, wrapped in a coat of deep fried tortilla that provides the gentlest of containers for the gloriousness within! The significant other, who is coo coo for cinnamon raved about these and they were definitely a hit! The only downside to their fantastical flavor is that if you eat more than one, you will be sugared out! I actually skipped the sugar/cinnamon coating for the last few I fried, and this totally fixed the problem. If you want to stick to the original plan, adding some vanilla ice cream to soften the blow should totally do the trick as well.

Issues: The only issues I had with these was the little bit of a misunderstanding in terms of how to assemble these Avengers of deliciousness. The instructions were a little bit confusing, so I just went with assembling them like burritos. And as I mentioned in the Flavor section, the sugar/cinnamon coating may be a little overkill, so if you like your breakfast/brunch/dessert a little less on the sweet side, I’d suggest skipping the coating or adding some vanilla ice cream.

Comments: As much as I love deep fried anything, this is not the beast solution for my figure and health. So, next time I make these, and there most certainly will be a next time, I will try and see how these turn out baked. If you tried baking these yourself, please let us know how they turned out for you!

Final Verdict: This recipe’s yum factor is a resounding 10/10. They were absolutely fantastic and a perfect solution for when you’re not really in the mood to bake an apple pie!

6 comments on “Cinnamon Apple Chimichangas

  1. Did you try to bake them? I’m hosting a fiesta themed Thanksgiving dinner this year and I thought these would be a great twist on apple pie dessert. I was thinking of making them ahead and then baking them when we are getting ready for dessert.

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