Air Fryer Beef & Bean Chimichangas

February 17, 2021Kristy
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Make a delicious dinner right at home with these Air Fryer Beef & Bean Chimichangas!

My husband loves chimichangas, so I knew at some point I had to try them in the air fryer.  Of course, I do most things gluten-free too and I will say these are better with flour tortillas, it’s really the best ones for them.  

Air Fryer Beef & Bean Chimichangas

If you do need them to be gluten-free try them with Mission Gluten-Free Tortillas.  These have the closest taste and texture to a regular flour tortilla.

In light of this particular recipe, we used the regular flour tortillas.

What size tortilla should you use for Air Fryer Chimichangas?

I actually went with the taco size tortillas, simply because I thought it was better portion size and was able to fit more in the air fryer. 

In using this size, the kids got the exact portion they needed and the adults could have more than one if they prefer.

Air Fryer Beef & Bean Chimichangas

If you do want the restaurant size chimichangas to use the burrito size tortillas.  If you use the burrito size tortillas, you will likely only be able to cook 2 at a time in the air fryer.

How do you fold the tortilla for a chimichanga?

Fill the chimichanga in the middle, once it’s filled, fold the sides closest to the filling up and then the other two sides in.  Think of it like wrapping a present. 

The key is simply to make sure it’s folded tight to hold in the filling.

As the chimichanga cooks, it’s going to seal the sides together.

Can you make Air Fryer Beef & Bean Chimichangas in the Ninja Foodi?

These can easily be made in the Ninja Foodi, making them a great Ninja Foodi Recipe option. 

If you use the Ninja Foodi, be sure to use the air crisp basket as well as the lid that is attached to the foodi.  

They will be cooked using the air crisp function. 

What do you need for Air Fryer Beef & Bean Chimichangas?

Air Fryer Beef & Bean Chimichangas

  • Ground Beef
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Refried Beans
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Toppings – Sour Cream, Lettuce, Tomato, Salsa, Avocado, Queso

The stuffing inside the chimichanga is very customizable, you can really use the ingredients that you like. 

We mixed together with the beans with the ground beef.  This can also be done with shredded chicken as well. 

Enjoy these Air Fryer Chimichangas!

Be sure to check out these Air Fryer Tacos too.

Air Fryer Beef & Bean Chimichangas

Air Fryer Beef & Bean Chimichangas

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Make delicious Air Fryer Chimichangas with these Air Fryer Beef & Bean Chimichangas!


  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Package Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup Refried Beans
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Colby Jack Cheese
  • 10 Taco Size Flour Tortillas or 5 Burrito Flour Size Tortillas
  • Toppings - Queso, Lettuce, Tomato, Sour Cream, Salsa


  1. Brown the ground beef and add the taco seasoning as instructed. If you are using a Ninja Foodi, you can do this in the foodi using the saute setting.
  2. Once the meat is cooked, mix in the refried beans.
  3. Add the mixture to the middle of each tortillas and top with shredded cheese.
  4. Fold the tortilla up to be sure that all the toppings are securely inside the tortilla.
  5. Spray the air fryer with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil spray.
  6. Place the chimichangas seam side down into the air fryer.
  7. Spray them with a coat of olive oil spray. This can also be done with avocado cooking spray.
  8. Cook at 360 degrees for 8 minutes. Check on them at 5 minutes to be sure they are cooking nicely.
  9. Once done they should be lightly browned on top and the tortilla will be nicely secured.


Remember all air fryers heat differently, be sure to check on these around the 5 minute mark to be sure they are cooking up well. With some air fryers they may need to be cooked for 10 minutes. The filling is already cooked, so the may thing is getting the tortilla cooked.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 580Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 986mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 29g

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  • Kelly

    June 25, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you for this recipe. They were super easy to make and were really good. I don’t like refried beans, but I gave them a try so I could try the recipe as written… and I was pleasantly surprised! Even my picky husband enjoyed them.

    1. Kristy

      June 25, 2019 at 8:51 pm

      So glad to hear that! I’m not a huge refried beans fan either but I tend to like them when they are mixed with something.

      1. Michelle

        January 10, 2021 at 7:44 pm

        I used 1/2 can black beans. OMGoodness, these came out perfect.

  • Michelle

    January 10, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Perfect!!!!!!! I’m excited to try many variations of this!

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