***Disclosure: I participated in the McCormick’s Skillet Sauce® blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program. As always, all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Anyway, when I seem to have a zillion things on my plate, I don't always have hours and hours to spend in the kitchen. I love to cook and don't mind preparing elaborate, time-consuming dishes. But let's face it: Sometimes, ain't no one got time for that.
What's a stressed out mama to do when hunger strikes and she doesn't have time to leisurely make a 5 course meal? Well, I'll tell you one thing that I do. I make my life easier by keeping some McCormick® Skillet Sauces on hand. They sure come in handy on nights when I am short on time, but don't want to sacrifice flavor.
Whether you like tangy BBQ, comfort food classics, spicy Mexican creations, or even Asian-inspired stir-fry dishes, these ready to use sauces have got you covered.
- Fajita with Roasted Chili, Garlic & Lime Skillet Sauce
- Fire Roasted Garlic Chili Skillet Sauce
- Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry Skillet Sauce
- Sicilian Chicken with Tomato, Basil & Garlic Skillet Sauce
- Smoky Applewood BBQ Chicken with Bacon Skillet Sauce
- Sweet & Smoky Sloppy Joes Skillet Sauce
- Taco with Chipotle & Garlic Skillet Sauce
McCormick® Skillet Sauces are available at Walmart, and they're located near the gravy mixes, taco seasoning packets, and chili starters. I think you'll be delighted to hear that these skillet sauces are well under $2.00 per pouch. Convenient and economical. Score!
Each packet has a recipe on the back. These recipes are quick, easy, and only require a few ingredients. These options are perfect for days when the pantry is lacking but you're simply too exhausted to head to the store.
Recently, I picked up a couple of Taco with Chipotle & Garlic Skillet Sauce. Rather than making tacos, which would be too easy, I decided to make my cheesy chimichangas. Normally, I create a spice mix from scratch, and simmer my taco meat for over an hour. This time, I saved tons of time and work by letting the McCormick® Skillet Sauce work its magic.
Just 10 short minutes later, I was ready to assemble my chimichangas. I used flour tortillas for this. On each tortilla, I started with a nice helping of shredded taco blend cheese. On top of the cheese, I add a generous heap of my taco meat, sprinkled with some sliced black olives.
Roll each tortilla around the filling, making sure to tuck in the edges. You don't want that delicious filling coming out during the baking process! Place each chimichanga, seam side down, into a baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
Next, take about 2 tablespoons of melted butter and brush it on the top of your chimis. You want a nice, generous coating, since this is what makes the tortillas become browned, crisp and flavorful. If you don't want to use butter, I suppose margarine or even cooking spray would work just fine. I just prefer the real deal.
Bake in an oven that's been pre-heated to 375 F. These need some time to bake, but it's worth every second. Your chimis will be baked to perfection in about 35 minutes, or whenever they're crispy and golden brown. Every oven is different, so be sure to check them every so often till you get your desired amount of doneness.
On top of the cheese, I add some fresh tomato and cilantro salsa, and a few slices of pickled jalapenos. Like I said, these babies are exploding with flavor, and rival anything you'll find at your local Mexican joint.
I have to say, I was absolutely thrilled to discover that using the McCormick® Skillet Sauce wasn't only a convenient short-cut, it was also a homerun in the flavor department. My meat was perfectly seasoned. It had a nice smokiness, with a hint of heat and garlic. It tasted incredibly fresh, and was a huge improvement over dry seasoning packets, in my humble opinion.
These chimichangas were not only crisp and flavorful, they were also a cinch to make. Perfect for those busy weeknight meals!
Here's my recipe, if you'd like to give it a shot. Trust me, this is worth pinning for future meal inspiration!
Brandy's Easy Cheesy Chimichangas
(makes 8 servings)
- 1lb ground chuck
- 1 McCormick® Skillet Sauce in Taco with Chipotle & Garlic
- 8 flour tortillas, soft taco sized
- 1 small can sliced black olives (optional)
- 1/2 cup salsa of your choosing
- 1.5 cups shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
- 1/2 cup Mexican Dipping Cheese (in the tub!)
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 2.5 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
- Jalapeno slices or tomatoes to garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Spray large rectangular baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
- Crumble 1lb ground chuck into a skillet. Make sure the burner is set to med/high heat. Cook until meat is browned.
- Drain meat, return to skillet.
- Add the contents of your McCormick® Skillet Sauce packet.
- Stir well, making sure the sauce is combined with the meat.
- Simmer for 10 minutes, letting those flavors marry.
- On your flour tortillas, add a generous layer of shredded cheese. Top with a heaping scoop of your taco meat. Top with black olives, if desired.
- Fold tortillas, burrito-style. Make sure to tuck the edges in, and place them seam-style down in your baking dish.
- Repeat with remaining tortillas until all the filling has been used. This recipe usually makes 8 chimichangas in my house.
- Grab your melted butter and a basting brush. Baste each chimichanga liberally with butter. You may substitute with margarine or even cooking spray, if you desire.
- Bake at 375 F for about 35 minutes, or until chimis are brown and crisp.
- Add a nice bed of chopped lettuce to your plate.
- On top of the lettuce, place a chimichanga. 2 if you're really hungry!
- Drizzle your melted Mexican Dipping Cheese over the crisp chimichangas.
- Add some fresh salsa.
- Garnish with jalapeno or tomato, if desired.
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What are your favorite no-fuss, weekday meals? I'd love to hear your ideas!