“Healthy” chili bean chimichanga

January 7th, 2018 | Posted by Mush in Food

In which there’s a picture of a food I ate!

I read a lot of recipes online, because they’re free and ubiquitous and frequently useful, if not just as written but for ideas, but they drive me nuts more often than not.

Calling a recipe delicious or easy or quick or inexpensive is fine, but there’s an army of chicks out there posting recipes they claim are “healthy” without defining what that means.

I just scanned half a dozen chimichanga recipes, and the two that claim to be “healthy” do so because they’re baked instead of fried… except one’s flash-fried before baking, and the other’s painted with butter then baked.

So, how does this differ—calorically or in fat content—from just, you know, fucking frying the things? I’d be willing to bet it doesn’t!

Chili bean chimichanga!

Now, this beauty here is a flour tortilla wrapped around chili beans, diced onions, and American cheese, fried in vegetable oil, and then smothered in enchilada sauce, grated cheddar, sour cream, and olives.

It’s pretty cheap, since I made the beans and gravy from scratch, but I’m not going to insinuate that it’s healthy simply because I didn’t use canned beans or sauce. Well, it’s got some fiber, sure, it’s vegetarian, and it’s happy-making because it’s delicious, but I’m not going to tell you it’s health food!

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