Cheats tuna melt chimichanga

Cheats tuna melt chimichanga

I love a chimichanga, the crisp tortilla and melted cheese, but I want something lighter in calories and fat.

You don’t need to dig out the deep fat fryer for this recipe, so here’s something I made quickly for lunch that ticked many boxes.

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Ingredients for 1 serving

140 g tuna chunks in brine or spring water, drained weight
1 tortilla wrap, size large
1/2 tsp English mustard
30 g mayonnaise, light
35 g cheddar cheese, grated
60 g avocado


  • Put a medium frying pan onto a medium heat to warm.
  • Drain the tuna and place it into a bowl with the mustard and mayonnaise before mixing throughly.
  • Arrange the tortilla onto a chopping board, and using a microplane grater grate half of the cheddar down the centre of the tortilla.
  • Now arrange the tuna mix down the centre of the tortilla on top of the cheddar and then grate the remaining cheddar on top.
  • Fold the sides of the tortilla and carefully place the tortilla into the warming frying pan, folded sides down.
  • Leave this to brown for a couple of minutes before turning over to brown the other side.
  • In the meantime, peel and chop the avocado and arrange this onto your plate.
  • By this time the second side of the tortilla should be golden brown and the cheese melted.
  • Remove the chimichanga from the pan and pop it onto a chopping board to cut in half and arrange it onto the plate.
  • Try not to eat this too quickly, the hot melted cheese might slow you down!

Recipe Notes

  • I prefer to use tuna chunks in brine.
  • Why not make a double portion of the tuna mix ready for the following day!.
  • The English mustard gives a lovely flavour rather than heat, but feel free to use another mustard if you’d prefer.

Nella Foulds
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