Impromptu Post: Gimme Chimis with Guacamole Con Alga Marina!

I’m sitting at my computer early on a Sunday morning catching up on emails. As it’s Father’s Day, I’m also thinking about what special meal I might make for dinner tonight. Hubby has some definite favorites, including these burgers. Oh and these burgers – okay, most burgers! But he loves any hearty meal that is tasty, whether a soup or casserole… and he also loves Mexican dishes. I got to thinking “what meal would he really like on Father’s Day… what would other dads really like?

These Gimme Chimis from eat, drink & be vegan came to mind – I haven’t made them in ages. I hadn’t planned to post today, but since I was thinking about this recipe and realized it’s one you may not know about – here we are!

There are great flavors going on in this meal, but also wonderful texture. Though these chimichangas aren’t deep-fried, the tortillas still become deliciously crisp on the seared edges, and then the filling is soft but also has some vegetable crunch. DO add all the spices! Even though you may think “really? … cinnamon? … cloves?Yes! It’s a very small amount that contributes a wonderful depth of seasoning.

Of course, don’t forget that guacamole in the background. Normally I don’t follow a recipe for guac. I typically just season up some mashed avocados with lemon juice and salt to taste. But, I’m including the recipe for this guacamole, because it’s a little special!

Gimme Chimis with Guacamole Con Alga Marina - by Dreena Burton - vegan

Gimme Chimis

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These chimis are spicy and smoky, but without intense “heat”. They are incredible served with the Guacamole Con Algo Marina (recipe below) and a salad with Cumin-Cinnamon Vinaigrette (in ed&bv).

1/2 – 1 tbsp olive oil or 1 tbsp water

1/2 cup onion, finely chopped (1 small onion)

2 medium-large cloves garlic, minced or pressed

1 tbsp chili powder

2 tsp dried oregano, crushed

1 – 1½ tsp chipotle hot sauce (I use Tabasco brand, can use more for extra heat if you like!)

1 tsp ground cumin

¼ tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground cloves

½ tsp sea salt

1 ½ cups julienned zucchini (or combination of zucchini and finely sliced green peppers)

½-3/4 cup tomatoes, coarsely chopped

1 14 oz. (398 m) can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)

½ cup chopped tempeh or chopped tofu  (or another ½ cup beans of any type)

1½ tbsp balsamic vinegar

4 – 10” whole grain tortillas (see note)

2 tbsp olive oil (for frying, if you have a very good non-stick pan, you can skip the oil)

Accompaniments for serving: Lime wedges (a must!), chopped cilantro or parsley, guacamole (see recipe) or chopped avocado, chopped fresh tomatoes, etc.

Heat the olive oil/water in a skillet over medium heat.  Add onion, garlic, chili powder, oregano, chipotle sauce, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, and salt and let cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Then add the zucchini and tomatoes, and let cook another 5-7 minutes until the veggies have softened.  Add beans and tempeh (or other choice), and stir through cooking for another 3-5 minutes.  Finally, stir in the vinegar and remove mixture from the heat.  Transfer mixture to a bowl or plate (scraping out all the filling from the pan) to cool a few minutes and then get ready to fill your tortillas (Preheat your oven to 425 degrees while preparing your chimichangas.  Lay out your tortillas, and spoon ¼ of the filling in the centre of each, leaving an inch or two on the top and bottom.  Bring the bottom edge over top of the filling, and begin to roll up the burrito, tucking in the sides as you go until fully rolled.  Heat the olive oil in your skillet over medium-high heat and place the burritos, folded side down into the pan.  Cook for a few minutes on each side to lightly brown and then either transfer chimichangas to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or if your skillet is oven-proof, then simply place your skillet in the oven.  Bake for about 15 minutes.  Remove and serve with any accompaniments you like! Serves 3-4.

Note: You can use 4 tortillas and make very large chimichangas, or use one or even two more tortillas to make them much thinner and less ‘stuffed’.

Guacamole con Alga Marina

Guacamole does not have to be complicated.  In fact, it’s one of the easiest, fastest – and most delicious – dips you can make.  This is a very basic recipe, made with the addition of kelp granules, which add a salty flavor along with some extra nutrition.   This recipe name translates literally to “guacamole with seaweed”, and this recipe name was offered up by a visitor to my website (and let’s face it, this recipe name makes this dish sound fantastically sophisticated)!

1 ½ – 1 ¾ cups avocado, cut in chunks (roughly 2 medium-large avocadoes, peels and stones removed)

1 – 1 ½ tbsp freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice

¼ tsp sea salt (a little scant)

1 tsp kelp granules (I use Maine Coast Sea Seasonings brand)

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients (starting with 1 tbsp of lemon juice) and mash.  Mash to desired consistency, keeping some chunkier pieces or mashing until fairly smooth.  Serve, seasoning to taste with additional sea salt and lemon/lime juice if desired (you may want the extra lemon juice and a touch more salt if using the full 1 ¾ cups of avocado). Serves 4 or more (maybe 2 in my house)! 😀

Note:  Want to enhance this guacamole?  I like it simple, as above, but you can certainly jazz it up and vary it from time to time.  Some options include chopped fresh tomatoes (about ½ cup), a finely chopped shallot, a clove of garlic (finely minced or pressed), finely chopped cilantro (about 1/3 cup), a few pinches of cumin, or a combination of some of these ingredients.

Note:  Since avocado oxidizes quickly, it’s best to serve this soon after making it so the guacamole doesn’t turn brownish.  If, however, you need to store it for an hour or more, see this post.

Do you have a special meal planned for Father’s Day? What are you making? 

Ok, I’m off to get organized for Father’s Day as this post was totally unplanned! Enjoy your time with the special dad in your life today.




  1. Corrin Radd says

    Made these tonight and they were great. I snuck a little kale in and added some homefries to the filling.

  2. says

    This has been a favorite of ours for a while. Sometimes when I’m feeling lazy I’ll just make the filling and serve with rice (and guac of course!). I agree with you, and Janae…definitely don’t skip the spices! The flavor in these chimis is fabulous and totally satisfying.

  3. says

    Dreena, this recipe was one of the first I tried of yours! I made this for a family get-together (non-vegans) & they all *loved* them. I love the addition of cinnamon & cloves–that’s one of the things I really like about your recipes, you add spices in combinations that I wouldn’t think to try & it makes things so interesting.

    Love it! Thanks for reminding me I need to make these again :)


    • Dreena says

      Emma, I thought it was pretty cool that you could spot the tempeh in this pic! No kidding you love it. :)

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