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Self-control. Let’s talk about that…

Allow me to define it, please.

Self-control is when your face is staring at these Ice Cream Chimichangas and the only thing you can do is stare back. And photograph them. Can’t touch, can’t lick, can’t bite…

That, my friends, is self-control.

Have I told you lately that I love… ice cream?

There’s a bunch of ice cream recipes on here that could give that away. There is that Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream Cake from last week… Then we have Peanut Butter Cup Ice cream, and the amazing Tiramisu Ice Cream… just to name a few. It’s my favorite dessert. Especially soft serve,¬†when it is just at the melting point. YUM! That’s why I am crazy about these chimichangas.

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The first time I had an ice cream chimichanga was waaaaay back in the day at this hole in the wall restaurant that served the best Mexican food I had ever tasted. When they brought out my chimichanga, my face lit up like a Christmas tree. Then, when I cut into the chimichanga, OH.MY.GAH! I wanted to cry because I was so damn happy!

I mean, look, it’s ice cream and it’s fried! Cha-ching!! All I could think was, Helllloooooo my new love! Why haven’t we met?!? And, did they just introduce me to what is to become my new favorite dessert of all time?! Heck yes they did!!

My life changed at that very moment. Dairy Queen was no longer going to cut it. I had to make some changes.

Thus I started making my own. And you should, too.

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Heat up the oil, take out the ice cream, and grab some tortillas – you need these in your life. Believe me!


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Ice Cream Chimichangas
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Deep-fried tortillas filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with cinnamon sugar.
Serves: Serves 4
  • 4 (6-inch) Flour Tortillas
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream, divided
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cinnamon
  • oil for frying
  1. Spoon ice cream onto each tortilla.
  2. Roll it up, tucking in the ends, like a burrito.
  3. Set on a large plate or baking sheet, seam-side down, and freeze for at least 2 hours. I let them sit for 4 hours because they need to be frozen solid.
  4. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a shallow plate and set aside.
  5. Heat the oil in a deep pan over medium-high heat.
  6. Fry the chimichangas for about 1 minute, flip and continue to cook for a few seconds longer.
  7. Roll the chimichangas in the cinnamon sugar.
  8. Serve.
Prep Time includes freezing time.

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  1. Ice Cream Magic May 27, 2013 at 8:38 AM - Reply

    Having ice cream chimichangas is a different way of enjoying ice cream. Great post.

  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook May 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM - Reply

    If I live at your home, I’d worry less about “self-control” or I don’t even have that word in my dictionary. This looks so good! I know you ate 3 of these instantly after photo shoot. I love ice cream shooting (also hate at the same time because of difficulty).

  3. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM - Reply

    Amazing! I’m coming over your house for Cinco de Mayo!

  4. Joan@Chocolate and More May 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM - Reply

    You have just taken Ice Cream to a whole new level! My daughter and I were planning on making flour tortillas today, now I’m going to have to put a few to the side so I can make this as a fun treat this week, I can’t wait!

  5. Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) May 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM - Reply

    One word: AWESOME!!!!

    (and congrats on the feature!)

  6. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 4, 2013 at 3:56 AM - Reply

    I could see why these would be hard to resist! I’m crazy for ice cream too.

  7. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen May 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM - Reply

    Girl, you are nothing but TROUBLE! :) I love you and your recipes…and, this one is truly out-of-this-planetary-stratosphere! I adore fried ice cream and this is a waaay toooo convenient and easy recipe for me to possess! Dangerous, I tell you! Happily pinning, though…and, will make LOL! xo

  8. ashley - baker by nature May 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM - Reply

    This is pure genius!!! I must have one!

  9. lee May 3, 2013 at 9:51 AM - Reply

    I do this with cheesecake instead of ice cream. Its also amazing because you can put ice cream on top… enjoy!

    • Katerina Petrovska May 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM - Reply

      OMG! That is a brilliant idea! I am SO going to do that! Thanks for sharing!! :-D

      • lee May 3, 2013 at 10:07 AM - Reply

        you don’t need to freeze them if you use one of the store-bought frozen cheesecakes. And don’t put too much cheese cake in the tortilla, it’s important for frying to get a good wrap, and not leak out the sides. =) enjoy!!!

  10. Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) May 2, 2013 at 8:19 PM - Reply

    OMG! These look insanely good! And they’re so easy to make. Not sure if that’s a Good thing or not ;)

  11. Anne@FromMySweetHeart May 2, 2013 at 7:52 PM - Reply

    Oh Kate…these are just killer! I commend you on your restraint while photographing them! Crunchy fried dough and sweet creamy ice cream. Gah says it all! : )

  12. Carol | a cup of mascarpone May 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM - Reply

    Are you kidding me Kate! Hold me back!!!

  13. Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog) May 1, 2013 at 10:15 PM - Reply

    Self control? What is that? Back in my hometown, I remember my family and I loved ordering apple filled chimichangas……oh my goodness YUM!!!! Your chimis are lookin’ pretty rockin’ my friend, especially with delicious ice cream!!! Hugs, Terra

  14. Meghan May 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM - Reply

    These look beyond! Must make!!

  15. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen May 1, 2013 at 5:08 PM - Reply

    These look amazing and I seriously love your photos – totally stunning!

  16. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite May 1, 2013 at 4:02 PM - Reply

    These look great and such a fun idea!

  17. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet May 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM - Reply

    These look absolutely amazing!! I have so got to try this like, NOW!

  18. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen May 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM - Reply

    Total genius!

  19. steph@stephsbitebybite May 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM - Reply

    These are so fun and such a great spin on chimichangas!

  20. Valerie May 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM - Reply

    I discovered fried ice cream at a hole in the wall restaurant too (maybe it was the same one!). These chimichangas are calling to me!!

  21. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama May 1, 2013 at 11:45 AM - Reply

    I recently did a cheesecake version….. now I NEED these ones too!

  22. Megan @ Pip and Ebby May 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM - Reply

    You are right. I DO need these in my life! They look even more delicious than the restaurant version!

  23. Marilyn May 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM - Reply

    I just died and went to heaven!

  24. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts May 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Reply

    Gorgeous photos, Kate! I’m very impressed with your styling. In my Learn Food Photography challenge one of our assignments was to sketch out a shoot before setting it up. I’m thinking this type of dish would be an excellent time to have the sketch in mind so that it would go semi-smoothly once the food was ready.

  25. Denise Browning@From Brazil To You May 1, 2013 at 7:46 AM - Reply

    Kate: What a great dessert!!! I’d be delighted to try it…You did a great job photographing these chimichangas. Real ice cream is not an easy thing to photograph.

  26. Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 30, 2013 at 11:33 PM - Reply

    You’ve done it again, these look fabulous! I’m drooling :).

  27. A_Boleyn April 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM - Reply

    I thought fried ice cream balls were good but I think these must come pretty close from the description. :)

    • Katerina Petrovska April 30, 2013 at 11:22 PM - Reply

      I’ve had those, too, in Macedonia! They are pretty awesome! :)

  28. mjskit April 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM - Reply

    OMG! I would definitely not be able to stop eating these if you set a plate in front of me! These look SO, SO, SO, SO good! Bet this was the shortest photography session you’ve had in a long time. :)

    • Katerina Petrovska April 30, 2013 at 11:04 PM - Reply

      It was so hard to photograph these because I wanted the melted ice cream to show, but I was trying to hurry up because I didn’t want it to look like milk, either! And, all I really wanted to do was eat them! :-D

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