Deep fried Cheesecake Chimichangas have a creamy cheesecake filling stuffed into a tortilla. The entire treat is rolled in cinnamon sugar for a rich and delicious dessert.

Cheesecake chimichangas on a platter.
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Deep fried cheesecake chimichangas are so easy to make but turn out fabulous. This recipe is so amazing without much work. The crispy tortilla is stuffed with cheesecake filling for so much flavor.

It’s a great snack or dessert that is easy enough for busy moms. I also love to make Strawberry Cheesecake Tacos and Churro Cheesecake Recipe.

Why we love this recipe:

This recipe is an easy dessert to enjoy all of the flavors of cheesecake without the work. The filling is so delicious, and the outside is perfectly crispy.

The coating on the outside takes it up a level for a sweet and tasty treat.


Ingredients for Cheesecake chimichanga- vanilla, cream cheese, tortillas, sour cream, oil, sugar.
  • Cream Cheese, softened at room temperature 
  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Vanilla Extract 
  • Sour Cream 
  • Small 6” Flour tortillas 
  • Vegetable Oil, for frying 


  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Ground Cinnamon 
  • Caramel Sauce (optional) 

Find the complete list of ingredients at the bottom of the post.

Recipe variations:

  • Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas. If you love strawberries, fold in ¾ cup sliced strawberries to the cream cheese mixture.
  • Larger tortillas. You can use the 8″ tortillas instead of the smaller size if you prefer.
  • Add mini chocolate chips to the cheesecake filling. Gently fold this together.
  • Nutella fans might like a dollop of Nutella inside the dessert. It combines with the cheesecake for a great treat.
  • Double coat in cinnamon and sugar for an extra sugary coating.
  • Powdered Sugar. Sprinkle powder sugar all over for another great idea.

How to make cheesecake chimichangas:

Mixing bowl with cream cheese.

Step 1. Combine the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy.

Mixing bowl with sugar and sour cream added.

Step 2. Add the sugar, vanilla and sour cream. Combine the ingredients.

Mixture adding to each tortilla.

Step 3. While the oil is heating, make the chimichangas. Use a piping bag to add the cheesecake mixture to the bottom half of each tortilla.

Chimichanga rolled up and sides tucked in.

Step 4. Once you pipe the mixture, roll the tortillas up and make sure to tuck in the sides. You will need to secure each one close with a toothpick.  

Platter of fried chimichangas on a paper towel lined plate.

Step 5. Place in the hot oil in a dutch oven or pan. Fry each side for approximately 2-4 minutes until they are golden brown and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon. Allow excess grease to drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

Cinnamon and sugar added to each chimichanga..

Step 6. Whisk together the cinnamon and sugar. Roll the outside of the hot chimichangas into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat them. Drizzle with caramel and enjoy.

Cheesecake chimichangas topping ideas:

One of my favorite combinations is whipped cream, ice cream and strawberries.

Cheesecake chimichangas cut in half on a platter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make these in the air fryer?

Form the chimichangas as normal. Spray with cooking spray and place in the air fryer basket.
They will need to bake for 6 minutes at 400 degrees. At the halfway point, flip each one and continue cooking.
They should be crispy and delicious.

Can you make in advance?

Sometimes, I need to make these ahead of time. Simply assemble these several hours before you need them.

Place inside an airtight container with lid or you can use plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to cook.

Another option is to make the filling in advance. The filling can be refrigerated up to 2 days before making the chimichangas if needed.

How to store?

Chimichangas are best eaten fresh. However, don’t toss the leftovers. Store them inside a container or cover with plastic wrap in the fridge.

Refrigerate up to 2 days.

How to reheat leftovers?

These are best reheated in the oven or toaster oven for 6 to 7 minutes or until crispy. I do not recommend using the microwave because they will be soft and not as crispy.

You can also use the air fryer to reheat for 4 to 5 minutes.
They will lose some of their initial crispiness but will still be crisp if reheated with one of these options.

Pro Tips:

  • The cinnamon and sugar coating will adhere better when the chimichangas are hot. Dust right away for best results.
  • Make sure the cream cheese is softened for the smoothest texture. The mixture will be easier to beat.
  • Don’t crowd the chimichangas while frying. You may need to fry these in several batches depending on the size of your pan.
Cheesecake chimichangas on a platter.

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Cheesecake Chimichangas

4.75 from 12 votes
Deep fried Cheesecake Chimichangas have a creamy cheesecake filling stuffed into a tortilla. The entire treat is rolled in cinnamon sugar for a rich and delicious dessert.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine Mexican
Course Dessert
Calories 307



  • Beat together the cream cheese until light and fluffy.  Then add in the sugar, vanilla extract and sour cream.  Then mix until well combined.
  • Heat up vegetable oil in a saucepan. You will want to line the bottom of the pan with approximately 2″ of oil. Heat on medium heat until the oil is hot (2-4 minutes).
  • While the oil is heating up, put approximately 2-3 Tablespoon of the cheesecake mixture into the bottom half of each tortilla and roll-up tucking in on the sides of the tortillas (like a chimichanga). Secure each one close with a toothpick.
  • Then place the prepared chimichangas in the oil and fry each side for approximately 2-4 minutes until they are golden brown.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon for the toppings and roll the hot chimichangas into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat them.
  • Serve topped with the caramel sauce drizzled on top and the chimichangas are ready to serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 307kcal, Carbohydrates 40g, Protein 4g, Fat 15g, Saturated Fat 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 37mg, Sodium 287mg, Potassium 91mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 28g, Vitamin A 471IU, Vitamin C 0.1mg, Calcium 84mg, Iron 1mg

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