Cherry Cheesecake Chimichangas

Looking for a dessert that combines the creamy richness of cheesecake with the fruity burst of cherries, all wrapped in a crispy, cinnamon-sugar shell? Look no further than these Cherry Cheesecake Chimichangas! This innovative dessert takes the classic flavors of cheesecake to new heights, offering a delightful fusion of textures and tastes that are sure to impress. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply craving a special treat, these chimichangas are guaranteed to be a hit.


  • 6 (8-inch) soft flour tortillas
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups cherries from cherry pie filling
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Prepare the Filling: In a medium bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, 4 teaspoons of sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth and creamy. Gently fold in the cherries from the cherry pie filling until evenly distributed.
  2. Assemble the Chimichangas: Spoon a generous portion of the cherry cheesecake filling onto the center of each flour tortilla. Fold in the sides of the tortilla, then roll tightly to encase the filling. Secure the edges to prevent any leaks during frying.
  3. Prepare for Frying: Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or large pan to 350°F (175°C). Ensure the oil is hot enough to fully immerse the chimichangas for even frying.
  4. Mix Cinnamon Sugar: In a shallow dish, combine 1 tablespoon of cinnamon with 1/2 cup of sugar. Mix well to create the cinnamon sugar coating for the chimichangas. Set aside for later use.
  5. Fry the Chimichangas: Carefully place the assembled chimichangas into the hot oil, working in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. Fry each chimichanga until golden brown and crispy, approximately 2-3 minutes per side. Use tongs to flip them halfway through cooking for even browning.
  6. Coat with Cinnamon Sugar: Once fried, immediately transfer the chimichangas to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. While still warm, roll each chimichanga in the cinnamon sugar mixture until thoroughly coated. The warmth of the chimichangas will help the sugar adhere to the surface, creating a deliciously sweet crust.
  7. Serve: Arrange the cherry cheesecake chimichangas on a serving platter and garnish with optional toppings such as a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Serve warm and enjoy the irresistible combination of flavors and textures!

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Serve the Cherry Cheesecake Chimichangas warm for the best taste and texture.
  2. Consider topping each chimichanga with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for added indulgence.
  3. For a decorative touch, sprinkle some extra cinnamon sugar on top before serving.
  4. Arrange the chimichangas on a platter and garnish with fresh cherries or mint leaves for an elegant presentation.
  5. Pair these delicious treats with a cup of hot coffee or a glass of cold milk for a delightful dessert experience.

Storage Tips:

  1. Store any leftover chimichangas in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
  2. To reheat, place the chimichangas on a baking sheet and warm them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 5-7 minutes, or until heated through.
  3. Avoid storing chimichangas in direct contact with other foods to prevent them from becoming soggy.
  4. If freezing leftovers, wrap each chimichanga individually in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil before placing them in a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month.
  5. When ready to enjoy, thaw the chimichangas in the refrigerator overnight before reheating them according to the instructions above.


  1. Mixed Berry Cheesecake Chimichangas: Swap out the cherry pie filling for a mixture of your favorite berries such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. The vibrant colors and medley of flavors will add a delightful twist to the classic recipe.
  2. Chocolate Cheesecake Chimichangas: Add a decadent touch by mixing cocoa powder or melted chocolate into the cream cheese filling. You can also sprinkle chocolate chips inside the chimichangas before frying for an extra indulgent treat.
  3. Nutella Cheesecake Chimichangas: Spread a layer of Nutella onto each tortilla before adding the cream cheese filling. The combination of creamy Nutella and velvety cheesecake will create a heavenly dessert that’s perfect for chocolate lovers.
  4. Fruit Salsa Cheesecake Chimichangas: Instead of using canned pie filling, prepare a fresh fruit salsa using diced fruits such as mangoes, pineapples, and kiwis. Mix the fruit salsa with the cream cheese filling for a refreshing and tropical twist on the recipe.
  5. Caramel Apple Cheesecake Chimichangas: Replace the cherry filling with sliced apples cooked in caramel sauce. The sweet and tart flavor of the caramelized apples pairs perfectly with the creamy cheesecake filling, creating a delightful fall-inspired dessert.
  6. Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Chimichangas: Incorporate pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice into the cream cheese filling for a seasonal twist. Serve with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar for an extra festive touch.
  7. Banana Nut Cheesecake Chimichangas: Layer sliced bananas and chopped nuts such as pecans or walnuts onto each tortilla before adding the cream cheese filling. The combination of creamy bananas and crunchy nuts will add a delicious texture to the chimichangas.
  8. Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Chimichangas: Add fresh lemon zest and lemon juice to the cream cheese filling for a zesty kick. Fold in fresh blueberries before rolling the chimichangas for bursts of fruity flavor in every bite.


  1. Can I use different types of tortillas for this recipe? Yes, you can experiment with different tortilla varieties such as whole wheat, spinach, or flavored tortillas to add extra depth of flavor to your chimichangas.
  2. Can I bake these chimichangas instead of frying them? While frying gives the chimichangas their characteristic crispy texture, you can bake them in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown, for a healthier alternative.
  3. How can I make this recipe gluten-free? To make gluten-free chimichangas, use gluten-free flour tortillas or opt for corn tortillas instead. Ensure that all other ingredients used are gluten-free as well.
  4. Can I make the filling ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the cream cheese filling ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 24 hours before assembling and frying the chimichangas.
  5. What can I use instead of cherry pie filling? If you prefer homemade filling or have dietary restrictions, you can substitute cherry pie filling with fresh cherries, mixed berries, or any other fruit compote of your choice.
  6. How do I prevent the chimichangas from getting soggy? To avoid soggy chimichangas, make sure to drain any excess liquid from the cherry filling before assembling the chimichangas. Additionally, ensure that the oil is hot enough before frying to seal the tortilla quickly.

With just a few simple steps, you can create a dessert masterpiece that’s sure to wow your family and friends. These Cherry Cheesecake Chimichangas offer a delightful twist on traditional cheesecake, combining indulgent cream cheese filling with tangy cherries, all wrapped in a crispy, cinnamon-sugar shell. Whether served as a decadent finale to a special meal or enjoyed as a standalone treat, these chimichangas are guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave everyone asking for seconds. Try this recipe today and elevate your dessert game to new heights!