Taquitos for everyone! Make these baked taquitos and every day becomes Taco Tuesday!
Taquitos (which literally translate to little tacos), are easy to make and always a hit. Tacos are life. Can we just agree on that? So if tacos are life (which they are), does that mean taquitos are little life? Hashtag, things to ponder.
Flour tortilla – Burrito size, you could also use corn tortillas if you prefer.
Chicken – Cooked and shredded. (Here’s how we make easy baked chicken breasts). You can also use canned chicken for this recipe!
Mexican/Fiesta blend cheese – Any shredded cheese you love will work, but this is our favorite.
Taco seasoning – I like to keep a large container of seasoning on hand. We make a lot of tacos!
Optional: Olive oil
How do you make taquitos?
First, mix together chicken, cheese, and taco seasoning.
Then, cut each tortilla in half, and starting at the wide end, make a line of meat/cheese. Roll tightly and set on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Next, spray or baste with olive oil (this is optional, but it will help them brown), and bake until browned and cooked through.
Finally, cut in half and serve!
Taquitos for snack
Regardless, I remember many many a college night going to my freezer to raid the box of taquitos for a midnight snack and now as an adult (when did that happen???) they make a super fantastic after school snack for the kids.
And as it turns out – the recipe for taquitos is ridiculously simple.
My taquitos recipe is a whopping four ingredients. Seriously. Chicken, cheese, spices, and flour tortillas. Yes, yes. I’m a flour tortilla taquitos gal. If you prefer corn, no big, just use corn.
But flour is where it’s at in this house. Hashtag, flour power. Yes, I went there.
How do you cook taquitos?
If you’re only making enough for an afternoon (or midnight) snack, then the toaster oven works perfectly. No need to heat up the whole house with your oven. I like to use the large tortillas. Each large tortilla makes four (yes, four!!!) taquitos. You’re welcome.
While taquitos make a fantastic afternoon snack, they’re also the perfect (perrrrrrfect) party or game-day appetizer. Make a whole tray of them in your oven and serve with some Cilantro Garlic Sauce or Roasted Tomato and Garlic Salsa!
The only downside is that your friends may never leave your house. But, maybe they’ll do dishes?
What type of chicken in Taquitos
Ready for a truth bomb? I’m about to lay some knowledge down that you might not agree with. And if you don’t agree. Let’s still be friends anyway. M’kay? So. The thing is most of the time for this recipe I use canned chicken.
Phew, I said it. Are you still here?
For real though, canned chicken works perfectly in this recipe and keeps it so low muss low fuss that it’s really hard to argue against. I’m totally on #teamcanned meat, but if you just can’t wrap your head around it, then by all means – feel free cook and shred your own chicken. I won’t stop you!
Preparation and Storage
Can you make taquitos ahead of time?
You can make taquitos a day in advance and keep them in the refrigerator, or as many as several days or weeks in advance and keep them in the freezer. I don’t suggest keeping prepared uncooked taquitos in the refrigerator for more than a day though, as they can become soggy.
Keep prepared taquitos in a sealed container where they won’t be disturbed when moved (like a tupperware, not a freezer bag).
Can you freeze taquitos?
You can freeze taquitos both before and after cooking. If freezing before cooking, it is best to freeze them on a flat surface, like a baking sheet. Once they have frozen solid, they can be moved into a freezer bag for more convenient storage.
If freezing after cooking, the taquitos should be sturdy enough to put directly into a freezer bag. Make sure they have cooled completely before freezing.
How do you reheat taquitos?
Taquitos are best reheated in an oven or toaster oven so they will crisp back up. In an oven, bake at 350 degrees on the center rack for about ten minutes. In a toaster oven, set to medium toast and cook until heated and browned.
If you’re not worried about crispiness, then go ahead and pop them in the microwave for 30 – 60 seconds!
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How to make Taquitos
- 6 large flour tortillas burrito size
- 1 can chicken drained (12.5 ounce) -or- 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
- 1 cup shredded Mexican/Fiesta blend cheese
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- optional: olive oil
- In a bowl, mix together chicken, cheese, and taco seasoning.
- Cut each tortilla in half, then starting at the wide end, make a line of meat/cheese.
- Roll tightly and set on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Spray or baste with olive oil (this is optional, but it will help them brown), and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
- Cut in half and serve with Cilantro Garlic Sauce or Restaurant Style Roasted Tomato and Garlic Salsa.
This Taquitos recipe was originally a partnered effort with Mirum and Mission Tortillas. All recipes and opinions are my own.
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