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Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

chicken and cheese taquito recipeAre you sensing a trend at my house?  Mexican food.  I never tire of it.  Ever, ever.  I really could eat it for every meal.  I love how fresh it is and that it is very easy to make a vegetarian version of.  Even though I am not a vegetarian, I try to eat a few vegetarian meals a week.  I recently shared a recipe for Baked Turkey Taquitos so I was not going to share this version, but it is too delicious not too.  I served these alongside my Tortilla Soup and it is quite possibly the best soup and grilled cheese combo on the planet.

As I said before, you can make these with whatever you have in your fridge.  The method is really what I am showing you, the ingredient list can be altered to suit your tastes and what you have around.  I really prefer a corn tortilla, but unless they are really soft, they crack and will not hold their shape.  When I was making these, my corn tortillas just were not working, so I started over with flour.  Flour tortilla really crisps up and gives the illusion of being fried when they are not.

I also used a prepared enchilada sauce.  If you read this blog, you know that I usually make everything from scratch.  But the reality is I am a busy mom with 5 people to feed each night.  Sometimes I need to take help when I can.  If I am using a prepared product, I try to buy the best quality that I can find and without a lot of ingredients that I do not want my family to eat.  I really like this Green Enchilada Sauce from Rick Bayless’s Frontera Foods line.  I got mine at Whole Foods, but you can order it from his website if you like.

chicken and cheese taquito recipe1 bar cream cheese
1/2 cup green enchilada sauce
2 Tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper
2 cloves minced garlic
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
4 green onions, sliced (greens and whites)
3 cups shredded cooked chicken
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese or a mix of Mexican cheeses
1 large package flour tortillas

chicken and cheese taquito recipeIn a large bowl, mash together the cream cheese, enchilada sauce, lime juice, spices, garlic, and green onions.

chicken and cheese taquito recipeMix it together.  Season with salt and pepper.

chicken and cheese taquito recipeAdd the cheese, cilantro, and shredded chicken.

chicken and cheese taquito recipeWarm up your tortillas so that they are more pliable.  Put a few Tablespoons of the filling in the tortilla and roll up.

chicken and cheese taquito recipeLine a baking sheet with tin foil, spray it with cooking spray.  Place the taquitos seam side down.  Spray the top with cooking spray.

chicken and cheese taquito recipeBake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until the tortillas are brown and crispy.

chicken and cheese taquito recipeLook at all that gooey cheese.

chicken and cheese taquito recipeI like to serve mine with the leftover enchilada sauce.  And alongside some tortilla soup.  It is pretty much heaven.

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Chicken and Cheese Taquitos


Ingredients

  • 1 bar cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup green enchilada sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 green onions, sliced (greens and whites)
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese or a mix of Mexican cheeses
  • 1 large package flour tortillas

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mash together the cream cheese, enchilada sauce, lime juice, spices, garlic, and green onions.
  2. Mix it together. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the cheese, cilantro, and shredded chicken.
  4. Warm up your tortillas so that they are more pliable. Put a few Tablespoons of the filling in the tortilla and roll up.
  5. Line a baking sheet with tin foil, spray it with cooking spray. Place the taquitos seam side down. Spray the top with cooking spray.
  6. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until the tortillas are brown and crispy.

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  1. Stickyheels

    January 20th, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I read about this recipe, or one very similar to it recently online. The poster said that you could/should double or triple the quantity and make a TON. Then you freeze them on the baking sheet, once frozen, wrap them individually and toss them in the freezer. You can bake them straight from frozen so it makes a quick, easy freezer meal that can be easily customized for however many you need to feed!

  2. bakedbree

    January 21st, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    that is a great idea!! Thanks for sharing that.

  3. Amanda

    January 20th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I’ve made something like this in the past and it is so good! I love the lusciousness of the cream cheese and all the spices and cilantro. I think they are better than just the rolled meat ones at the restaurants. Looks very yummy and makes me want to throw some together tonight!

  4. bakedbree

    January 21st, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I prefer these much more than the restaurant kind. They taste fresh. Plus I love that they are not fried.

  5. Tanya at Ignite Your

    January 20th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I love Mexican food. We do eat it a lot at our house too. Looking forward to trying this one!

  6. bakedbree

    January 21st, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Hope that you love it like we do. It is so easy to make. And to eat.

  7. Karin van D.

    January 20th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    That looks delicious. And I love your pictures by the way, very nice!

  8. bakedbree

    January 21st, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    thank you Karin!

  9. Michelle Embree

    January 20th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    You mention using the “leftover” enchilada sauce for dipping the taquitos in, but what is the sauce leftover from? I don’t see that it is part of the actual taquito.

  10. bakedbree

    January 21st, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I fixed it, it goes in with the cream cheese mixture.

  11. Deann

    January 20th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    This looks great! Does the green enchilada sauce go in the first bowl with the cream cheese?

  12. bakedbree

    January 21st, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Yes, I’ll back and fix that if I left that out. Thanks for letting me know.

  13. Frankie

    January 23rd, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    That’s what I’m trying to figure out. It must though, otherwise it couldn’t be leftover. Oh well, I’ll find out tonight, since I’m making it for supper. Although since the only thing that was actually labeled “green enchilada sauce” at my grocery said, in spanish beneath that “salsa verde por enchiladas” and was a huge container, I opted instead for my favorite salsa verde.

  14. bakedbree

    January 23rd, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Any sort of sauce would work, you just need a sauce to flavor and bind.

  15. Shailender @ Romantic Getaways

    January 21st, 2011 at 2:06 am

    hey! I can’t control the water of my mouth. It’s looking very…. ymmm.. 😉

  16. bakedbree

    January 21st, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    it is very yum. 🙂

  17. Beauty&theFeast

    January 21st, 2011 at 4:03 am

    I’ve been having a major craving for Mexican lately….I think I’ve just found the perfect solution. These look fantastic!

  18. bakedbree

    January 21st, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    hope that you like these as much as we do!

  19. Cookie

    January 21st, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I love the idea of baked taquitos! So much healthier than fried!

  20. bakedbree

    January 21st, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Not only are they healthier, they are much faster to make. You do not have to clean up the whole frying mess.

  21. Manu @ Chez Manu - Italian Home Cooking

    January 22nd, 2011 at 12:00 am

    They look sooo yummy! Will surely try them! Thanks for posting!

  22. bakedbree

    January 22nd, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    they are yummy. you will love them too.

  23. Tami

    January 23rd, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I will need to try my enchilada recipe with some cream cheese. I bet it will be fantastic!

  24. bakedbree

    January 23rd, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    please let me know how it turns out. that sounds amazing!!

  25. Amy

    January 25th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Hi Bree! My family loved these! We made them Friday night and my 4YO daughter helped mix/assemble them. They were awesome and reminded me of the southwestern eggrolls from Chili’s. I cooked the chicken in Rotel tomatoes (like I do for green chicken enchiladas). Next time I may add black beans and make a double batch. I told my husband we had enough to freeze and he said, “Why freeze them? They are so good, we won’t have any left.” I’m enjoying a few for lunch at work today and will definitely make more soon!

  26. bakedbree

    January 25th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Great! I love that you can use whatever you have around.

  27. Paula

    January 27th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    How did you cook your chicken? was it rotisserie? looks like it has spices & i’m still learning the best way to cook chicken.

  28. bakedbree

    January 27th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I roast it in the oven. https://bakedbree.wpengine.com/roasted-chicken

  29. cherity

    February 2nd, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    made these last night..loved them. The flavor is just right, just outstanding.

  30. bakedbree

    February 5th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    good to hear, thanks Cherity!

  31. alison

    February 16th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Just added this to our meal plan for next week. Going to try it with pinto or black beans for a vegetarian version. My family loves Mexican food so I know this will be a hit…thanks!

  32. bakedbree

    February 16th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Let me know how it turns out. I love a vegetarian version of just about anything.

  33. Marissa

    February 21st, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Hi Bree,

    I made this a couple weeks ago and finally posted it on my blog- they are just so delicious and easy- a big hit! Next time I will try adding black beans too!

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    -Marissa

  34. bakedbree

    February 21st, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    thanks Marissa! I’ll check it out.

  35. alison

    February 24th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I made the vegetarian version of this using pinto beans (I was worried black beans might turn the mixture gray) and it was wonderful. I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a good supper for Meatless Monday.

  36. bakedbree

    February 25th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    thank you for telling me! I will try a bean version next.

  37. meghan

    May 18th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    we have a gluten allergy in our house, would these be any good made with corn tortillas instead?

  38. bakedbree

    May 18th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    corn tortillas are harder to work with because they crack when rolled. Use a really soft variety.

  39. Kendall

    October 8th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I made these last week and LOVED them! I posted on my blog: https://kendallandkeith.blogspot.com/2012/10/chicken-and-cheese-taquitos.html

    Thanks for sharing such a great dish!

  40. bakedbree

    October 14th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I am so glad!

  41. Amanda

    February 27th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    These were incredible! I subbed light cream cheese (which I usually do unless it’s for frosting or icing) and used two cans of green chiles since I didn’t have green enchilada sauce in the pantry. After shredding the chicken, I stirred 3T of lime juice with 3T of honey to kind of spike the chicken with the honey/lime I love so much. Baking the tortillas is a perfect idea–I love it! I used Mama Lupe’s low carb tortillas (only 60 calories!) and they were fantastic! Thanks for the recipe!

  42. bakedbree

    February 27th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Sounds good! Glad that you liked them.

  43. LP

    April 1st, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Hi there, not sure if I’m missing something glaringly obvious, but this recipe is posted under your ” vegetarian” section.

  44. bakedbree

    April 2nd, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Because there is an option to make it “vegetarian”.

  45. Sam Brinegar

    October 1st, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Howdy! So I was curious how many this makes…? We have nine in my household so I’m very used to tripling things, just don’t want to make too many!! It took me all day to find this recipe lol
    Thank you!!! ~

  46. bakedbree

    October 6th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Triple sounds about right. And they freeze well, so if you have extras you can wrap them and keep them for a snack.

  47. CATHERINE CARDELEIN

    November 4th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    WHAT IS THE SIZE OF CREAM CHEESE BAR YOU ARE USING? IT COMES IN 3OZ OR 8OZ?

  48. bakedbree

    November 6th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    8 ounces. Just like in the pictures.

  49. Kimberly fauth

    November 9th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Is it 3oz or 8 oz of cream cheese? Looks delish! Want to try this week. Thx:)

  50. bakedbree

    November 9th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    8.

  51. Julie

    February 6th, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I have made these for gatherings and had many people request them over and over. Even had people plan their days around when I’m making these. They are always the first to go at potlucks. I’ve used rotisserie but think I’ll do like you and bake the chickens. I have found that cutting them in half before baking works better. May try spreading a little cream cheese on the tortilla edge to keep it wrapped. I turn them over half way through baking. Thanks so much for this remarkable recipe.

  52. Julie

    February 6th, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I should have said, I cut the taquitos in half before baking.

  53. bakedbree

    February 6th, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I am so glad that you like it so much! That’s a good tip, the cream cheese should make it stick.

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