Here I present to you a family favourite recipe: Chicken and Cheese Taquitos. It is fairly easy to make and the result is delicious. Ditch the oil and the extra calories and bake them in the oven!
Are you sensing a trend at my house? Mexican food. We never get tired of it. I really could eat it for every meal. I love how fresh and simple it is to put together. Even though I am trying to eat more vegetarian food it is okay to indulge in some chicken once in a while. I served these taquitos alongside my Tortilla Soup and it is quite possibly the best combo on the planet.
As I said before, you can make Chicken and Cheese Taquitos with limited ingredients 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 my recipes, 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. 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 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 of flour tortillas
How to Make // The Steps
Step 1: In a large bowl, mash together the cream cheese, enchilada sauce, lime juice, spices, garlic, and green onions.
Step 2: Mix it together. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 3: Add the cheese, cilantro, and shredded chicken.
Step 4: Warm-up your tortillas so that they are more pliable. Put a few Tablespoons of the filling in the tortilla and roll-up.
Step 5: Line a baking sheet with tin foil, and spray it with cooking spray. Place the taquitos seam side down. Spray the top with cooking spray.
Step 6: Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for about 10 minutes or until the tortillas are brown and crispy.
Look at all that gooey cheese.
I like to serve mine with the leftover enchilada sauce. And alongside some tortilla soup. It is pretty much heaven.
Want to make them in an Airfryer instead?
Airfryer is the new invention that has taken over the cooking community and why shouldn’t it?! It is possibly the best invention in the last decade that makes “frying” super efficient and oil-free.
If you want to make these taquitos in an Airfryer all you need is first start by preheating your air fryer to 400°F. Line the Airfryer with a little bit of cooking spray. Then line up the taquitos seam side down in your air fryer and finally spray a bit more cooking oil over each taquitos. This will help in making the taquitos extra crispy and give it in a nice toasted texture. Wait for 6-8 minutes until the taquitos are golden brown and enjoy them hot and crispy!
Alternate fillings in Taquitos //
As I mentioned before this recipe is super simple because you can use any filling you prefer. Focus more on the technique of making these and add whichever form of protein you like! I personally like them with chicken but you can also use pork or beef.
I have also tried making taquitos with beans and cheese when I was shying away from eating meat and they turned out just as incredible! Enjoy 🙂