Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

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!

chicken and cheese taquito recipe

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
chicken and cheese taquito recipe

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.

chicken and cheese taquito recipe

Step 2: Mix it together. Season with salt and pepper.

chicken and cheese taquito recipe

Step 3: Add the cheese, cilantro, and shredded chicken.

chicken and cheese taquito recipe

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.

chicken and cheese taquito recipe

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.

chicken and cheese taquito recipe

Step 6: Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for about 10 minutes or until the tortillas are brown and crispy.

chicken and cheese taquito recipe

Look at all that gooey cheese.

chicken and cheese taquito recipe

I like to serve mine with the leftover enchilada sauce. And alongside some tortilla soup. It is pretty much heaven.

chicken and cheese taquito recipe

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 🙂

chicken and cheese taquitos

Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

Yield: makes 10

Cheese and Chicken Taquitos - kids will eat just about anything wrapped in a crispy tortilla. So will dads fwiw.

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.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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This Post Has 53 Comments

  1. LP

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  2. Sam Brinegar

    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!!! ~

    1. bakedbree

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

  3. CATHERINE CARDELEIN

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

    1. bakedbree

      8 ounces. Just like in the pictures.

  4. Kimberly fauth

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

    1. bakedbree

      8.

  5. Julie

    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.

    1. Julie

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

    2. bakedbree

      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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