February 13th, 2014
Taquitos are Mexican food items that consist of a rolled-up corn tortilla and filling. The tortilla is fried (or baked) until crispy, and served with a variety of condiments, such as sour cream, guacamole, and salsa. If flour tortillas are used instead of corn tortillas, then the dish would most commonly be referred to as flautas (“flutes” in Spanish).
Regardless of whichever tortillas are used, this dish makes for great appetizers and snacks, especially for parties. They can also be served as an entire meal, provided you roll enough!
If you have ever gone through the frozen aisle at a supermarket, chances are you have seen taquitos at some point. With that said, you can do the same with these taquitos. Just pre-roll freeze them. When you are ready to eat them, take them out and bake them in the oven. They come in handy on those days that you just don’t want to cook after a long day at work.
For the filling below, we used our Old Neighborhood Shaved Chicken Breast. You can just as easily substitute the chicken for our Beef Shaved Steak or our Shaved Pork and the dish will still be just as good!
Baked Chicken Taquitos (recipe page can be found here)
• 1 lb. package of Old Neighborhood Foods Shaved Chicken Breast
• ½ white onion, chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 jalapeno, minced
• 2 tbsp. oil
• 1/3 cup cilantro
• 1 cup crumbled Queso Fresco
• 1 tbsp. paprika
• 1 tbsp. oregano
• ½ tsp. salt
• ½ tsp. black pepper
• 16 six inch corn tortillas (you may need a few more in case they break on you)
• 1/4 cup vegetable oil
• Tomatillo sauce
1. Heat a skillet on medium high. Add oil.
2. When oil is heated, add chopped onions. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until translucent.
3. Add shaved chicken breast and cook for about 4 minutes.
4. Add garlic, jalapenos, paprika, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes until the chicken is browned.
5. Turn the stove off. Add the cheese and cilantro and stir until mixed well.
Rolling the Taquitos:
1. Pour ¼ cup of oil into a small skillet and warm it over medium-low heat. Take one tortilla and heat both sides in the oil for about 10 seconds a side. This helps make them more pliable for rolling and helps to reduce cracking and breaking when baking.
2. Transfer the heated tortilla to a clean surface. Spoon some filling horizontally in the middle of the tortilla.
3. Take the side closest to you, fold it over the filling, and roll the tortilla tightly forward around the filling. If the tortilla breaks, use a new one.
4. Place the rolled taquito seam-side down on a baking sheet.
5. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
6. Bake the taquitos for at least 20 minutes at 350 degrees. You can cook them longer to make them crispier if you choose.
7. Serve hot with your choice of dips, homemade or store-bought.