Homemade Taquitos

Ever have those discussions with someone you’ve known quite a long time only to find out you never knew something about them? I know kind of a lengthy question. Nevertheless, I had one of those with my husband a month or two back and discovered he is quite the fan of taquitos. Which, I thought I knew my husband quite well when it came to the food category, but apparently not.

As we talked, I released the reason why we had never had this conversation is because, by nature, taquitos are usually quite unhealthy for you. They are usually fried. And if you buy them at the store, they have quite a few odd ingredients in them.

SO…I set out on a quest to make a recipe that is both homemade and healthy. This is what I came up with…

Ingredient List:

  • 2-3 Boneless Chicken Breasts NOTE: You could substitute the chicken for ground beef OR for a party, make both
  • 2 cans of Diced Tomatoes w/ Green Chilies
  • 12 Corn Tortillas
  • 2 cups of Cheese (or Mexican Cheese blend)
  • Toothpicks

Let’s Begin the Journey:

Cook the chicken in the crockpot throughout the day for 6-8 hours on low. (If you haven’t grasp this by now, our household REALLY likes shredded chicken!!) After the chicken is cooked, shred it and set aside.

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Next, preheat the oven to 375° and spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Drain the juice from the cans of tomatoes and mix together with the shredded chicken. Add any other seasonings at this point, as well.

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Wrap the tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for about 1 minute, to help soften them up so you can roll them easily.

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Lay 1 tortilla on a plate (or the counter if you want) and put about a spoonful of the meat mixture in the middle. Add a small a bit of the cheese.

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Next, roll the tortilla tightly and stab the center with a toothpick. Then set on the baking pan.

Complete this process for all of the tortillas, or until you run out of meat. Finally, spray the rolled taquitos on the pan with the cooking spray to help give their shells a little crispy texture after cooked.

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Bake for 25 minutes and let them cool for about 5 minutes. Pair them with salsa, sour cream, cheese sauce or nothing.

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The recipe for this can be found here: Taquitos Recipe Card

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