Taquitos, also known as rolled tacos, are delicious and easy-to-make dish that can be enjoyed as a snack, appetizer, or main course. These crispy, rolled tacos are typically filled with shredded meat, cheese, and spices, and then fried until golden brown. Here’s a recipe for taquitos that you can try at home:
• 1 lb. cooked and shredded chicken (or beef, pork, or a combination)
• 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican blend)
• ½ cup salsa
• 1 tsp. chili powder
• 1 tsp. cumin
• ½ tsp. garlic powder
• ¼ tsp. salt
• 12-16 corn tortillas
• Vegetable oil (for frying)
• Guacamole and sour cream (for serving)
• In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, shredded cheese, salsa, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Mix until well combined.
• Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Warm the tortillas in the skillet, one at a time, for about 30 seconds on each side, until they are pliable.
• Spoon about 2-3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture onto each tortilla, near one edge. Roll the tortilla tightly around the filling, and secure with a toothpick.
• Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling.
• Heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the taquitos, seam side down, in batches (about 3-4 at a time). Fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown and crispy.
• Remove the taquitos from the oil with tongs and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
• Serve the taquitos hot with guacamole and sour cream for dipping.
Taquitos can be made with a variety of fillings, so feel free to get creative and customize the recipe to your liking. They also make a great make-ahead dish, as they can be assembled and frozen before frying. Simply thaw before frying as directed above.
Enjoy your homemade taquitos and impress your friends and family with your cooking skills!