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Baked Chicken Taquitos

Getting creative with weeknight meals takes a little bit of planning ahead. This is a habit I learned early on from my Mom. She often would cook some foods, such as beans or chicken so they would be ready for other meals. The chicken would most often be transformed into enchiladas, tacos or taquitos. My favorite of the three would have to be taquitos. Crispy rolled tacos topped with that wonderful avocado tomatillo salsa and mexican crema. You seriously had to keep track of how many you ate, because before you knew it, 3 could turn into half a dozen! Lol! But lucky for us, there would be red rice, beans and fresh salad on the side to round out the meal.

Baked Chicken Taquitos

 

The key to cooking a great taquito, whether you fry them or bake them is a good quality soft corn tortilla. And I will never forget my dad insisting that tortilas must be cooked on the comal (griddle) otherwise they would fall apart.  My Dad was very knowledgable when it came to tortillas. As I have mentioned before, he used to build the commercial tortilla machines used in many of the large tortilla factories. The tortilla is cooked, but when you warm them on a hot surface, that was really like the last step in the cooking process.  I have proved this point when I am in a hurry I steam the tortillas in the microwave. The microwave steams them which adds too much moisture, in my opinion,  causing them to tear. If you are only preparing a few taquitos that will be fried right away, this will work. But if preparing a larger batch, the longer they sit after being steamed, the more fragile they become. If you live in an area that sells tortillas like they make in Mexico, then you are darn lucky, ha, ha, ha! No seriously, if they are good quality, you will be able to roll them tight without them tearing. For today’s post, I decided to bake them instead of frying them. They are still crispy and satify that taquito craving that never seems to go away! Enjoy!

Baked  ChickenTaquitos

Ingredients
18 corn tortillas
2  1/2 cups of cooked chicken ( I used grilled chicken)
Toothpicks
Oil of choice, I used grapeseed oil

Tips~ When choosing a filling, you want one that has the least amount of broth or salsa.

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Directions

1. Slice or chop chicken so you have  very small pieces. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil paper and brush with oil. Set aside.

2. Preheat a large griddle or comal to medium heat for a few minutes. Cook the tortillas for about 2 minutes, turning every 30 seconds. Place tortillas in a tortilla warmer or in between a kitchen towel. Steaming them in the microwave does not work as well, but you can if only making a few.

3. Fill warmed tortillas with a thin strip of chicken down the center. As you fold the tortilla over, pull it, with the filling,  towards you to make it tight. Then roll away from you to form the taquito. Secure with toothpick at the seam. Place on greased baking sheets. Brush tops of taquitos with more oil. Bake for 20 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time. Serve right away. Garnish with your favorite salsa, guacamole and crema. Yields up to 6 servings.

Baked Chicken Taquitos

 

Salsa Ranchera, one of my favorites to serve with taquitos.

Salsa Ranchera

 

Click onto picture for full recipe of salsa.

Baked Chicken Taquitos

 

Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Salsa, another favorite!

Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

Click onto picture for full recipe on salsa.

Top Recipe Picks For Game Day

The following recipes are my top picks for a complete game day  or super bowl party. I must confess, I am not the biggest football fan, but I do love how people get excited about the dishes prepared, lol! They really go all out. For recipes, click onto the picture of the recipe you like and it will take to the full recipe.

 

GAUCAMOLE RECIPES

One Guacamole, Two Guacamole, Three!!
One Guacamole, Two Guacamole, Three!!

 

HOMEMADE CHIPS/TOTOPOS

Must have homemade chips for all that guacamole, queso blanco and pico de gallo!
Must have homemade chips for all that guacamole, queso blanco and pico de gallo!

 

QUESO BLANCO

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
3 1/2 cups whole milk
2 cups monterey pepper jack
1 cup asadero or chihuahua cheese, shredded
Pinch of cumin
Salt and fresh cracked pepper

Heat the butter to medium heat in a sauce pan, add the flour and whisk together. Cook for a few minutes, add the cumin, salt and pepper. Add the milk and cook until it almost comes to a boil(don’t let it boil). Add the cheese, stir well to combine….done!

Variation: you can use a mix of cheeses if you’d like, use olive oil, instead of butter…add a little chicken broth to thin out the sauce….add roasted green chiles to the sauce.

 

BEEF CHILI

Learning to prepare competition beef chili
Learning to prepare competition beef chili

 

FRITO CHILI PIE

One of my all time favorite Tex Mex treats! Frito Beef Chili Pie!
One of my all time favorite Tex Mex treats! Frito Beef Chili Pie!

However you layer your Frito Chili Pie, the key ingredients are a spicy beef chili, fritos and cheese! Then the skies the limit on how you want to pile it high.

 

BACON WRAPPED POPPERS

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuufed Poppers
Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Poppers

 

PICO DE GALLO/SALSA FRESCA

A must have for any game day party!
A must have for any game day party!

 

HOMEMADE CHILI SAUCE RECIPE FOLLOWS PICTURE

For chili dogs, chili cheese fries or nachos, this is a tasty homemade recipe.
For chili dogs, chili cheese fries or nachos, this is a tasty homemade recipe.

 

BEEF CHILI SAUCE

3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken or beef broth
14 oz can diced tomato w/ green chiles
8 oz can jalapeno “El Pato” brand tomato sauce or use regular tomato sauce w/ 2 tablespoons hot sauce
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon smoked parika
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon pepper
salt to taste
1/2 pound ground chuck (You could use 1 pound if you like, but I wanted it to be more of a chili sauce with just some beef)

Directions

1. In a large skillet, heat oil to medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and jalapeno. Saute for 6 to 8 minutes.
Add in the flour and cook for another minute.

2. Add all ingredients in the order listed, minus the beef. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and taste for salt. Add in the beef and break into smaller pieces using a flat edge wooden spoon. As is cooks down break the beef down until it looks like fine crumbles. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until the sauce reduces and thickens slightly. Yields 6 servings. Flavor will improve overnight, so I would suggest preparing a day or two ahead. Great for chili dogs, nachos, chili cheese fries!

 

SRIRACHA WINGS/DRUMMETTES

Both Baked and Grilled Recipes included on this post!
Both Baked and Grilled Recipes included on this post!

 

BLOODY MARY CHIPOTLE SHRIMP

Bloody Mary combined with some chipotle and spices make a tasty marinade for this jumbo shrimp!
Bloody Mary combined with some chipotle and spices make a tasty marinade for this jumbo shrimp!

 

TOMATILLO AVOCADO SALSA

My friends request this salsa recipe at every get together!
My friends request this salsa recipe at every get together!

 

QUESO FUNDIDO

Melty cheese, savory mexican chorizo, smoky roasted poblanos!
Melty cheese, savory mexican chorizo, smoky roasted poblanos!

 

CHICKEN TAQUITOS

Call them tquitos, flautas or dorados, just get some on my plate, please!
Call them tquitos, flautas or dorados, just get some on my plate, please!

 

GRILLED SHRIMP AND CHORIZO POPPER

One of my all time favorite ways to prepare and enjoy jalapeño poppers!
One of my all time favorite ways to prepare and enjoy jalapeño poppers!

 

SINCRONIZADAS/ DOUBLE STACK QUESADILLAS

Veggie, chicken or all cheese!
Veggie, chicken or all cheese!

 

BACON AVOCADO & TOMATO FLATBREAD

Top this flatbread recipe with your favorite ingredients!
Top this flatbread recipe with your favorite ingredients!

 

GRILLED BEEF OR CHICKEN SLIDERS

Grilled outdoors or on the stove top grill, this is a great recipe for game day!
Grilled outdoors or on the stove top grill, this is a great recipe for game day!

 

MANGO SALSA

Mango salsa with plenty od fresh habanero is just the way I like it!
Mango salsa with plenty od fresh habanero is just the way I like it!

 

BAKED TORTILLA CHIPS

A lighter version to the traditional fried tortilla chip. Bring on the fresh salsa!
A lighter version to the traditional fried tortilla chip. Bring on the fresh salsa!

For Chile Infused Chips, Brush one side of corn tortillas with chile oil. Cut into thirds or quarters, sprinkle with salt and bake for about 16 to 20 minutes at 395 degrees F., turning halfway through baking time. Sprinkle with chile limon powder as soon as they come out of the oven.

A Little Chile Brushed On One Side Of The Corn Tortilla Before Baking Adds Some Heat And Great Color!
A Little Chile Brushed On One Side Of The Corn Tortilla Before Baking Adds Some Heat And Great Color!

 

And finally for my last pick, I want to end on a sweet note. Because after all that spicy, savory and zesty food, I always crave a sweet ending. My favorite cookie recipe spiked with a little espresso and cinnamon.

A little added espresso to your favorite chocolate cookie or brownie recipe is tasty!
A little added espresso to your favorite chocolate cookie or brownie recipe is tasty!

 

ESPRESSO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons instant espresso
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
10 oz. bag Ghirardelli bittersweet chips (60% Cacao)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.

2. Combine the flour (both varieties), espresso, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.

3. Cream together the butter with both brown and granulated sugar until creamy. Mix in one egg at a time and vanilla.

4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet until well incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls or cookie scoop 24 large cookie dough balls onto lined baking sheets. Flatten slightly and bake for 12 to 14 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time. You want the edges to just turn a light golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool before removing from pan. Yields 24 large cookies.

 

Beef Taquitos with Chile Verde Jalapeño Salsa

Taquitos, flautas, dorados…love them all. A simple, but classic Mexican recipe. This was and still is one of my go to recipes to prepare for parties, game night or just because. They can be prepared ahead of time and can also be frozen for a future meal or snack.

Beef Tquitos
For Salsa
6 roasted and peeled Anaheim or New Mexico peppers
2 jalapeños
2 tomatillos
1/4 cup cilantro
juice of 1 to 2 key limes
Salt to taste

Chile Verde Salsa

For Taquitos
1 pound flank steak
Water
Salt
16 to 20 corn tortillas
toothpicks
Canola oil for frying

Taquitos con Guacamole!
Taquitos con Guacamole!

Directions

1. In a medium pot, cover the beef with water and season with a couple teaspoons of salt. Poach for 45minutes to 1 hour or until meat is tender. Remove from water and shred while meat is still warm, set aside.

2. Roughly chop the chile verde, jalapeños, tomatillos and cilantro. Transfer to blender, add lime juice and salt to taste. Pulse to blend until desired consistency, cover and set aside.

3. Wrap 6 tortillas with paper towels and place onto plate. Steam in the microwave for 40 to 50 seconds. They will be HOT, so be careful. Take about 2 tablespoons of beef and fill the tortilla on the side closest to you. Roll as tight as you can and secure with toothpick at the seam. I prefer to get all my taquitos filled and rolled before I start frying.

4. In a medium skillet or fry pan, preheat 2 1/2 cups of oil for 5 to 7 minutes at medium heat. Fry 5 to 6 taquitos at a time, but don’t overcrowd the pan. Fry for a few minutes per side or until crispy. Line a bowl with paper towels and transfer the taquitos in a standing position into bowl to drain. Serve with salsa. Yields up to 20 taquitos, depending on how much filling you add to each.

Beef Taquitos

Tips~ Taquitos can be made ahead of time and them warmed in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Freezer friendly as well.