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Taquitos! What a easy, yummy recipe. Filled with meat (or not), beans, cheese and salsa; lightly oiled and baked quickly at a high temperature. Top as you like it. These are made in batches on a cookie sheet. Great for parties, picnics, lunches, or a light dinner.

Beef Taquitos

This is how I learned about Taquitos. One day while shopping at Costco my phone rang. My husband was calling from a job site. He started rattling off a string of ingredients he said he would need. So I thought, “wonderful! He’s making dinner.”

I was smiling all over Costco!… NOPE! He wanted the ingredients so I could make him taquitos, which I had never heard of,  like his co worker’s wife had made for lunch!

After I recovered from my disappointment 🙂 I went researching Taquitos. I’m glad I did! It’s one of those ever expanding recipes. Put your imagination to work! Share your favorite taquito recipe ideas in the comments section.

TaquitosHomemade Taquitos Recipe:

You can make these entirely from scratch if you like! You will need to think ahead to make homemade refried beans. They are so delicious! You need to try them! Making homemade tortillas is very easy and also a major flavor improvement! I made taquitos with the homemade tortillas and refried beans and took them to a tailgate party. They were DEVOURED!!

These little gems have a million and one uses. Tuck them into an insulated lunchbox, pack or cooler and bring them along wherever you go. Think Cinco De Mayo or any party. These are great potluck food, picnics, camping, hiking trips, bike fun. Add a hearty salad, chips and dips and a nice cool drink for a snack, lunch or light dinner. Taquitos store well in the fridge and package up easily in tin foil or plastic wrap. I’m getting hungry just imagining it! This versatile recipe works with your favorite ingredients and leftovers so play, play, play! Here’s the basic recipe I have come up with.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING THE FILLING:

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
  • Add in the garlic, onions and pepper- saute until tender.
    Add in the re-fried beans and cooked, shredded or diced up meat, 1/2 C of the salsa, the salt and pepper and the chili powder.
  • Mix well with a wooden spoon in the skillet as it’s warming, about 10 minutes on low. It should be making a sort of mass of great smelling filling.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR ASSEMBLING THE TAQUITOS:

  • Warm the tortillas, covered with wet or oiled paper towels, in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds.
  • Top each tortilla with a scant 1/4 C of filling spreading it to an inch from the edge. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the filling.
  • Roll them up, put them on the cookie sheets, brush them lightly with oil and tuck in the ends to prevent the filling from falling out.
  • Heat for 12 minutes in the oven. they should be warmed through and just slightly browned on top.
  • Serve them hot-with sour cream, salsa and cheese.
  • Serve them Cold- Try adding veggies and make a delicious wrap with a spicy Mexican dip.

Great stuff!

Beef Taquitos with a Homemade Flour tortilla

Homemade Flour Tortilla as beef Taquitos!

Snack tip: For a cold lunch box treat roll the baked taquitos in foil in singles, doubles or triples and store in the fridge somewhere handy. When a quick item for an on the road, school, or job site lunch is needed these are ready to grab. My husband was delighted with his as a cold snack on a job with no microwave. My son loves them for a heated up in the microwave grab food.

 Garnishes: Anything to suit your occasion! Try avocado slices, Cilantro, parsley, sweet pepper pieces…?

Add fresh tortilla chips, a little dip or salsa, some Spanish rice and salad for a delightful lunch or light dinner.
Lots of possibilities!
Eat them fresh from the oven like this or package them up and store them in serving size packs in your refrigerator for quick snacks and lunches! They will keep well for several days. Probably longer but that’s as long as they last at our house!
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Taquitos on a baking sheet. Just out of the oven.
Yield: 25 6 inch Taquitos

Taquitos Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Taquitos! What a easy, yummy recipe. Filled with meat (or not), beans, cheese and salsa; lightly oiled and baked quickly at a high temperature. Top as you like it. These are made in batches on a cookie sheet. Great for parties, picnics, lunches, or a light dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, and some for brushing on the taquitos
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 chopped up pepper, sweet or hot to taste, minced fine
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 12.5 oz cans lean beef (or about 2 C of any meat you like, cooked, shredded and seasoned as you prefer.
  • 1 16 oz. can no-fat refried beans or 2 cups homemade refried beans
  • 1 C salsa, more for dipping
  • 2 tsp chili pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Approximately 25 (6 inch flour or sprouted wheat tortillas) my husband loves the organic sprouted corn tortillas
  • 2 C shredded cheese: Cheddar, Swiss, Pepper Jack - can be any type you like. I used cheddar today.
  • Sour cream or other Mexican style salsa or try really thick Greek Yogurt mixed w salsa or enchilada sauce as an optional condiment

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add in the garlic, onions and pepper- saute until tender.
  • Add in the re-fried beans and cooked, shredded or diced up meat, 1/2 C of the salsa, the salt and pepper and the chili powder.
  • Mix well with a wooden spoon in the skillet as its warming, about 10 minutes on low. It should be making a sort of mass of great smelling filling.
  • (INSTRUCTIONS FOR ASSEMBLING THE TAQUITOS:)
  • Warm the tortillas, covered with wet or oiled paper towels, in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds.
  • Top each tortilla with a scant 1/4 C of filling spreading it to an inch from the edge. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the filling.
  • Roll them up, put them on the cookie sheets, brush them lightly with oil and tuck in the ends to prevent the filling from falling out.
  • Heat for 12 minutes in the oven. they should be warmed through and just slightly browned on top.
  • Serve them hot-with sour cream, salsa and cheese.
  • Great stuff!
  • Serve them Cold- Try adding veggies and make a delicious wrap with a spicy Mexican dip.

Notes

This recipe can easily be adjusted for vegetarians. Omit the meat and add in another can of beans,...or??)

Nutrition Information

Yield

26

Amount Per Serving Calories 282

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Jennifer

Tuesday 21st of August 2018

How do you keep them warm if you’re transporting them to a potluck or tailgating party?

Diane

Tuesday 21st of August 2018

Hi Jennifer, I baked mine at home and transported them in an insulated casserole dish. They also are good cold. That's why they do well in the lunch box. Taquitos also reheat well in the microwave Or make them ahead, transport them on your baking sheets and bake in the hosts oven for that just out of the oven experience. I hope this helps. I'd love to know how these turn out for you. Thanks so much for your question.

Doug Reckmann

Saturday 24th of March 2018

When I look for recipes, it's nice to see pictures of what everything looks like when prepared, and "how to do it pictures," but I want to know up front what I need to have. It really annoys me to have to scroll through the entire page to find the recipe. And it seems like everyone is doing this now. As a single person, I often am looking for a recipe regarding "stuff" that I have in the refrigerator, or on the shelf. I don't want to have to drive somewhere to buy something, so that I can make dinner.

I really don't think that very many people go looking for something to make, and then go shopping to buy ALL of the ingredients. I think most cooks are looking to incorporate some left-over ingredients into something else.

I know that not everyone thinks the same as I. I would like to see what I need to have to cook FIRST, and then how I do it, and what it looks like SECONDLY.

Thank you for allowing comment.

Doug Reckmann Portland, Oregon

Diane

Sunday 25th of March 2018

Hi Doug, Thanks for taking the time to comment for us. I agree, Process pictures would add a lot to this post. And this is a perfect recipe for using up this n that in the fridge or pantry. I cook that way myself. It's frugal and fun to reinvent recipes to suit yourself. I hope you let us know what you do with this Taquitos Recipe. I will be updating this recipe post soon. I appreciate your suggestions on how to make it more user friendly. Have a great day!

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