Chicken Taquitos Recipe

Homemade chicken taquitos can be a lot of work, but it is well worth it. You can forget buying them from the store because these are so much better. These taquitos use a seasoned shredded chicken mixture for the filling, along with Monterey jack cheese. If you have never made taquitos before I am going to give you a few tips. When using corn tortillas make sure that you warm them up in the microwave in small batches as you need them. Also, make sure you roll them up while they are still warm, otherwise they will tear apart.  You can use flour tortillas instead of corn if you wish, these should be a lot easier to work with. Also, as always be careful when working with hot oil. If you don’t want to make taquitos, the shredded chicken from this recipe will make a great taco or burrito filling as well. Enjoy.

1lb boneless, skinless chicken  breasts
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
½ cup water
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
8 ounces shredded Monterey jack cheese
small corn tortillas
Oil (for frying)

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: In a large deep skillet add tomato sauce, water, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt. Stir to combine. Place chicken breasts into the sauce and bring to a boil. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked. Shred chicken into small pieces using two forks. Stir in cilantro.

Step 2: Add about an inch of oil into a large deep skillet. Warm flour tortillas (in batches) in the microwave for 15 seconds. Spoon a portion of the chicken filling down the center of each tortilla; add a little bit of shredded cheese on top of the chicken mixture. Roll up and secure with a toothpick.
Step 3: Add taquitos (3-5 at a time, depending on the size of the skillet) to the skillet and fry until golden brown (about 2 minutes per side). Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat the process until all of the chicken filling is gone.
(Makes 4 Servings)


11 Responses to “Chicken Taquitos Recipe”

  1. Annette Berlin — March 3, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    The Chicken Taquitos look (and sound) mouthwatering! I’m looking forwart to trying them out next week, though I will be substituting a soy meat for the chicken.

  2. Janie Guetzow — March 5, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

    These look delightful! I make a taquito recipe by Guy Fierri that I love (No-Can-Beato this Taquito). I can’t wait to try this one!

  3. Karen McLoughlin — March 12, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    We made these last week and they were wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Denise — March 12, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

    We made this for dinner and it was ABSOLUTELY delicious! Thanks for taking the time to post about the wonderful dishes you discover….. I am officially spoiled and will not eat any other taquito!!!

  5. amani — March 13, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing!!! Will be trying it soon!

  6. Beth — March 22, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

    This looks delicious I can’t wait to try it. I must say I love your recipes so much I have your site as a bookmark on my phone. I recently had to reset my phone and lost everything. I searched and searched until I came across your blog and now I’m writing it down! Thank you for the amazing recipes and pictures.

  7. Wendy — May 6, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    I LOVE recipes with photos and wow do these ever look tasty! I think I’ll try this recipe without the cheese. Looking for gluten and dairy free foods for my son. 🙂 I don’t think he’ll miss the boxed taquitos after he tries homemade!

  8. Shane — July 3, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    Had these for supper tonight. Loved them with a spicy salsa

  9. Matty — August 28, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    Made these today and turned out well enough. Left out the cheese. After a few trial and errors we heated the tortillas 2 at a time for 20 seconds. More than that they break easily. Sauce was delicious!

  10. Tracy — April 17, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    I decided to try this recipe since I always make the same meals. I made these last night and they were delicious! I thought for sure I would mess this recipe up but it was simple. My husband said he could eat 100 of them. Just make sure to microwave 2 corn tortillas at a time so they are soft and wrapable.

  11. Ashna — July 31, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    Made these for a potluck (I cut them in half because I made them as appetizers) and needless to say everyone loved them! I absolutely love the chicken. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

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