Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Would you believe I’ve never had frozen taquitos from the grocery store? I feel like that’s one of those freezer foods everyone always talks about, and I was starting to wonder if I was missing out. Then, this past weekend, I made my own homemade taquitos and now I don’t care if I ever taste the pre-packaged ones from the freezer aisle.  These are so quick to make and I can’t imagine the store-bought version comes anywhere close to as good as these taste. They’re crispy on the outside, creamy and cheesy on the inside, and completely delicious. Best of all, they’re very freezer friendly. I made a double batch so that we could keep some in the freezer for future quick meals.

What about you? Have you ever had the pre-packaged frozen taquitos? Ever made your own? Either way, try these and let me know the results! :)

Creamy Chicken Taquitos

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Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Yield: 10-12 taquitos

Ingredients:

3 oz. cream cheese, softened
¼ cup salsa
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. onion powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp. chopped cilantro
1-2 green onions, chopped
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese (cheddar, pepper jack, etc. would also be good)
10-12 6-inch flour tortillas
Cooking spray
Kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425˚ F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, salsa, lime juice, spices, cilantro, green onions, chicken and shredded cheese. Mix thoroughly until well combined.

Place the tortillas on a plate and microwave for approximately 20 seconds to make them easier to handle. Place a tortilla on a work surface. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the filling mixture down the middle of the tortilla. Roll the tortilla up tightly around the filling. Place seam-side down on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling, spacing the assembled taquitos evenly on the baking sheet. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt.

Bake 15-20 minutes, until crisp and golden brown. Serve with sour cream and salsa.

*Note: These work great as a freezable meal! Before baking, freeze the taquitos in a single layer on the baking sheet for 30-60 minutes. Transfer to a freezer-safe container or freezer bag. Bake straight from the freezer, adding a few additional minutes to the original baking time.

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24 Responses to “Creamy Chicken Taquitos”

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    Tina (PinayInTexas) — August 11, 2011 @ 2:38 am

    I never had frozen taquitos too! I've tried making beef and chicken taquitos before, and I'm sure they're a lot better than the frozen ones!
    Nothing beats homemade! :)

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    Tessa — August 11, 2011 @ 3:21 am

    I have never had the freezer-variety either, but I'm with you – with these, I don't need them! They look great!

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    StephenC — August 11, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    I am grateful that I eat very few foods out ofthe superarket freezer, and nearly all of them are vegetables. Is the bowl of red stuff what went into the taquitos?

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 11, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    StephenC – no, it's salsa :)

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    Kate@Diethood — August 11, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. I imagine that these are fantastic!! I absolutely love that cream cheese mixture.
    I don't do frozen, either…I can honestly count on my hands how many times I've picked up a ready-made frozen food. (Does phyllo dough count?) :/

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    Beth — August 11, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    These look great Megan. Must try!!!

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    Eliana — August 11, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

    Oh these totally beat the store-bought versions Megan! They look incredible.

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    Magic of Spice — August 11, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

    Cream cheese what a nice touch! I have had frozen before, the black bean veggie from TJ and have made them at home for my kids with chicken before. I bet they would love these :)

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    Barefeet In The Kitchen — August 11, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

    You aren't missing anything, Megan. Yours look perfect!

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    Stephanie — August 12, 2011 @ 2:13 am

    The grocery store frozen ones are so greasy, I never buy them. These look really great. I love that they're baked (not fried) and that they freeze so well.

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    Heather — August 12, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    Creamy?? I will take 4 to go, please. :)

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    thecookieboss — August 12, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    I love taquitos! I actually make them with a lot of the same things as you do! I'm glad I'm doing something right :)

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    Katherine — August 12, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    I work at a school that serves the frozen kind for lunch sometimes and I have to say that they are one of my favorite school meals! I don't know what brand they are, because I don't like most of the ones I've tried from the store. Your version looks great! I will have to try them.

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    Baking Serendipity — August 13, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    Frozen taquitos remind me of college. :) I can only imagine how fantastic a homemade version is! PS: read the post on your adorable pup and wished I was more of a dog whisperer. We adopted a 2 year old dog that had been abused in his crate and we're still trying to undo it.

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    Kristan — August 15, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    Taquitos are one of my all time favorite foods!! I will be making these for sure.

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    Amy Kay — August 15, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    My daughter (9 yrs old) and I made these today and we LOVE them ;) We have had the frozen kind and these are much better (and better for us, too).

    We'll be making a double-batch to freeze.

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    Megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 22, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    Amy Kay- I'm so glad you liked them! Thanks for letting me know!

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    Stephanie — September 1, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    Finally made these last weekend and wanted to let you know that we LOVED them! I need more practice rolling them (mine weren’t anywhere near as pretty as yours), so I guess I’ll have to make them often… :)

    • megan replied: — September 1st, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

      So glad you liked them Stephanie! :)

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    Megan's Cookin' — September 7, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    What a quick and easy dinner or snack. I have a teenage girl and these would be perfect to keep in the freezer.

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    Ashley — January 3, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    mmmmm I made the taquitos last night and they tasted awesome! Our local grocery store does not carry fresh herbs so my taquitos did not have cilantro, but still tasted great. My hubby wants me to make this recipe again real soon.

    • megan replied: — January 4th, 2012 @ 7:01 am

      I’m so glad you liked them! I’m glad they were ok even without the cilantro. :) Your comment made me want to make these again!

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    Kat — January 17, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    I will be trying these tonight but with homemade tortillas…..

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