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Taquitos remind me of home.  Well, not home, exactly, but of my hometown.  I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about this on here before, but there is a little hole in the wall restaurant in my hometown that makes the best taquitos.  I don’t make it to my hometown very often anymore, (especially since my parents don’t live there anymore), but every time I do go, this little restaurant is one of the first places I want to stop.

But maybe it’s a good thing that I don’t live close anymore, because those delicious taquitos are deep fried.   My metabolism isn’t quite what it used to be when I was in high school!!  But guess what?  Taquitos are still good when they are baked, not fried!  And these are a great example of this.

This recipe is the perfect recipe if you have leftovers from a Sunday roast. I had a small roast in the freezer, so I just stuck it in the slow cooker in the morning, covered it with some beef broth and some spices, and left it to cook all day. Or I think these would even be equally delicious with some shredded chicken! I love recipes that can be made from leftovers, and this is one that I think would work with almost any leftover protein.

And I would also suggest using the freshest corn tortillas that you can, otherwise they may be a little hard to roll without breaking or cracking. And heating them in the microwave definitely does wonders. The only other advice I can give is not to skip the sprinkling of kosher salt on the taquitos before baking. This step seriously elevates this recipe so much. (It was also done on these baked taquitos – and that is where I fell in love with the whole sprinkling salt on your taquitos idea!)

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Chipotle Beef Baked Taquitos
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Shredded beef is combined with a kick from chipotle peppers and green chiles, rolled, and then baked into delicious taquitos. Frying is not necessary!
Serves: 20 taquitos
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded beef
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon minced chipotle in adobo
  • 1 (4-ounce) can green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon adobo (from canned chipotle in adobo)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • zest from 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 12 ounces crumbled Cotija cheese
  • 20 6-inch white corn tortillas
  • cooking spray
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the minced chipotle pepper, green chiles, adobo sauce, garlic powder, coriander, cumin, chili powder, lime zest and lime juice. Add the beef and toss to combine.
  3. Wrap 10 of the tortillas in a damp kitchen towel and microwave for 1 minute. Place 1 tablespoon of the Cotija cheese down the center of 1 tortilla, then top with 1-2 tablespoons of the beef mixture. Roll tightly and place on a baking sheet, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, then heat the remaining 10 tortillas in the damp towel. Repeat filling and rolling until all the tortillas are filled.
  4. Spray the taquitos lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a minute or two before serving.
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  6. from Our Best Bites Cookbook

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17 Responses to Chipotle Beef Baked Taquitos

  1. Rosa says:

    A very yummy meal! I like that filling.



  2. Karly says:

    These look amazing! I just cooked 4lbs of chicken in the crock pot yesterday, so I have a freezer full of shredded chicken just waiting to be turned into this!

  3. Bev Weidner says:

    These could act as drum sticks in my stomach. WOW.

  4. My love of Mexican food knows no bounds…. so I cannot wait to try this! Just added it to my Recipe Box. I’m anxious to try the kosher salt on top.

  5. This looks absolutely delicious. 🙂 Thank you for posting it.

  6. Nettie Moore says:

    Being an LA girl, I would eat Taquitos at least once a week at my fav margarita spot. These look TO DIE FOR! YUMM!


  7. Erin says:

    I love taquitos! This recipe looks great! These are making me hungry…

  8. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    These look great! I always have left overs from a roast so I look forward making these next time I do!

  9. These look delicious! I wish someone would make these for me for dinner tonight 🙂

  10. Geni says:

    Love taquitos! They make me swoon. This recipe looks to die for and can’t wait to give it a try.

  11. Joanne says:

    I love seeing all of your baked taquito combos! Unhealthy food made healthified speaks to my soul.

  12. Kristy says:

    What a beautiful dinner! I love taquitos and haven’t ever made them at home before, and I’m all about baking them. Sounds perfect!

  13. aarthi says:

    First time here…This looks really delicious…Following your blog straight away..If you have time Check out my blog too..

    I am having a Giveaway..

  14. Ali says:

    looks delicious. Taquitos are a favorite at home but we’ve never known how to make them guess your post really helped us on that. Bookmarking the page!!

  15. I’ll have to put these on the menu. My kids would love them.

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