Olé! The Comfort of Cooking is spicing up lately with a week full of delicious dishes – and on Friday, an icy cold cocktail – to ring you into Cinco de Mayo! These creamy, cheesy chicken taquitos are the newest addition to our dinner menu that doesn’t last longer than a day in the house. Given how quick, easy and delicious they are, I think you’ll find the same can be true for you!
Just wrap up a mixture of shredded chicken, cheese, salsa, cream cheese, lime juice and spices in a warm tortilla, and bake. You can add corn, black beans or chopped green chiles to the mix. Use ground beef or turkey instead of chicken, or a mix of cheeses instead of just cheddar. The options are endless!
Good news for you foodies who like to make and freeze in advance, too. Prepare these ahead of time, cover and freeze ‘em up to two days. Bake according to the same directions, but they may need to keep cooking for a little longer than 15 minutes. Oh, the agony!
Though I made these for dinner originally, I also made them with smaller (4-inch) tortillas, which you can find at Target, as appetizers for a get-together. These tasty chicken taquitos are super versatile and va-va-voom DELISH for a weeknight dinner where you wanna change things up, or to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend with a scrumptious treat!
Baked Chicken Taquitos
- 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup salsa
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1-2 green onions, chopped
- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 10-12 (6-inch) flour tortillas
- Cooking spray
- Sour cream, optional
- Additional salsa, optional
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients listed before tortillas. Mix thoroughly until well combined.
- Warm the tortillas in the microwave to soften, about 20-30 seconds. 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.
- Bake 15-20 minutes, until crisp and golden brown. Serve with sour cream and additional salsa, if desired.
Loving all these cinco de mayo flavours! We love these type of Mexican flavours in our house but we should probably extend our repertoire beyond tacos and fajitas. This is definitely a great one try. Thanks for a delicious looking recipe!
These look like the perfect Cinco de Mayo treat and it would be easy to make these for a party. Great how-to photos and recipe. Thanks.
It looks easy and tasty! Thanks for sharing. :)
i love mexican food and i love the flavors of this dish! these look perfect and so easy to make :)
We love taquitos…and Cinco de Mayo. These look amazingly delicious!
I’ve never made my own taquitos before… i’ve always baked them from being frozen! the horror. These look great, Georgia! Happy Cinco de Mayo :)
These look great! I wonder if they would be just as good without meat or with a vegetarian “chicken”. Can’t wait for Friday’s cocktail recipe! ;)
Seriously yum! I am all about baking normally fried Mexican favorites and it sounds like you did a super job here! :)
delish! made some of these a few weeks back. they’re easy and fun – love to mix up the ingredients! can’t wait for warmer weather – definitely calls for outdoor dining and salted, frozen margs!
These look delicious! Love that they are baked and not fried. Perfect Cinco de Mayo dish.
Georgia these look just perfect! I’m bookmarking to make on Cinco de Mayo!
This will make such a nice dinner for my date night, definetely makes chicken sound amazing not boring!! And I love all that cheese too!
sounds awesome! i love taquitos, but i usually make them fried, not baked. i love this healthier alternative, + may actually try ’em later this week. thanks for the idea!
I love baked taquitos… yours look awesome!
I love chicken taquitos but so rarely eat them because they are usually fried. These sound so awesome, Georgia!
so funny- I was just thinking yesterday that rolled tacos would be a good thing for my son to make for his blog! These look wonderful!
I love that they are baked! They look amazing Georgia…Pinning :)
They look fantastic!
Ooo, Mama vegetarian feels a meat cheat coming on….
Haha, do it! I’ll take total blame for influencing your meat cheat… xx
This is shaping up to be the best week ever. ;) I love Mexican and these look amazing!
I’m just exploring your blog now and I’m impressed! All your food is so colorful and appetizing. I just added you to my google reader =)
These looks amazing and perfect for Cinco de Mayo with a nice margarita! Love this!
you’re on a Mex kick lately… i wish i was your friend and neighbor. I love Mexican food and your pictures just make me salivate even more for it.
Gorgeous blog design and delicious looking recipe! Can’t wait to start following.
This is definitely going on the list to make very soon. The taquitos look perfect!
Oh my word. These are so happening this weekend! YUM!
I crave Mexican food about 95% of the time. These look great! Love that they are baked & not fried :)
Oh wow – I love taquitos! Mexican food is a favourite in our house!
I love that they are baked. They look absolutely awesome. I’m going to search our grocery stores for the 4″ fajita shells…I can hardly wait for Target to come to Canada (2013 they say).
Alright, I think I just found what I am making for Cinco de Mayo this weekend!! My husband loves taquitos, but I have never made them because of the fried aspect. These are perfect, Georgia!
I just made some taquitos from another bloggers post, but that does not mean I will not try another version. Yours do look tasty and the best thing is how they bake up nice and crisp! Tex Mex is always welcome here-yum!
Yum! I love chicken taquitos! Must make these asap. Your photos are lovely, too!
Yay for baking! They look stunning and could not be more perfect for the upcoming holiday :D
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That looks really yummy!!!! I love tacos so I think I would really love this!!
What a hit these will be at our dinner table. Love all of the flavors.
This looks absolutely perfect! Yum!
I love Mexican food (in fact I had some for lunch hehe) so I would be all over these taquitos!
I love Taquitos, they are just fun to eat! These look great, and I love baking them at home so they are healthier!
I love how this type of dishes gets people together. Everyone stretching their arms out across the table shouting “hand me the wrappers!” plus, they have endless possibilities. they never look as splendid as yours though ;)
These would go over so well in my house!!! And I love that they’re baked.
Perfect meal for Cinco de Mayo weekend! ;-) Loving all these delicious photos!
These look wonderful, Georgia…just perfect for Cinco de Mayo! And I’m totaly in awe of your pictures; they are amazing!
OMG!!! I absolutely love this idea. I make fried taquitos all the time. I love this recipe bc “no oil” needed. As it it I try to use a little, but when frying it’s kinda hard. I’ll be making these next week! Thanks a bunch!
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Drooling over at each n every photo.
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yummy baked treats!! a perfect addition to any fiesta!!
Gorgeous taquitos. Growing up, I’d always buy them from el pollo loco but these taquitos look a hell of a lot better than the fast food kind (of course!).
These sound just delicious!!
I love that these are baked. That means I can have 2 :) Really Georgia you have me hungry!
Girl, I haven’t had a taquito in SO LONG! I want…
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I love how quick and easy these taquitos are!
Your pictures are so vibrant Georgia, I love them
Your chicken taquitos rock! I love that you put cream cheese in them – great flavor!
These look so yummy! I am thrilled that they are baked, so now I want feel as guilty when I have them and it is great that you can freeze them!
Oh, my…another fabulous idea for Cinco de Mayo!!! These look delicious…my family would love your version, Georgia!
These look fantastic Georgia and they incorporate some of my favourite flavours… love that you can freeze them too – so practical.
These look incredible and I love your photos!
I always love a recipe that can be made ahead of time! Great idea for Cinco de Mayo.
With all of the Cinco de Mayo recipes I’ve been seeing lately, this has to be one of my favorites!
OOH! Yummy! Just yesterday I was telling my husband I wanted to make taquitos, which I’ve never made before. Today I made carnitas but made enough tortillas so that I could make something else with them. I’ll definitely be making these! I’ll let you know how they turn out. :D
What a great make ahead dish, super kid friendly too.
OH MY GOD! The caps are needed here. I just made these and they are AMAZING. I’ve never had taquitos before now and this is the only recipe I’ll ever use. It’s perfect. I left out the salsa just because I don’t like it and used powdered onion and garlic because I was lazy and they’re still super yummy! And I covered the chicken in Tony Chachere’s before I cooked it to make it really spicy. I’ve been craving fried tortillas lately (who does that? It was weird) and this took care of that craving! The husband loved them too. Thank you so much! :)
These look amazing! I think I may try them with fish too! Yummy! Thanks for posting!
Looks yummy. Does the chicken have to be cooked before putting it in oven?
As the recipe states, the chicken does need to be cooked before baking the taquitos.
Just curious, when making ahead & freezing. Do you bake them first a bit or just put right into the freezer after assembling?
How do they hold up? the tortillas don’t get hard & crispier than normal?
I wouldn’t recommend baking in advance of freezing. The tortillas will harden a bit from being in the freezer, but just defrost them in the fridge before baking.
These look delicious! I have type 1 so I love finding diabetic friendly recipes plus my husband and I just love mexican food! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try it :)
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What a tasty recipe! I made this during the week and my family loved it. It was simple, hearty and you couldn’t just have one. We added more ingredients as suggested in the beginning, like the corn and hot chilies for heat, and cheated a little by using Kraft’s Tex Mex shredded cheese blend. Thanks for the recipe, it’s definitely something I’ll come back to :-)