Saturday, December 25, 2010

Taquitos! Merry Christmas too!

Baked Chicken Taquitos
4 ounces cream cheese, softened (I used chive and onion)
1/3 cup green salsa (I just used regular)
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro (I skipped)
1 green onion, sliced finely 
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 1/4 cup grated monterey jack cheese

14 small yellow or white corn tortillas (I don't like corn so I used my pre-cooked uncooked flour torts!)
kosher salt
cooking spray

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix softened cream cheese, green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder. Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions. Add chicken and 1 cup cheese and combine well.

Working with a few tortillas at a time, place 3-4 between two damp paper towels and microwave for 30-45 seconds, until tortillas are soft and pliable and don't crack while rolling. (I didn't have to do this as I used uncooked tortillas and just cook them, making sure to not cook until crispy) Place 2-3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture on the lower third of a soft tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges. Then roll it up as tight as you can. Use a toothpick to secure if need.

Place filled taquitos seam side down on the baking sheet, making sure they don't touch each other. When ready to bake, spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and lightly sprinkle some kosher (coarse) salt on top.

Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown. Remove from oven, top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Serve immediately with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole on the side. These extras really made the taquitos for us!

I loved these!  This is my kind of meal.  I just wish my kids liked mexican food.  I end up making quesadillas for them.  Booo!
****This is great with CANNED chicken!  Throw the chicken and the spices in a pot along with the cheeses and it makes a great mexi-dip too!  YUMMMMMY!


LC said...

I love to buy taquitos with salsa and guacamole from my fave mex. restaurant. Now I can make them myself? Yay!
These sound very yummy.
Merry Christmas to you too!

Megz said...

Why don't you just buy them from a box?
And if you're not using corn torts are they really taquitos? I'm just so confused between burritos, enchiladas, tacos, chimis,etc....I need an authentic Mexican to clarify the difference.

LC said...

These were yummy! We all liked them--and that is a rare thing. I doubled the recipe so we could have them for lunch tomorrow.
I just used what I had on hand--red instead of green salsa, no chili or onion powder, no green onions and I used lemon instead of lime. Also, I used white corn tortillas that I sauteed in butter first, before filling. Mmmm. The flavor contrast of the corn tortillas with filling was perfect.
Anyway, thanks for another winning recipe. I'll definitely want to make this one again for Mexi-night.