Easy Homemade Chicken Taquitos

Flour tortillas, filled with chicken, salsa and cheese and baked until hot and crispy. Homemade chicken taquitos are an easy meal with simple ingredients that are sure to become a favourite.

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What is a Taquito?

Taquitos are basically little rolled up tacos that are then baked or fried so the outside is nice and crispy.

They can be filled with chicken, beef, or beans. I’ve even seen them made with shrimp. Once they are hot and crisp you can serve them with a variety of dipping sauces or toppings.

angle showing inside of rolled chicken taquitos with sauces

They make a great meal or appetizer, and it is easy to make a large batch to serve a crowd.

I like them because they are easy to eat with my hands and they don’t tend to be as messy as traditional tacos, which means I can sit on the sofa, watch a movie, and eat dinner without my filling spilling everywhere. 

They also make a great lunch when reheated and you can keep a batch in the freezer ready to go.

Flautas vs Taquitos

Things are about to get a little tricky- not really, but kind of. Typically speaking, flautas are made with flour tortillas and taquitos are made with corn tortillas.

However, most restaurants even many store bought and commercially prepared taquitos are also flour tortillas. People tend to enjoy them more with flour tortillas, but prefer the name taquito, so when we were doing our research for the recipe, we decided this was the most appropriate.

dressed chicken taquitos on a plate

Chicken Taquito Recipe Ingredients

Baked taquitos are super easy and quick to make, especially if you are baking them. Here is what you’ll need.

ingredients for chicken taquitos
  • Cooked chicken
  • Salsa
  • Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Flour Tortillas

Tips for Baked Taquitos

The recipe calls for precooked chicken. Use leftovers from another meals, a rotisserie chicken from the store or even the frozen chicken strips.

Also feel free to bake or slow cooker your own chicken breasts or thighs.

Of course, feel free to make them with other proteins or even make a blend.

How To Make Taquitos

One. Mix the shredded chicken, prepared salsa, taco seasoning and cheese in a medium size bowl.

chicken taquito filling in a bowl

Two. Spread 3-4 tablespoons of filling down the middle of a tortilla then roll it up.

how to stuff chicken taquitos

Three. Place the rolled taquitos seam side down on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray or lined with parchment paper.

Four. Spray the tops of the taquitos with olive oil spray or lightly brush with a bit of oil.

chicken taquito rolls on a baking sheet

How long to cook taquitos in the oven?

Five. Place in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes until the cheese is melted and taquitos are lightly crispy.

crispy baked chicken taquito rolls on a baking sheet

Remove from the oven and serve with your favorite toppings and sauces.

How to Fry Chicken Taquitos

If you prefer, you can fry your chicken taquitos instead of baking them. 

Fill the tacos just as if you are going to bake them, but secure the seam by placing a toothpick through the taquito to hold them closed.

Place a deep, heavy bottom skillet on the stove and fill with about ½ inch of oil. Heat the oil on med-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer you can drop a small piece of tortilla into the oil, if it sizzles and begins to bubble the oil is ready.

chicken taquitos on a serving platter

Using tongs, carefully lower the taquitos into the oil. Cook for about 2 minutes until the bottom is crisp and golden then very carefully turn the taquitos and cook for a few minutes more.

Remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towel.

If you have a deep fryer you can also use that instead of frying these on the stove top. Heat the fryer to 350 degrees and once it has reached temperature carefully lower the taquitos into the fryer using tongs to place them in the basket and then cook for about 4 minutes.

Air Frying Homemade Chicken Taquitos

Fresh, homemade taquitos won’t need as much time in the AF as frozen and you’ll get the crunch from deep fried without all the grease.

plate of homemade baked taquitos

Preheat to 350 degrees and lightly spray the tortillas with cooking spray. Place into the AF basket, being careful not to crowd them, and cook for 6 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.

How to store and reheat Baked Chicken Taquitos

Taquitos are easy to freeze and make a great grab and go lunch or snack.

You can freeze either before or after cooking them.

To freeze before simply fill and roll the taquitos and place seam side down in an airtight container, place a piece of wax or parchment paper between layers to keep them from sticking together.

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When it comes time to bake, remove from the freezer, place on a baking sheet, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and bake an additional 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and taquitos are crispy and golden.

To freeze after cooking just wait for them to cool then store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.

You can reheat pre-cooked frozen taquitos in the microwave or in the oven.

How to serve Homemade Chicken Taquitos

One of my favorite things about taquitos is the endless amount of toppings and sauces you can serve them with.

Sometimes I might keep things really simple and just serve them with a dish of salsa and sour cream, but sometimes I like to load them up with everything I can think of.

Some suggestions for serving are:

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Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9×13 baking sheet with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the shredded chicken, salsa, cheese and taco seasoning until well combined.
    chicken taquitos filling
  • Spread 3-4 tablespoons of chicken along the middle of a tortilla then roll it up. Place the taquito seam side down on the baking sheet and repeat with remaining filling and tortillas.
    rolling taquitos
  • Depending on the size of your tortillas you should get 10-12 taquitos.
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes until the filling is hot, cheese is melted and taquitos are lightly crispy and golden brown.
    baked taquitos
  • Remove from the oven and serve with your favorite toppings.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how they were in the comments or ratings.

Nutrition

Calories: 170 kcal, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Protein: 7 g, Fat: 8 g, Saturated Fat: 4 g, Cholesterol: 18 mg, Sodium: 484 mg, Potassium: 125 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 2 g, Vitamin A: 290 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 176 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 170
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken taquitos, homemade taquitos
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Jessica the mom, wife and food lover behind Savory Experiments. She is obsessed with butter, salt and bacon and spends all her time in the kitchen and behind a camera. Jessica is a contributor to PopKitchen by Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal Food + Travel and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    I usually eat taquitos either in a restaurant or from a box (frozen). For some reason, I’ve never made them from scratch. I’ll have to try your recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    The simplicity of these is fantastic! I’m always looking for a quick party food to whip up, and these will definitely be added to my list.

  3. 5 stars
    My kids love taquitos, but I usually make the frozen ones, lol. I will have to try this homemade version soon. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious and an easy and quick recipe. Love to make some this weekend and make my family happy with this Happy Meal. thanks