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Taquitos Recipe

An easy and delicious meal! These creamy taquitos are a family favorite! 
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 22 mins
Total Time: 47 mins
Servings: 16 taquitos

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 small yellow onion - diced
  • 8 oz cream cheese - softened
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese - shredded
  • 1 cup Colby Jack cheese - shredded (can also use cheddar cheese or Mexican blend)
  • 4 oz diced green chiles - (1-4 oz can) don't drain
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 16 6 inch flour tortillas

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place a silicone baking mat on a baking sheet, or line with parchment or aluminum foil. (makes for easy clean up). 
  • In a sauté pan over medium heat, brown the beef and onion together. Discard any excess fat that may have accumulated while browning the beef. 
  • Transfer the beef and onion mixture to a large bowl. Add the cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, Colby jack cheese, diced green chiles, salt, pepper, and cumin to the bowl. Mix to combine.
  • Add 2-3 T. of meat mixture to each flour tortilla. Roll up and place seam side down on a baking sheet. 
  • Lightly spray the tops of the taquitos with olive oil or avocado oil spray. (Not heavy handed... just a light mist).
  • Bake for 18-25 minutes or until lightly crisp and golden brown on top. *
  • Serve with salsa and a garnish of cilantro if desired. 

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Notes

  • You can turn the broiler on for a minute or two towards the end if you wish. This will help really crisp them up! However, pay close attention! They can burn fast! Don't leave them unattended. 
  • Substitute ground chicken, ground turkey, ground pork instead of ground beef for a leaner option.
  • If you’d prefer to make these vegetarian, simply swap out the beef for mashed sweet potato and black beans.
  • If your taquitos are not staying rolled, you can put a toothpick through the center to hold it together.
  • Shred your cheese at home from a block to ensure better melting.
  • Be sure your cream cheese is brought to room temperature prior to mixture.  If it isn’t soft, it will not incorporate easily and filling will be chunky instead of the smooth consistency we are going for

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal (9%), Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 9g (18%), Fat: 14g (22%), Saturated Fat: 7g (35%), Cholesterol: 48mg (16%), Sodium: 180mg (8%), Potassium: 129mg (4%), Vitamin A: 320IU (6%), Vitamin C: 0.9mg (1%), Calcium: 118mg (12%), Iron: 0.8mg (4%)