Baked Chicken Taquitos

These easy Baked Chicken Taquitos are stuffed with chicken and cheese and make a great appetizer or meal. These homemade taquitos are a family favorite! Plus, learn how to make taquitos you can freeze for later!

Baked Chicken Taquitos loaded with toppings on pan

Baked Chicken TAQUITOS!

Our boys love yelling TAQUITOS! It is a fun word to say so I don’t blame them. Plus, they love eating homemade taquitos so every time we make them, they get super excited. And I don’t mind making them because they are actually fun to make. Sometimes, I even sing a little song when I make them…”Rolling, rolling, rolling, get those taquitos rolling!” I don’t whistle while I work, I sing while I cook:)

Homemade Taquitos topped with guacamole, cheese and tomato

How to Make Taquitos

Taquitos are basically rolled up tacos, stuffed with your choice of meat and cheese, and then fried crisp. To keep these taquitos on the healthier side, we bake them in the oven. Don’t worry, you won’t miss the frying, they still get nice and crispy in the oven.

Taquitos are usually made with corn tortillas and flautas are usually made with flour tortillas. We love using corn tortillas for these taquitos. They are gluten-free and so delicious!

We start with corn tortillas, add shredded chicken and cheese, and roll them up. When the taquitos are done baking, we top them with all the toppings…shredded cheese, lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, cilantro, pico de gallo, and queso fresco. We also serve them with salsa for dipping. The boys love dipping their taquitos, it is all part of the fun!

How to make taquitos at home in the oven

These chicken taquitos can be served as an appetizer or as a meal, it just depends on how many you eat.:) They are perfect for parties because you can make them in advance and put out all of the toppings for your guest to enjoy. We are going to make them for Cinco de Mayo, which is right around the corner. I can’t wait!

A Few Baked Chicken Taquitos Tips:

  • We like to use rotisserie chicken for this recipe to keep it easy peasy. This is also a great recipe for using up leftover chicken. Just shred it and you will be ready to go!
  • Before you roll up the taquitos, place the corn tortillas in between damp paper towels and heat them up in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. This will make them easier to roll and keep them from tearing.
  • The taquitos can be made in advance. You can reheat them in the microwave or the whole pan in the oven after they have been baked.
  • You can even freeze the taquitos before you bake them. Place the taquitos on a baking sheet and freeze. When frozen, place taquitos in a freezer bag and freeze for up to one month. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and place frozen taquitos on a large baking sheet. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Are you guys ready to make some TAQUITOS? Come on, yell it with us! It’s TAQUITOS time:) Enjoy!

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Baked Chicken Taquitos

These easy oven baked taquitos make a great appetizer or meal! We like to serve them with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese!
4.69 from 64 votes

Ingredients
  

For the Taquitos:

  • 2 cups shredded chicken we use rotisserie chicken
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • 20 corn tortillas

For the Toppings:

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the shredded chicken with the cumin, chili powder, salt, garlic powder, paprika, and fresh lime juice. Stir until chicken is well coated with the seasonings. Stir in the shredded cheese.
  • Get two paper towels damp and place two tortillas at a time in between the paper towels. Place in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and roll up the taquitos.
  • Place a heaping tablespoon of the chicken and cheese mixture in the center of the tortilla and roll it up tightly. Place the tacquito, seam side down on the prepared baking sheet. Continue rolling taquitos until the tortillas and filling are gone. You should have about 20 taquitos.
  • Spray the taquitos generously with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until taquitos are golden brown and crispy. Remove from the oven and serve warm with desired toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 20g, Calories: 132kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 123mg, Potassium: 103mg, Fiber: 1g, Vitamin A: 105IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 65mg, Iron: 0.7mg
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    1. I season a couple of boneless, skinless chicken breasts with the seasonings mentioned above the grill them on the bbq. I let them cool a little the shred the meat and season the again with ingredients in the recipe. They turn out really good!

    1. If you put them in the microwave between 2 pieces of wet paper towel they will roll well. If you use flour, no need to put in microwave.

  1. 5 stars
    Quite delicious! Excellent flavor and texture on a Friday night after teaching all week! A light meal yet filling with the addition of Mexican rice I will add twice as much cheese next time.

    We tried both the corn and flour tortillas, both were delicious.

    1. 4 stars
      I think it needs a tad more cheese. We did both corn and flour and it was unanimous- flour. They were softer and the corn was crunchy.

  2. 5 stars
    So Delicious .i really like this and all of ingredients are perfect for made this recipe.This is so sweet experience. If you like this type of recipe you can visit Friends of Pho restaurant.

  3. 5 stars
    These look amazing and they don’t look difficult to make.

    I’m putting this one on the “To Cook” list!

  4. 5 stars
    We always add a can of green chiles, some diced onion, and diced garlic to the meat. My kids just love this dish! My son actually complained because I said I was going to make it all week and flakes out. So I had to make them for breakfast – I know! – and be ate 3 of them! They were flour tortilla, so they were pretty big, and he’s a very small 10 year old! Lol! I made some with whole wheat tortillas and those actually came out more crispy. Yum! We don’t usually have nonstick spray so we just brush ours with a little olive oil. They don’t last long in the frig! Thanks for sharing! 

  5. I always thought Taquitos were boring (store bought), but these look absolutely delicious.  Your picture sold me, all the incredible toppings.  I’m 70 years old and don’t purchase prepared foods anymore.  Will definitely try this week and let you know. Dom
     

  6. I bought 2 chickens and made a triple batch. Froze them all on a large cookie sheet and then broke them apart and placed in freezer bags. Perfect for kids to make as a quick snack after school! My family loves them!

  7. This was wonderful! My husband and I are empty nesters, so I’m always trying to find new tasty recipes for just the two of us. I baked one boneless chicken breast seasoned with the cumin, garlic salt, chili powder, paprika last night and shredded in a bowl. Kept in the fridge overnight to make tonight after work. I’ve never really been a fan of corn tortillas, but I love these! Baking makes all the difference. Mixed the cheese into the chicken, assembled and had dinner on the table in no time. Yum-Oh!

    1. I use regular size corn tortillas. But I make sure the paper towels that I put in the micro wave are pretty wet. I had this same problem the first time I made them.

  8. 5 stars
    My husband and kids loveeeeee this!!!! It’s super easy! Sometimes I’ll also cook some hamburger meat with taco seasoning and make beef Taquitos along with chicken ones so they can have a variety!!!

  9. 5 stars
    My kids love these! I’m so glad I found a tasty, healthy alternative to the Costco taquitos that my family was addicted to! However they do get a little too crunchy…what am I doing wrong? Should I put more cooking spray on? Bake at lower temp? Pls advise. Thx!!!!

  10. 5 stars
    Such a good recipe! Didn’t leave a comment the first time I made it, but this recipe really does need kudos! I did double up the spices Since we like things with a little bit more kick and it was absolutely delicious!

  11. 5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely amazing and easy!! I will definitely be making these again. The filling ideas are endless just like the topping ideas!
    I used “Art” brand corn tortillas and didnt have to warm mine with a damp cloth. I used them straight out of the fridge. This was a first for me because all other corn tortillas break and tear.
    Thx for a great recipe!!

  12. 5 stars
    Wow! Just made these tonight. So easy and was so good. I felt like I indulged at a Mexican restaurant. lol! I will make these often. Thank you for the recipe.

  13. 5 stars
    I made with shredded pork instead of chicken and used wheat and flour tortillas. Sautéed papers and onions to go with. Added a touch of sour cream. YUMMY!! We will make again. Highly recommend!

  14. 5 stars
    We used flour tortillas and a rotisserie chicken and it turned out so good! such a fun and quick meal. we love this recipe!!

  15. Made these for the second time .. they are wonderful.. I added black beans to shedded chicken & mild Pico .. use green enchilada sauce & black bean sauce on top with cheese & green onions & Pico de Gallo

  16. I almost made your chicken taquitos tonight. My family decided to make it into tacos since they didn’t want to wait for me to roll and bake!!
    It was delicious! I followed your recipe including all the toppings and we built our own using soft flour tortillas fajita size. Deliciousness! Didn’t get a chance for a photo. This is definitely a keeper! Thanks.

  17. If I were to make a bunch of these and freeze them, would I bake them first? They look delicious and I need to use up my shredded chicken leftover from Cinco de mayo!

  18. What brand of corn tortillas did you use? They look less “grainy” or softer than most. Can’t wait to try, please share

  19. I spotted this recipe a few days ago and decided to try them as a quick meal since I was short on time, took a chance on these with my picky husband, had everything on hand, followed the recipe and these were fantastic even the husband approved! Thank you for this great recipe that didn’t involve deep frying, they were nice and crunchy, absolutely delicious!

  20. Great idea for a dinner. I love tacos, even if they are small taquitos or big tacotes. (Taquitos is just the diminutive for tacos) By the way, tacos are also usually rolled tortillas, not the funny toast thing. Tacos are rolled, that is jut what a taco is, a rolled tortilla. and flautas can also be corn tortillas, usually longer than a regular corn tortilla and fried. Tacos are not fried nor baked, but can be and then they are called tacos dorados (fried tacos). Burritos are with flour tortillas. And all that has variations from where in Mexico you are. It’s complicated but all delicious. Thanks for sharing dinner recipes, I’m always looking for ideas.

  21. 5 stars
    I made these for an appetizer – filled corn tortillas with rice that I mixed with quesadilla cheese, homemade taco seasonings & a few tablespoons of chunky non watery salsa. The Chi Chis restaurant style salsa is perfect as it’s perfect consistency and everything is shopped nice and small- Very tasty. I’m going to try flour tortilla next time.

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