Baked Chicken Taquitos

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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 on platter ready to serve

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!
4.68 from 62 votes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Total Time
40 minutes


For the Taquitos:

  • 2 cups shredded chicken we use rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • 20 corn tortillas

For the Toppings:


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 Facts
Baked Chicken Taquitos
Amount Per Serving (20 g)
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 123mg5%
Potassium 103mg3%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. So bright and vibrant! I love the look of these and the idea of sharing. The only thing is, I’m not very good at sharing my food, haha.

  2. 5 stars
    These we delicious! I used flour tortillas because my family prefers them to corn tortillas. They got so nice and crispy in the oven. The recipe is very fast once the chicken is ready. My family agreed that these were so much better than the ones you can buy in the freezer section of the grocery store.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m halfway through my second pregnancy and the whole time all I have been wanting to eat is taquitos!! I made these tonight and they were a huge hit!! My hubby and I loved them and so did my two year old! Thank you for another awesome recipe!

    1. What kind of non stick spray to use / type if oil? Would olive oil spray work?
      Can’t wait to try these for my taquito loving family!

    1. We don’t use that cheese and we don’t use cumin, paprika, garlic, and we fry the flauta (taco)

      We can use all that things but not for flautas or tacos. 

      Thanks for love Mexican food. I hope you eat a real Mexican food. 

      Have an excellent day!

  4. Just made this and we liked it a lot. Next time I will add some jalapeño’s and onion before baking. 

    1. 5 stars
      My Family absolutely loved these the last time I made them and am making them again this evening! I cook the boneless chicken in the crockpot with chicken taco seasoning, chicken broth and cilantro. Then use 1/2 flour and 1/2 corn tortillas for a variety. Thank you for an amazing alternative to tacos!

  5. 5 stars
    A friend on Facebook posted this recipe and I had to try it. So tonight for dinner I made them, and OMG they are so good. I ate 5 of them. I love taquitos but they are so unhealthy because of them being fried but these are perfect for those, like me who are trying to eat healthy but still love Mexican. Will keep this recipe in the dinner line up forever. 

    1. We have had veggie tacos before w/ diced sweet potatoes, corn and black beans. Add all the spice her recipe calls for. It is delicious.

    2. They make fake chicken and beef and things. I am a vegetarian and usually try and sub fake meat in recipes. It usually turns out alright and it tastes good as well.

  6. 4 stars
    We made these tonight for Cinco de Mayo! They are SO easy and delicious! We did have some trouble with the corn tortillas staying rolled up. I would like to try these with flour tortillas.

  7. 5 stars
    These were delicious and filling! My daughter has celiac and I look for gluten free healthy recipes. She’s never had a taquito before because most processed ones are with flour. I never thought of making them. These were easy and so good! Thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    maria, another “win”. thanks!
    we love tacquitos, but I do not like frying foods if I can help it.
    these were so easy to make and so tasty.
    it was hard to believe they were so crunchy without being fried!
    thanks again for a great family dinner recipe.

  9. Going to try these soon. Queso Fresco sounds like it’s much the same as kefir. I make kefir, and mine is usually like a fresh cheese. Think I could substitute kefir for Queso Fresco?

  10. I made these recently for my 2 year old and he loved them! And so did my husband and I 🙂 Can’t wait to make them again!!

    1. I’d also love to know. Mine came apart when I rolled them, even after the microwave 🙁 

  11. 5 stars
    I made these vegetarian. Yum! One batch with cumin and garlic spiced refried beans, chedder and onion…one batch with cumin black beans, rice, tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic. Both great!

  12. These were so good and super easy to make. My family of six ate these without complaining. (Which isn’t normal…lol) Thanks!

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