Easy Baked Chicken Taquitos

Easy baked chicken taquitos are a family favorite and a crowd pleaser. With just a few ingredients, you can whip up these delicious baked taquitos.

chicken taquitos stacked on a white plate with salt on top

Tacos, or anything Mexican, are some of our favorite meals. They are customizable and everyone in the family loves them. Taco bars are often a weekly meal in our home, and for good reason.

Taquitos are much the same. They are crispy and gooey, all at the same time. Even my pickiest eaters devour these and ask for more.

Baked Chicken Taquitos Ingredients

  • Tortillas– We choose to make small taquitos, so we use street taco sized tortillas. Any size will work, though!
  • Chicken– I bake the chicken for 30 minutes, or until done, and then shred it in my food processor.
  • Cream Cheese– When I plan on baking taquitos, I grab my cream cheese and allow it to soften on the counter.
  • Cheddar cheese– shredded
  • Salsa– Use whatever your family loves- mild,spicy; red,green
  • Spices– Cumin, Garlic powder, Onion powder
  • Lime Juice– Fresh is best, but use whatever you have. You can even use 2-3 drops of lime essential oil.
  • Fresh Cilantro– You may use dried cilantro, but fresh is by far the best choice for these.
lime, cilantro, cream cheese, and shredded cheese on wooden cutting board

Baked Taquitos in 4 Easy Steps

  1. Bake Chicken and Shred in food processor or with forks
  2. In a large bowl, combine chicken, softened cream cheese, salsa, lime juice, spices, shredded cheese and mix thoroughly
  3. Fill tortillas with the mixture, but be sure you can still roll the tortillas. Don’t overfill.
  4. Bake in a preheated 425°F oven for 20 minutes
unbaked tortillas being brushed with oil and salted

Tips and Tricks for Baked Chicken Taquitos

  • Don’t overfill the taquitos. They will be crispier if you only fill with a small amount.
  • Brush the rolled taquitos with avocado oil and sprinkle with salt prior to baking to create a crispy, salty crust on the top of the taquitos.
  • After baking, broil for 1-2 minutes to make the tops even crispier.

Substitutions and Variations for Chicken Taquitos

These are totally customizable, so fill them with whatever your family will love.

  • Beef- You can replace the chicken with shredded beef or ground beef.
  • Pork- These are delicious with pulled pork in place of the chicken.
  • Breakfast Taquitos- Fill these with pork sausage, eggs, and cheese to create a breakfast taquito!
  • Cheese- Replace the cheddar cheese with a mexican blend or pepperjack blend to give them even more kick!
  • Taquitos in Air Fryer- Place frozen taquitos in the bottom of the air fryer. Coat with cooking oil. Fry at 390°F for 8-10 minutes, or until done. Shake gently to keep the taquitos moving and ensure even frying.
chicken taquitos with brushed oil and salt on top

Why You’ll love this recipe

  1. These are great on the go! Make these ahead and pack them for an easy “on the go” snack. They are even great for hot, summer evenings when the kids are hungry, but don’t want to stop playing. They can take one outside and play as they eat.
  2. Great for parties– These are crowd pleasers and wonderful for parties.
  3. Make ahead– Taquitos are a great make ahead meal. Make the filling, fill the tortillas, place them on a cookie sheet and flash freeze them (freeze them on the cookie sheet before baking them). Then, place them in a ziplock to bake later.
baked chicken taquitos on plate

Baked Chicken Taquitos

These easy and delicious taquitos are quick to throw together and can be made ahead of time!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 people
Calories 100 kcal

Equipment

  • bowl
  • cookie sheet
  • parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 cooked chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 12 flour tortillas

Instructions
 

  • Bake chicken and shred in a food processor or with forks.
  • Mix the chicken, cream cheese, salsa, spices, cilantro, shredded cheese, and lime juice thoroughly.
  • Fill tortillas with mixture and roll up tightly, laying on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Brush the tops with oil and sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake in a preheated 425°F oven for 20-25 minutes.

Notes

Don’t overfill the tortillas.  
Broil after baking for a few minutes to create a crispier crust, but keep an eye on them!
Don’t overcrowd the pan so that the side can crisp up, too.
If the tortillas are hard to roll, microwave them to soften them.
Serve with: sour cream, guacamole, and salsa!
Keyword chicken taquitos, taquitos
baked hot chicken taquitos on a white plate and wooden table

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